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While Vienna is emptier than usual in this time of the year, the Christmas lights till sparkle and bring joy.

Usually, these are the times of the year when there is a constant smell of mulled wine and punch over Vienna. The first Christmas markets are open and you hear a lot of Italian, Russian, English and other languages on the streets.

While Vienna is emptier than usual in this time of the year, the Christmas lights till sparkle and bring joy.

But as the rest of the year has been, Christmas time 2020 is different – Austria (like most of Europe or the rest of the world) is in the middle of lockdown 2 and lots of shops had to close. Vienna might not be as empty as in spring but compared to normal times there are very few people around.

While Vienna is emptier than usual in this time of the year, the Christmas lights till sparkle and bring joy.The days are short and when is getting dark shortly after four the Christmas lights sparkle and create isles of lights.

While Vienna is emptier than usual in this time of the year, the Christmas lights till sparkle and bring joy.While Vienna is emptier than usual in this time of the year, the Christmas lights till sparkle and bring joy.While Vienna is emptier than usual in this time of the year, the Christmas lights till sparkle and bring joy.While Vienna is emptier than usual in this time of the year, the Christmas lights till sparkle and bring joy.

Christmas markets will open on December 7th – the earliest and we´ll still don´t know if it will happen at all. Many coffee houses offer not only coffee and cakes to take away but also mulled wine and punch. Grab a cup (or better bring your own cup) and enjoy a walk under the lights.

While Vienna is emptier than usual in this time of the year, the Christmas lights till sparkle and bring joy.While Vienna is emptier than usual in this time of the year, the Christmas lights till sparkle and bring joy.While Vienna is emptier than usual in this time of the year, the Christmas lights till sparkle and bring joy.While Vienna is emptier than usual in this time of the year, the Christmas lights till sparkle and bring joy.While Vienna is emptier than usual in this time of the year, the Christmas lights till sparkle and bring joy.While Vienna is emptier than usual in this time of the year, the Christmas lights till sparkle and bring joy. While Vienna is emptier than usual in this time of the year, the Christmas lights till sparkle and bring joy. While Vienna is emptier than usual in this time of the year, the Christmas lights till sparkle and bring joy.

grieving and remembering in vienna

One week ago 9 minutes changed a lot – 9 minutes that felt way longer – 9 minutes that we only knew 24 hours later that it have been 9 minutes.

grieving and remembering in vienna

Whenever I step out of my house I see the growing fields of flowers, candles and notes – one of the busiest places in Vienna has become quiet and still. There are many people around coming to say goodbye and to remember. Honouring people they probably didn´t know but whom we will remember for a long time.

grieving and remembering in vienna

“The quiet sense of something lost” – Tennyson

grieving and remembering in viennaThe Viennese is often called a bit rude and unfriendly, a true testament of the cliché of the “Wiener Grant” (the grumpy Viennese) but in times like these, we move closer together (while staying socially distanced of course). Sharing smiles, helping out relighting candles and just try to be a bit nicer overall.

grieving and remembering in vienna

Its been a quiet week here around the Schwedenplatz and will probably stay still for a while.

But there also have been reasons to celebrate, not only the countless heroes of Monday night but also a new president and fabulous vice-president of the USA. And today we learned that one of the Covid19 vaccines is in the very last stages of being approved. On a more personal note, I booked a rental car for my next Scottish adventure in the upcoming summer.

Life goes on, it´s on us to stand against any kind of racism and fascism and reach out a hand to people in need.

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