You know when you are so happy that all you want to do is get up and dance? That's how I felt my first day in Vienna. My crazy "organizing every detail of the trip" self hired a private car to take me from the airport to the hotel located in downtown Vienna. Called Austria Trend Hotel Rathauspark. When I first walked in all I could think was, "well this is not the Radisson Blu in Berlin, but it's perfect!" Left my belongings and continued my journey.
Walked a couple of blocks and there it was. Vienna, as seen in the movies! What a beautiful city. The trees leaves were yellow, white and pink. Gorgeous, isn't it? I could smell the Spring as the wind blew into my face.
I love to walk with no sense of direction. You know like getting lost... But not really because it's the year 2016 and we have phones with GPS. Walked for hours and hours and took marvelous pictures of the city's architecture and it's beautiful (and multiple) parks.
At 6:00 pm I started to head back to the hotel room, quickly change my clothes and got ready for my Viennese Food Tasting at the Hotel Stephanie across town. Let's be honest, I was very scared. What if I don't like the food? What do I do if I don't like the food? AAHH. When I arrived to the restaurant, my fear was gone the moment I read the menu. All the ingredients that the Austrian dishes contained were of my like. "So what the hell! Let's get a little a drunk and, without a doubt, taste everything!" For those that know me personally, you know how picky I am! So YAY me! Haha
All the dishes were just AMAZING! It made me wonder how many dishes I haven't tried in my life just because I was scared. The point of this trip was to overcome my fears, so from now on I am going to be more open and try as many dishes I can. Of course, if it's something really weird, like I don't know... A cows brain?! I am allowed to say No.
Anyways, you can read all about my Austrian food tasting here.
After eating this wonderful five course dinner, I came back to the hotel and got ready for a good night sleep. But hey, the night doesn't end there. I don't know what happened but an adrenaline rush just hit me and BOOM! I started dancing, Facetime multiple friends, listen to some good music and suddenly, I twisted my ankle!!
"God, please don't let anything ruin my trip!" "I forbid my ankle to be broken" "No no my ankle is NOT broken" That's all I could say to myself when I was laying in the floors yelling in mute. Yelling in mute? You know when you open your mouth when you are hurt "like you are yelling AAAARGHHH" but nothing comes out of your mouth. I didn't want the concierge to think I am crazy?!
Anyways, I forbid my ankle to be broken. And it wasn't! (That's what I thought then) But hey, the ligaments were in serious trouble. Oh no. Now what? I iced it all night, took painkillers and tried to "walk". Everything was a huge failure, but like I said before nothing is going to ruin this trip!
So what? I twisted my ankle and I can't walk. That is NOT going to ruin my trip. I repeat: Is NOT going to ruin my trip! I woke up early in the morning and surprise surprise, I couldn't walk. Shit. I went to the tour I scheduled for that day anyways... So as you can imagine I limped all day.
Luckily, the only part when I had to walk was at the Schonbrunn Palace. The rest of the tour was by bus! One thing I should mention was that people were staring at me with a "Oh Honey, I'm so sorry you are hurt...." Face. "Grow up people, I am hurt and I am in Vienna and nothing is going to ruin this trip so yeah I am going to limp all day long so get used to it!" That's what I should've said. In reality, I just kinda smiled and awkwardly looked down to the floor.
I can imagine what people were thinking of me... I am all alone in a tour with more than 60 people in a bus. Hence, no one is alone in this tour. They were either in couples or with their entire families. Of course, people will always think the worst of you. "She was born like that" "Poor girl, must be hard to be handicap!" You get the point. No people, I twisted my ankle last night.
Apart from all the stares, my day was amazing. Although, I would've prefer to be able to walk a little faster. But again, that was not an option.
The pain medication was wearing off and OMG IT HURTS LIKE A BITCH!!!! First thing I do, call my brother of course. He's always good with advice and always my first choice when an emergency like this arises. (Well, any kind of emergency! Haha) Jo, my brother, gave me some great advice and even sent me a link with all information I needed to know about my injury! Thank you, bro.
But wait, the story is not over yet. I walked for four days without knowing my bone was broken. Everyone, including my mother, my brother and friends told me that If I could walk then its definitely not broken. I agreed, I still remember the pain when I broke my arm in middle school and that was no joke. I was sure the bone was not broken, and so does everyone else.
Walked for hours and hours on the next few days, went up and down the stairs, rode a bicycle...I did it all! It hurt, but it was OK. On my last day, I decided I couldn't walk anymore. My foot looked like a green swollen potato with multiple bruises all over. Solution? Took a segway tour. It was a lot of fun!
The segway saved my vacation, if it wasn't for this magical invention I would've miss the majority of Vienna's top sights.
When I came back to the US, I head over to the Urgent Care near my neighborhood to get an X-Ray (just in case). I swear I still believed it was nothing. When I saw the X-Ray, I almost fainted. I couldn't believe I walked for four days with a foot like this:
At least it's a good story to tell! 😉
Until next trip,