Danube morning: photo by Christian Stemper, courtesy of Wien Tourismus (no.50401).
When this entry appears, I’m on the other side of the world, 8500 kilometres away.
I dashed in and out of Vienna a handful of times between 2001 and 2003 when I lived in Heidelberg; but I have no visual records of that period in time. I’ve returned to Austria’s capital city for the first time since 2018. I wondered then how a stay in the Mariahilf, the city’s 6th district, would go.
That time is now, because I’m spending a month in the 6.
To minimize weight, I’m experimenting:
• 32-L backpack as the 1 and only piece of (carry-on) luggage, and
• “no bricks no heavy glass”, but a compact mirrorless Fuji X70 camera.
The apartment location and neighbourhood are ideal. I’m within easy reach of the city’s U-Bahn, surrounded by the U3, U4, and U6 metro lines. I’ve already located a drugstore and several grocery stores, all inside a trivial 0.5 km (0.3 mi) walk. I’ve also been told I’ll have many Viennese coffees and several meals in the area.
There’s a lot to pursue, see, and do; and there’s no time to waste.