Last week, my in-laws came into town. It was my mother in-law’s first time out of the U.S.; she just acquired her first passport, ever, last year. Hubs and I were both “over-the-moon” excited to have family in town. They were only here a relatively short time, but we packed in as much as we could in eight days. We took them to all the typical sights in town and even squeezed in Budapest for a few days. It always gives me a new perspective seeing both cities through fresh eyes. In Budapest, we all experienced sights for the first time, such as: Hospital in the Rock and a tour of Parliament. They were, personally, highlights of their visit for us.
Before living in Vienna, I was never one to want to continue to return to places I’d had already been. “One and done” was my philosophy. I always thought that there were so many other places in the world to explore, why would I limit myself? One of the perks of living in Vienna, specifically, is that it’s extremely affordable to travel to neighboring countries and cities. Luckily, we have two great cities nearby. Budapest and Prague have been cities that I’ve frequently visited in the last two years and will probably continue to do so for as long as we live here. We switch back and forth between them, especially when guests come to town.
On the last night, my mother in-law and I went to the Wiener Staatsoper to see Swan Lake. It was a magical end to a wonderful visit. My mother-in-law said after the performance, “Now, I feel like I’ve had the full Vienna experience”.
We miss them already!