“Have you been to Vienna? No? Good. We’re going to Vienna”.
That was pretty much how the conversation went when my co-conspirator for the #12in12 challenge and full time best friend Mark invited me to Vienna for my birthday weekend. It didn’t matter that I’d already ticked off two countries in May, since when did I ever turn down an opportunity to travel? (let alone an opportunity to travel with my best friend/partner in crime).
Work finished and Heathrow-bound, I couldn’t wait to get on that plane. In my excitement, I arrived at the terminal early leaving messages on Mark’s whatsapp such as “Where are you? I want to goooooo“. “I’m here” he replied “Where are you?”.
Oh bugger. I was in the wrong terminal. This weekend was off to a great start.
Thankfully, I had enough time to make it over to Terminal 3 but I’m sorry, since when does British Airways leave from Terminal 3?? Terminal 5 is their terminal! Anyway… crisis averted and we were off.
Mark had a few restaurants he wanted to check out but we didn’t really have plans for the weekend; there were no lists of things we had to do or places we had to go. It was a healthy dose of time out – just what we both needed.
We wandered around Vienna simply soaking up the atmosphere, hitting our respective Fitbit step challenges and eavesdropping on Asians (especially Koreans, we can’t help it). Add in coconut fro-yo and schnitzel in street side cafés and we were on to a winner.
Mark – being the awesome being he is – had booked me a birthday surprise at Fox In A Box. Fox In A Box run escape rooms in Vienna and for anyone unfamiliar with the concept, the idea is that you get locked in a room for an hour and have to complete a series of puzzles within the time in order to escape the room. There’s always a back story to help you get into it (we were in a nuclear bunker) and sometimes there’s even costumes (we were in ex-British army combat jackets, very similar to the ones I used to wear when I did army cadets!). Mark had already done a few of these but it was my first time. I was slightly surprised by how hard it was, no kidding it was a real challenge but ever so much fun and I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking to do something a little less mainstream when they visit Vienna!
The weather was too good to waste walking around inside museums and palaces so instead we were embarked on our own little walking tour of Vienna. Vienna isn’t particularly big but we still managed to cover some serious ground. We also established that I have the superior sense of direction so I took on the task of dictating our route. Oh yes.
obsession for sorry, love of reviews, Mark was placed in charge of deciding where we eat. I have to admit though, he did a pretty good job! He found this great little coffee shop that served up the best matcha green tea latte I’ve had in a long time. I could’ve stayed there all day. Add in the spicy scrambled eggs, the delicious peanut butter pancakes and the adorable decor and I was sold.
There was more wandering, more eating, more wandering and lots of photo taking.
Hands down, Vienna is a beautiful city. Not the most exciting place I’ve visited but for a bit of downtime and a weekend away, it doesn’t get much better than this!