Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday's Austria Scoop ~ @oddlynn3 #LynnCrain #AWriterInVienna #PCers

Hi Everyone!

            Before we even get started this week, I wanted to remind everyone of my monthly giveaway. I’m giving away a $25 gift certificate of your choice. The rules are all listed in the right column of the blog and here’s the recap: You must comment to enter. There’s a few other technical things but really, all you need to do is read the post and make a comment on what you’ve read. It’s that easy. Let’s get to it…
I am so sorry that this week’s scoop is late! My allergies have mainly be on hiatus while here but this year is very different and they are kicking my butt. What’s strange is that I really don’t know where they are coming from because it doesn’t seem to be any different than previous years. But what happens until I get used to living with allergies is I sleep a lot and some days more than others. 
Other than the allergy issues, this past week has been pretty much slow as life has been plodding along at a leisurely pace. The weather has been overall beautiful as there was little to no rain and the temperature has slowly risen. It’s finally turned into spring and I for one love it.
Saturday was the yearly marathon that closes down the ring as hundreds of runners take to the streets. What this means for us is that the strassenbahns, or street cars, don’t run as they go around the ring then off into the neighborhoods all over Vienna. Matter of fact, there are four of them that have limited routes during the marathon. It was really interesting not hearing them run outside my window during the day.
Also, this week, my dear husband left for a conference in the Middle East and I stayed home with Pup Harry. With the allergy issue, trust me, this wasn’t a bad trade. Pup Harry is even having his own allergy issues, so I know that this year is unique. He’s arrived safely but learned just what it meant to go to another religious country as it is the Sabbath there. His opening reception had limited drinks, including water, and only cookies for snacks. When looking at the room service menu when he returned to his room, many of the items noted that they weren’t prepared on the Sabbath. He had to pull out his emergency supply of peanut butter and graham crackers for only a snack supper. 
While here in Austria, I was enjoying the leftovers from our night out. Pup Harry enjoyed his chicken and rice along with some dry. Yes, Pup Harry is the most spoiled pup but he also has a really irritable stomach, so many times it’s just better that we feed him a mild diet that we made as opposed to wet dog food.

Since this week has been so uninteresting, I’m going to leave you with some wonderful pictures of the season. We have tulips coming up all over the place right now. They come in many different colors and brighten my steps as I walk around the city. I’ve also included some of the amazing time pieces seen at the Clock museum here. It’s a little known out-of-the-way place that we discovered when some friends were here last year. 

Hope you enjoyed this little look into Austria. See you all next week!


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