This is the 2nd part of my travel to Alpine Countries for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #27: My Travels.
Continue from my previous post…
While we were in Vienna, we took a short trip to Bratislava.
Wait a second; I knew this place. We were here in 2017 during our Danube river cruise trip. Do I have to see it again?
Revisiting was a good thing, it turned out — we took better photos this time.
Every restaurant should have a board like this!
“I want that ice cream,” I said to Wei.
Piber was next. We visited Lipizzaner Stallion Stud Farm.
“Meditating?” I asked the lady who worked there.
Am I the only one who didn’t know this is how horses sleep?
Before arriving at Hotel St. Viet, our tour guide told us it has a very unique look. He wasn’t kidding.
(Hotel St. Viet)
We arrived around 3 O’clock. I asked Wei if he would like to walk around before dinner. He said, “NO!” He sounded angry, as if I was the reason he hadn’t seen any mountain.
“FINE!” I said; I grabbed my camera and stormed out.
The moment I stepped outside of the hotel, I felt calm, peaceful and very happy (I don’t know how to describe the feeling – it was deeper than happy; it was quite comforting and satisfying.) I was ALONE! It’s only me and the universe! No tour guide, no other tourist, Wei was not by my side…
That’s when I realized how much I had missed my personal space. Wei missed his too, I was certain. You see, at home we each have our own room. Wait… we each have our own floor! Wei spends most of his time downstairs in his office or watching TV; I spend most of mine upstairs in front of my PC. And now we had 20+ others chatting, laughing around us for 6, 7, hours during the day, and at night, he and I had to share a small room.
Don’t get me wrong. I love meeting people. I am just saying how much that alone-time was welcomed and treasured, and probably needed. Sure enough, after having some alone-time, we were both in a much better mood and, apparently, had more energy.
I walked to the old town near our hotel, remembering the first time when I heard “old town”, I had a picture in my head of how “old town” was supposed to look, and was surprised at that the old-town didn’t look old enough. I knew better now.
It was Sunday; most stores were closed. Nice and quiet 😉
Another day without seeing a mountain. Time to put on a poker face.
Finally, finally, finally… on the 7th day, we saw mountains in distance when we arrived at Lienz. (Maybe we should put on a poker face earlier?)
I think I had tears in my eyes (It’s been a while…) “Let’s move here,” I said quietly.
“Do you know how many places you said you wanted to move to?” Wei said.
This is part 2 of our trip. Part 3 will be the last, I hope.
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