Hi! I must apologize, because I’ve been gone for a couple of weeks, or it feels like that at least. It is not that I had forgotten about the blog, but rather that I’ve been concentrating all my energies in finishing my third book. This one is the most complex of them all, and it has required the most research and a lot more creativity to put together.
It is a 30 day plan, and as such, it has a different exercise for each day, during a period of 30 days. This means that I have been working hard on creating mandalas, visualizations, meditations and even recipes, which are original and tailored to the book.
Last weekend, however, I took a little break and went to visit the Christmas Markets in Vienna. I had never been to Vienna before, despite wanting to ever since I saw Before Sunrise, many years ago, when I was still a teenager and Ethan Hawke was my celebrity crush.
A lot of time has gone by, but I still wanted to wander those streets and sail the Danube. To my old dream, I added new wishes: to eat Sacher-torte at the Sacher Hotel, to visit the Christmas Markets and eat street food, to breath in a city that has housed Strauss, Mozart, Freud and so many other great names.
If you’ve never been to Vienna and would like to visit all I can say, is that is is a completely amazing place. It is also super easy to get from the airport to the city centre, the CAT will take you in 16 minutes and charge you only 12 euros for a single trip or 19 for a return ticket.
The train will leave you at Wien Mitte train station from where you can get the underground to most parts of the city, which is rather small, so once in the city, you’ll be able to walk to most places.
Langos: a deep-fried flat bread, traditional from Hungary where it is served with sour cream and cheese, but in Vienna, they smeared it in garlic butter. Don’t be put off by the thought of smelling like garlic, you won’t. Be careful because it is burning hot when they give it to you, but eat fast, as it gets cold soon. It is crunchy in some parts and soft in others. Delicious!
Kürtőskalács: Or Chimney cakes. They are a sweet, crunchy, fluffy, irresistible pastry or bread. It can be dipped in cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate or nut sugar. They are made fresh, so they are always warm when you eat them.
Gluhwein is served in cute mugs. Each market has its own design and you can collect them all and keep them as souvenirs from your trip. The one above is the one we got at Stephansplatz Market.
And finally, though not at the Christmas Markets… The famous Sachertorte: A dense chocolate cake with a layer of apricot jam, coated with a dark chocolate icing…