JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

A few days back in Vienna….

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After saying good bye to Miloš, Sonja and I were on the road to Vienna.  She told me I wasn’t allowed to cry at all, or it would make her start to cry for us.  So we were going to chat and keep me distracted.  She has an awesome car, so at least we had a super comfy ride back.  And the ride took LONG.  We were on the road for over 8 hours.  There was some really bad traffic at the top of Croatia when we had to go through the tolls and then through passport control.  (It was the end of a long holiday weekend in Europe, so there were lots of people on the roads.)

We stopped at a rest stop in Slovenia that had a really excellent buffet.  After a nice hearty meal (and some free wifi usage), it was back on the road again.  Sonja went out when we got back, but I was kind of beat.  I don’t know about anyone else, but having a really emotional experience just totally wipes me out.  And saying good bye to Miloš, knowing we were going to be having to go another three months apart, was just a bit too much for me to deal with.

The next morning, I got up and headed out to meet some clients of mine.  It just so happened that these particular clients (originally Disney clients, but then they came to me when they wanted help planning a trip to Europe) were in Vienna at the exact same time as me.  I offered to get together and show them some of the highlights around the city.  It was still very warm outside, but it was nice and sunny.  I met them near the Rathaus, as their hotel was in that area, then we walked a bit around the Volksgarten, on to the opera house, then up Kärtnerstraβe to Stephansdom.  They were so super kind and took me out to lunch, after which we got some ice cream, walked up by the canal, back down to the Stadtpark (to see the Strauss monument of course) then back through the inner city to the Graben and then returning to our original meeting place by the Rathaus.  It was a really nice few hours!

 

Stadtpark in Vienna

Stadtpark in Vienna

Strauss monument in the Stadtpark

Strauss monument in the Stadtpark

Volksgarten

Volksgarten

Posing in the Volksgarten

Posing in the Volksgarten

Volksgarten

Volksgarten

 

After that, I called my friend Debbie to see if she was around while I was there.  She had some free time that afternoon, but was leaving in the morning to go home to England to spend time with her family.  So we made plans to meet up and we chilled out in the park while chatting and catching up.  After a bit, we met up with her boyfriend and we all had some beer.  But it was starting to get late, and I wanted to get back home to hang out with Sonja back at the apartment.  She made an awesome dinner, and we had a relaxing rest of the night.

 

Beers by the Rathaus

Beers by the Rathaus

Rathaus park area - set up with beer stands!

Rathaus park area – set up with beer stands!

 

The next day I had every intention of getting out and about earlier in the day, but I got hit hard with feeling depressed over being apart from Miloš.  I woke up in the morning and couldn’t stop crying because I just missed him so much.  There I was in bed alone, when all I wanted was to feel his arms around me.  I was so bummed that I just decided to go back to sleep.  When he called me later, it helped me feel better, but I think I also started crying again to him on the phone.  But he is a skilled master at cheering me up when I’m upset, so the rest of the day went much better after that.  I eventually got out, as I was going to be meeting Sonja at her office when she got out of work.  We walked around the city a bit, did some shopping, and then headed to the Rathaus to partake of all the munchies and drinkies!   (And I needed some food, as I had not eaten a THING all day.)  We hung out there for quite some time until we decided to walk back home.

 

I ate my dinner before I could even think of taking a pic, but here's my yummy waffle dessert!

I ate my dinner before I could even think of taking a pic, but here’s my yummy waffle dessert!

Rainbow in the sky!

Rainbow in the sky!

All the food and drink stands set up at the Rathaus park.

All the food and drink stands set up at the Rathaus park.

Hangin' with my roomie, Sonja!

Hangin’ with my roomie, Sonja!

 

The next day, I met Sonja for lunch at her office.  We had some Bento boxes at the restaurant right outside her building.  When she went back to work, I had a little more time to walk around, but then knew that I had to head back to the apartment and get packed up.  I needed to go through my other suitcase that I had left there back in April, to see which things needed to come home with me to prepare for the cooler weather in the fall.  (And which things could stay and await me when I move.)

 

Haha - felt like I had to take this one!

Haha – felt like I had to take this one!

 

My flight out of Vienna was at 9am the next day.  This time I decided to take the CAT (City Airport Train) back to the airport, instead of the regular commuter train.  Why had I never done this before????  For only an extra €10 (current price is €14 vs. €4 for the train that makes a ton of stops), I was actually able to have my boarding passes printed and check my luggage in AT THE TRAIN STATION.  Then I just got on the non-stop train that took us right to the airport.  I got there and there was nothing to do but go straight through security!  Holy cow!  Take the CAT if you’re going to the airport in Vienna.  Just do it.  Again, why did it take me YEARS to try this?

 

My morning caffeine hit on the way to the airport...

My morning caffeine hit on the way to the airport…

 

Anyway, if you read my post about my flight home, you’ll know that I had a really great experience to help me stay in a better mood as I left Europe.

Overall, my trip abroad this time flew by so fast.  I still can’t believe I was over there for a little more than a month!

But now I wait.  Wait for more adventures – when Miloš comes here, and when I go back over there again.  Hope that time keeps on flyin’!

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Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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