A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
An overview of our full week of date nights!
Our first night there, we ate in the Mozart Cafe--a lovely, elegant little cafe where there was quiet classical music playing in the BACKGROUND (not drowning out all conversation). We wandered around and got our bearings, while enjoying a lovely summer rain! :) We even got to hear some organ playing and part of a mass in a cathedral!
We went to a few museums. The first was called the House of Music, where we learned about the famous composers from Vienna and how sound works! Pretty neat place!
We also went to the Albertina--a pretty incredible art museum! Here we saw all sorts of really amazing things...and some that were a little silly...
We took a train to Schonbrunn castle and walked around the amazingly extensive and beautiful gardens! WOW! It was so pretty! We walked all the way up to see the views of the castle with the city in the background. Inspiring.
In the mornings, we walked past more incredible places as I walked Devin to his classes. We saw more majestic buildings, pondered in a park dedicated to Sigmund Freud, and check out the wooden statue covered in nails! Awesome!
Then come our last couple of date nights...My very favorite was the night Devin found a 'City Walk'! We rode a tram to the very end, then followed a path through winding paths, up a hill through vineyards, and back around. It was 11km and had some fantastic vistas!! The best part, though? It POURED on us the whole time! Ha! We even scored an awesome thunder storm!! We walked close together with Devin's rain coat covering both of our heads and talked and laughed and had an absolutely marvelous time! :) At the top of the hill, we got a little confused with some of the signs, so Devin went to ask directions at a house nearby, only to find out it was a little family-run diner! So, we got to have dinner at a totally random diner in the hills of Vienna. Neat.
Last, but not least, was our very last day in Vienna. Some very good friends (whom we spent a lot of time with during the week), told us we could go to Bratislava, Slovakia in about an hour by train! So, since our flight didn't leave until the evening, we decided to hop a train and head to Slovakia for the morning! Ha! It was really fun! The scenery there was so pretty, the town of Bratislava was very calm and quaint! And we slept the whole way back to Vienna on the train! Ha! It was definitely an unforgettable trip!
After sleeping on the train, I have to admit that by the time we got on the plane that evening, I wasn't very tired! Doh! So, I didn't sleep--I did the unthinkable: I watched movies for almost 6 hours straight. It was awesome! Ha! Our plane left Vienna a little late, and our layover in AbuDhabi was SUPER short...like an hour or less. We were just a little bit panicky! We jumped off the plane as fast as we could, knowing that our plane was boarding in 5 minutes!! We pretty much ran the length of the airport (I was wearing a skirt and flip-flops...just for reference here), and found that we had to go through another security check!!!! WHAT??!?!? Why? Seriously--we just got off the airplane on our way to another connection. Why would they possibly need to put us through ANOTHER security check? We asked the security guards if we could get through faster, since the lines were LOOOOOONG and our plane was already boarding. He pretended not to speak English. Well, we did cut a little (I admit it...we cheated...), and we managed to make it through in about 20 minutes. We were really concerned, since our plane had already been boarding for quite a while, and we'd probably have to RUN back in the exact same direction we came! Doh! So, we got through, and started running, and lo and behold, our gate was right around the corner! Hooray! We jumped in just as the last few people were passing through and they were closing the gate, ready for boarding. Admittedly, it was nice to not have to sit and wait in the airport for forever. I had lots of adrenaline pumping through me, so again, I didn't sleep much. We landed in Colombo at 10am, went home, showered, and made it to church just as they were ending! Yay! Peter saw me and burst into tears--I think he was really relieved to see me. Sweet little boy. I enjoyed myself IMMENSELY, but I did miss my sweet little kiddos! I'm happy to be home with them and jumping right back into some really fun new things this year!! :) Hooray for amazing breaks that give us strength and desire to continue on!
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