New Years in Austria

New Years in Austria

A couple of weeks ago my husbands sister invited us to spend New Years in Austria together. It worked well for all of us as it would save money for accommodation and the like. I have always wanted to visit Austria and it’s a beautiful country! We travelled to Vienna and then we took a train for 2.5 hours to Salzburg on the same day. We were so tired as we had to leave home at half 1am that morning, but we made it through the day.

I really like Salzburg; it’s so pretty and you can see the beginning of the Alps so it was very picturesque. We visited a lovely castle located at the top of a small mountain and we had plenty of beers. It was very busy though as there were many tourists from all over the world. But it was manageable.

Vienna is also a pretty city, but because it was New Years it was really busy! For New Years we found a place in the city that we thought would be a good spot for seeing the fireworks. We had our mini bottles of Prosecco and we waited anxiously for the fireworks to begin.

There were none.

We, among many many others had chosen a spot which didn’t have fireworks. Behind a large building to the left of us had all the action and fireworks! We saw a few around us but we definitely missed the main show!

Rather deflated we wandered back to the Main Street area and there was great! There were loads of people dancing to different types of music and small stages were set up so there were lights projecting all over the place. It was such a great atmosphere as we were all dancing together in the street. We got back to the apartment at 2am and we were so tired, but it was a fantastic night.

With regards to food in Austria, I really liked it however I did feel it lacked vegetables. I ordered steak with an onion gravy with noodles and although it was really nice, I just felt some vegetables would have been nice with it. I was also surprised with the noodles accompanying the steak as I don’t really understand how those two work together! But anyway I still enjoyed it!

The two photos below is Baklava and the famous Apple Strudel. The Baklava has nuts and a honey syrup and was lovely!

We tried more typical dishes like the Sniztel which is breaded meat aswell which I enjoyed.

Overall I enjoyed my time in Austria and I’d love to visit again, maybe go to Innsbruck next time!

Aisling

How China has outpaced Europe

I’ve read recently that McDonalds is now introducing a delivery service for it’s customers in the UK. Wow!!

Actually in China…. this has been happening for quite a while now! When myself and my fiancé just started dating, we would sometimes order a McDonalds. It was so easy! Log on, order your food… and bam, it should be on the way to yours pretty soon! The delivery people are usually on electric bikes; so they can whizz past all the traffic.

But anyway, China has certainly outpaced Europe with some things! We have found a Chinese phone app called 饿了吗?Hungry? and we are so happy we have figured out how to use it! As the app is all in Chinese, you do need to know some characters before you start using this.

When you open the app, restaurants nearby will pop up. Each restaurant has pictures of the food, so even if you don’t know the Chinese characters, you can easily find out what dish it is. So you click the food you want, and then you pay. My fiancés bank account is linked to his Wechat account, so the money is taken directly from that. Wechat is Chinas equivalent of WhatApp.

Then it’s done! With some restaurants, we can actually see the delivery driver on our map driving in real time. He picks the food up, and then we can see him (the blue dot)  driving to our community, parking the bike, and then we know he will be here pretty soon! It’s so easy and cheap! And we have become so lazy!

Usually we get discounts for ordering online. Plus, the food at most takes 45 minutes to arrive. Sometimes even half an hour!

I know in Ireland at least they have started delivering food, but in China it’s been here around for quite a while! China may be backwards with some things, but with technology it really is advancing!

再见

爱玲