An Austrian summer

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.

XX, Angie

 

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Christmas at home, like always <3

When I went to live in England with my sister, our mum made it quite clear: “You can go and live wherever you please, but at Christmas you have to be at home.” – and so it has been ever since. Some years just a couple of days, a hurry almost, some other years I spent weeks of festivities and re-charging batteries at home.
And so, just two days after coming back from Sicily, I packed my bags again (full of Panettone, Torrone, Italian sweets and coffee) as it was time to fly home for Christmas. ❤

I love this time of the year! Even tough it wasn’t cold enough in Rome and not anywhere near snowy, one could feel the hustle of the last days before Christmas and even at the airport the mood seemed different to me – or maybe I am just projecting my own expectations onto everyone else.

 

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Christmas at home is almost a sacred ritual for me. I know exactly who we have lunch and dinner with what days and when and where we celebrate. It hasn’t changed in years and I find it very reassuring and calming. It’s almost as if those couple of days follow a meticulous plan (full of traditions and food) which has never really been established, it just happened and now it’s there and everyone follows it. 🙂

The days in between Christmas and New Year’s were full of friends, snow, baking and happy doing nothing. I like it when being home is “nothing special”, as in: the way it always used to be, nothing extraordinary or exceptional.

On the 31st of December Gonzo came to visit and in the early morning I went to pick him up at the Salzburg airport. We spent a lovely “boring” New Year’s Eve with my family, my grandmas competed in cooking traditional dishes for us, we went sledge riding, had walks and photo shoots in the snow and Gonzo insisted on learning how to ski – and he did really well, considering he’s a Spaniard who’s not used to snow! 😉 In short, we had a couple of super cozy wintery holiday-days.

And after those wintery days in Austria we went to London – but that’s another story and shall be told in another blogpost.

XX, Angie