Our tour guide was an older man with wild white hair. He showed us main points around Vienna like the Hofburg Palace, then afterward many of the people in our group went to eat dinner. The restaurant we ate at served the same classic Viennese food to everyone. First we were given bread with a soup (I am used to water with a little oil and cooked vegetable soup, so this soup was extremely flavorful and absolutely amazing). Next was the main dish, schnitzel, potatoes, and cabbage. I've never had schnitzel before, but I really liked it. Apparently ours were veal, but they kind of tasted like giant chicken nuggets. Everything was SO yummy! Finally we were given something similar to apple pie for dessert.
Kristina has been to Vienna before, and wanted to try to find a street market she really liked. We found a place to look at the directions then searched on the map for the specific streets. We were trying to find the metro and asked a random man on the streets. Kristina tried talking to him, but because he had head phones in just starred at her. He finally started talking to us, and the first thing he asked was if we were from Afghanistan. We laughed and said no, from America, and Alysha said Canada. We showed him the map and told him where we wanted to go. He said that it was close enough to walk rather than ride the metro, and explained that there were a lot of “terroristy” things to see over there. We corrected him by saying “touristy” but he laughed and said, “If you’re from Afghanistan you should know all about “terroristy”. We laughed then started walking to find the market.
We finally made it there. Kristina was so happy to be back to a place she was at only a couple years ago. Apparently there were a lot of Turkish immigrants that came to Austria, so most of the stands were Turkish foods. The air was filled with a mixture of spices, and all kinds of food. Each vendor we passed tried to get us to sample and buy their food. One man wanted us to catch the sample in our mouths so both Kristina and I caught one. When it was Alysha's turn, he walked over to her and daintily place it in her mouth; it was the strangest thing. Kristina has been going on about how I need to try baklava, a layered pastry with honey inside, falafel, squished beans that are deep fried, and a duna which I tired in Germany because I was way too full! I really enjoyed both the baklava and falafel. Because we were tired of people asking us to eat their food, we deiced we would say something random that sounded like a completely different language, so they would stop talking to us. The next time someone asked us to try their sample Alysha turned and said something random and so did I. The vendor looked so confused and Kristina and Alysha couldn't stop laughing, i wish we would have gotten it on video.
After the market, we saw the top of St. Charles Borromeo Church and decided to try and make our way there. This was probably one of my most favorite places. We didn't go inside because there was a fee, but the outside was absolutely gorgeous! We had a lot of fun posing in front of this church.