Basically I’ve spent the whole summer at home. Two and a half months: from the beginning of July to the middle of September. I guess that’s the perks of being a student! 🙂
I haven’t spent a full summer at home since I left for my Erasmus 5 years ago. Of course I usually came back for a couple of days during summer at some point, but I never spent that amount of time at home. And let me tell you: it was beautiful. I actually had time to arrive at home. I do confess that I never actually did empty my suitcase and it was just a messy little island in my room all the time, but I had time to breathe while I was home. Usually when I come home, it’s for a certain occasion, such as a wedding or Christmas, and then generally lots of appointments and catch-ups are involved in a rather short time. What I mean is that this time there were days in which I had nothing to do, when I went to my grandma’s for lunch, baked yet another cake or lied in the sun reading. I had time to do nothing.
And while I was home, I had time to reconnect with the little pleasures, that started to slip my mind. Like a late swim in the lake on a hot day or a spontaneous barbecue on our terrace. I had almost forgotten about the fireflies. I had time to rediscover and be astonished by the beauty of our region. I stared to suffer from that particular case of homesickness which I mentioned before: it always ever strikes me when I’m home.
Here’s some things that happened or which I enjoyed while being back home in Austria (and be sure it’s not an exhaustive list):
- My amazingly talented sister got her degree in traditional dressmaking and the whole family dressed in our traditional costumes and celebrated
- I did an internship in a web marketing agency
- My dad and me got soaked at the open air concert of Zucchero
- Having ice cream with Kathi in Salzburg
- Hiking with my dad
- We went to see the famous play Jederman and mingled with the rich and famous
- My dad, Kathi and me went to Italy over Ferragosto and had lots of cappuccino and cornetti and saw a fantastic firework
- Lots of barbecues on our terrace, some planned, some impromptu
- Lots of baking
- Lots of coffee with friends and family
- My grandmas cooking for me
- Making marmalade myself for the first time: apricot and whiskey flavour
- Motorcycle rides with my dad and Kathi
- Lots of bathing in our beautiful lakes
- Kathi tailored a bespoke and absolutely beautiful Dirndl for me
- Meeting up with my high school friends
- I got a new pair of glasses
- A blitz visit to Vienna, to participate at a Trekkie meeting, me being dressed as an intergalactic hitchhiker
- The leaves started to turn orange and slowly but surely autumn kept coming
- A weekend in the spa with mum and Kathi
- Lots of reading
- Seeing the Rolling Stones live in concert.
After seeing the Rolling Stones (!!!) live in concert (!!!) on a muddy race track and sleeping an estimate hour and a half, I left to Galicia early in the morning on the 17th of September. But that’s another story and shall be told in another blog post. 🙂
In the meantime enjoy some summer photos of my hometown, my family and some mountains.