December 2014 archive

Snow white

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Photo (c) Elena Azzalini Photography

When the weather forecast predicts snow, usually my friends warn me about it but this time nobody said anything and waking up to this snowy landscape was such a nice surprise. To be honest, I had a small suspicion, because there were some snow flakes in the air the night before but I never imagined that next day the ground would be blanketed by a foot of fresh snow.

Snow and the magical air that comes with it were inviting us to take some pictures. You see, some are ski enthusiasts while my friends and I are photos enthusiasts. Those photos were snapped at Maria-Theresien Square between Natural History Museum and the Art History Museum in Vienna. We chose this place not by chance. I wanted to have those round bushes that were covered by snow as the background (and I wanted to think that they were covered not by snow but by sugar). But maybe I had too high expectations and didn’t reckon the freezing cold that made our hands suffer and forced us leave the Maria-Theresien Square and run for that warm chocolate drink at Burgring 1 Cafe!♥

Christmas lights

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Christmas lights Vienna.

I don’t post photos of myself that often, but when Silia meets Elena, magic happens. We wanted to take some pictures that capture the Christmassy atmosphere which is all over Vienna.

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We were actually inspired by the Christmas lights that sadly will not exist after the New Years Eve.

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For that reason, we visited three places. First, we went to Ringstrassen-Galerien, which is a shopping center in downtown Vienna. Second we went to the Motel One hotel which is at the opposite of the Opera House, and then we ended up at the Cafe Museum. All beautiful spots around Vienna, but above all, ideal for what we wanted to achieve. I hope you enjoy the photos like we did while we were taking them.

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Photo (c) Elena Azzalini Photography

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Breakfast at Kussmaul

Breakfast at Kussmaul

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breakfast at kussmaul vienna (7)breakfast at kussmaul vienna (9)breakfast at kussmaul vienna (10)I am often the one who picks the place, my friends follow me and they are glad to do so because as they say, I never disappoint them. This time I suggested to have breakfast at Kussmaul at Spittelberg in the 7th district of Vienna. I am content with the nice outcome of my photos on this post (consider that they have no editing, Photoshop, or filter.) But, tell me now, how lovely is that restaurant? The food, decor, and view of the cobblestone alleyways. My friend said: “I finally found where I can drink nice coffee in Vienna” and she was also excited with the cheesecake.

We ordered a Hühnersandwich, one Rösti (with salmon and creme fraiche), one coffee, a limonade, one cheesecake, and pancakes. The best of all is that while we were having breakfast (late breakfast on Saturdays) I received an email from the university. And yes, I passed that course that made me suffer last semester. So happy!!! ♥

Erasmus in Vienna

erasmus student in vienna I’m Jasmina, an ERASMUS-exchange student from Finland and currently studying at the University of Vienna for one semester. I’ve been living in Vienna for almost three months now and I got to say that I love it here!

I would definitely recommend doing an exchange in Vienna. Why? First of all, you’ll learn German. I always try to use German when I get the chance and I feel like I’ve really improved my skills. Second, the University of Vienna is amazing. When I first saw the main university building, I was like woah. You should check it out, it’s pretty impressive with its majestic hallways, painted ceilings and everything. I’ve also been very happy with my classes (you can find courses in English, too). Third, and maybe most importantly, the city of Vienna is simply great.

What do I like about Vienna, then? Well, it’s just so beautiful here! There are so many gorgeous buildings everywhere and everytime I’m wandering around the city, I can’t help but to admire the architecture. Vienna is also a big city, so you’ll always find things to do. One of my favorite pastimes is to visit cute cafes and shops. I keep finding new places all the time, hopefully I’ll have time to visit all of them before I leave! Sometimes I also enjoy having a nice Austrian beer in one of the many traditional pubs.

Here are some random facts and things to consider when coming to Vienna.

1. Finding an apartment can be tricky, especially if you’re looking for a place for just a few months. I was lucky and found mine here. So I live in a shared apartment with two other people but you can also choose student housing. I haven’t heard many complaints about them either but personally I prefer living in a WG. For me they feel more homey than dorms.

2. Bring cash. Most restaurants and bars don’t accept credit cards, so consider yourself warned.

3. Customer service isn’t always the best in Vienna. I’ve noticed that especially waiters can be quite unfriendly so don’t expect smiles. Of course this is not true for all places but I’m just giving you a heads-up.

4. Vienna has good connections to other interesting cities. You can easily reach Budapest, Prague and Bratislava with a bus or a train without breaking your wallet.

5. There are a lot of sushi places in Vienna. And they are cheap.

All in all, I’m very happy I chose Vienna as my exchange destination. I’ve made a bunch of new friends, tried new things, seen interesting places and learned a lot. Vienna is definitely a lovely place to live. Come visit and see it for yourself!