Vienna is quite simply beautiful. All of the buildings are gorgeous. Even the everyday non-historical buildings are often really ornate, or painted bright colours. The city is just amazing.
Inside St. Stephan's cathedral. The outside is currently covered in scaffolding though, so not such a pretty picture.
I'm already enjoying myself more than I was in France. Although there's nothing wrong with Lyon, and parts of it are lovely, something just didn't click when I was there. With Vienna however I'm already completely in love with the city!
One of the first things you notice, apart from how stunning the city is, is that it is so CLEAN. The complete opposite of smelly dirty London (not that I don't love London!) It's obvious that the Viennese take great pride in their city. Everyone is also a lot more friendly than they were in France :)
Monday was a beautiful sunny day, but what this picture doesn't show is the below freezing temperature!
I did have one negative incident yesterday, when I got two places that sound and are spelled similarly mixed up, and got on a train in the wrong direction. I corrected my mistake after the first stop, but on the way back in the right direction I was stopped by a ticket inspector. Because I'd gone in the wrong direction I'd gone into a different "zone" and had the wrong ticket, even though I hadn't meant to go into the other zone. I tried to explain my mistake and apologise, but I was given a fine anyway. I got quite upset, which I know sounds stupid, but it stressed me out and made me think that my German must be utter rubbish. But fortunately it's all been sorted out. I told my Austrian friend what had happened and he phoned up the train company to explain, and now I don't have to pay the fine. Phew! But I shall be really careful on all public transport from now on!
The Hofburg (Imperial Palace). This is now home to various museums and the national library.
Like when I was in France, I'm studying again whilst I'm here in Austria, at the University of Vienna. I've only had one lecture so far though, so I'll leave any comments on student life for later when I've had a bit more experience of it. The uni is split over loads of different buildings across the city, but fortunately I'm mainly in the main building, and the campus which is 5 minutes from there, so I shouldn't get too lost. The uni itself is ridiculously nice, so pictures of that in an upcoming post. It's been a bit dull and grey the last couple of days, so I'm going to wait for nicer weather to take pictures.
I haven't really ventured beyond the very centre of the city yet, but I'm meeting my friend from uni at home on Saturday, and she's been here since September, so she can show me what's what, and then I can show you lot. That is if you're not bored of year abroad posts? If you don't like them then let me know, but a lot of you seem interested, so I thought I'd do a few updates. Don't worry, it's not all going to be pictures of buildings from now on, normal content will be back soon.
Edit: I'm going to be posting shorter posts and pictures about Vienna and Austrian life etc on my Tumblr, so follow me there if you'd like :)