Unfortunately, with the passing of the 23rd of September, summer is officially over and Vienna now begins moving into fall and eventually winter. It has been an amazing few months so far, and I can say that I am completely in love with Vienna. Well, summer Vienna at least; perhaps I will feel different about winter Vienna.
Summer Vienna has so much to offer. Growing up in California, I am used to having great summers, but Vienna is unique in the range of activities one can do. If you want to water ski or wake board, there is a place for that. If you want to paddle board, there is a place to rent them. If you want to go hiking, Vienna offers many amazing trails to hike on that go through wineries and forests. All within just a few minutes of the city.
During the summer, one can find many people along the Donau river barbequing, sunbathing, and swimming. I’ve never lived in a city where the main river is clean enough for people to actually go swimming in it, and now I couldn’t imagine a city without it. Seeing families and friends picnicking and spending a Sunday afternoon outside together is heartwarming, and really makes one feel a sense of community in Vienna.
Though the summer is over for now, I really can’t wait for the next one. In just 3 months I have made a lifetime of memories, and I look forward to sharing food with my friends after work and relaxing by the water. Until then, I’ll have to find out what winter Vienna is all about.