I’m in love

… with Vienna.

As mentioned elsewhere, I’m in Vienna at the moment for ECR 2008. Tonight started with a heavenly dinner at the Vital Images party in the Sky Bar. By 22:00, my night was already more or less perfect, mostly due to great company and beautiful food. However, we (an intrepid group of Medical Delta scientists from Delft, Rotterdam and Leiden) decided to go to Der Roter Engel in the Bermuda Triangle, mostly because I insisted that the night would only be complete after some cocktails. Their Long Island Tea was delectable. All of them, as a matter of fact.

In any case, of course I missed the last underground from Schottenring to Schottentor, so I was more or less forced to go for a stroll all the way to Kochgasse in Der Josefstadt, where my apartment is situated, which, by the way, I very strongly recommend to anyone visiting this beautiful city. This wonderful stroll at 1 in the morning simply confirmed my already positive feeling with regards to Vienna: this is a fantastically beautiful city and it has a very mysterious although exceptionally pleasant vibe. I will now have to start plotting nefarious plans in order to be able to come back in the near future and spend a significant amount of time getting to know her better.


6 thoughts on “I’m in love”

  1. Yes, Vienna must rate as my favourite European city (sorry Paris). I can personally vouch for the things that happen in the Bermuda triangle. People really do vanish there, usually in a puff of alcohol. Klimt’s at Schonbrun, the Hunderdwasser haus, sachar torte at Demel (mit schlag bitte), Budvar vom vas with a stelzer. Just fabulous.

    Ok, I admit I am rather jealous…..

  2. Dear Paulo,

    It is with shame that I have to admit that I did not get around to the original 39-step (or is that 36?) Sachertorte. This is one of the many reasons I am planning to go back!

    Beautiful photo by the way, my mouth is watering. :)

  3. Hi Charl,

    Good to meet you at ECR. Happy to hear you liked my home town! Will try Devide immediately after I have this grant proposal in (arrh). Did you ask your students to look into finding a broad local minimum (ie robust) instead of a potentially narrow lower one?

    Sachertorte is overrated anyway. Next year try Imperialtorte or Malakofftorte (alternatively Dobos-Schnitte). If you stay in Josefstadt again, don’t miss out on Cafe Eiles (don’t know whether these relics of olden golden times can actually be googled :-) you may see some long-term unemployed artists there

  4. Hi there Sven,

    Thanks for stopping by at my blog. It was great meeting you at ECR!

    Good luck with the proposal. Lemme know if you need help with DeVIDE or Johannes (the Builder, that is).

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