New Year’s Eve 2013!

Lazy day – settling into our rented apartment in Vienna :)

Finally went outside and attempted to find a place for dinner on New Year’s Eve… managed to find some wine!

And WiFi, which—funny story—we don’t get in the apartment we rented specifically for WiFi…!

Wandered back toward the apartment and stumbled across this lovely little place!



Dark wood furniture is kind of my dream…

Back at home watching the local fireworks out our window and popping open some champagne at midnight :)


Participating in some sort of European new year tradition, where you melt down some lead, dump it in cold water, and read its shape as an indicator for your upcoming year!





Happy new year everyone!


New Years Eve… Berlin!

NYE in Berlin is kind of a big deal.
It’s supposed to be THE spot in Europe to be.
One million people at the Brandenburg Gate, fireworks in the street for 3 days straight, special foods, music, drunkenness, blahblahblah.

Hen & I went into town for a nice dinner, and then a NYE pub crawl with a huge mob of English-speakers visiting Beer-lin as well.


Trying a currywurst at the winter market by the zoo.DSCN9960


A wonderful Thai dinner at Good Times, suggestion courtesy our Stanford professor.  Aren’t the folded lotus napkins beautiful??DSCN9966


Stacey & Henning, 2010.
After some wine, glühwein, a few beers, and some fruity shots…DSCN9978

Bar #1…DSCN9973

Feeling more festive at Bar #2…DSCN9980

Lighting sparklers en route to Bar #3…
(I… don’t really remember this part…)DSCN9987

Bar #3… waiting for midnight!DSCN9993


Setting off our own fireworks in the park…DSCN0011


And somewhere after that…
stumbling onto the S-bahn and making it home.  :)


Browsing “Bear”..lin

Highlights around Berlin.

First, this one’s for Greg.  ALMOST as cool as yours.  ;)DSCN9892


It was a freezing cold day, so we ran around as quickly as we could. 

A tiny piece of the Berlin Wall…DSCN9885


Sony Center… HUGE.DSCN9886



Dinner and beers at one of Berlin’s oldest restaurants…DSCN9904


Looks like a mall, but it’s actually a TRAIN STATION!
Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)DSCN9923


For my mom…
Tree completely decorated with Swarovski crystals!DSCN9919


Some of Berlin’s newer architecture…DSCN9926


The Reichstag…!DSCN9930


Brandenburger Tör (Brandenburg Gate).  There used to be a bunch of gates like this into Berlin, and this is the only one left.  It was also part of the Berlin wall, separating East and West.DSCN9942

Imagine big fireworks in the background, plus one million drunk people…. and that would be the image on New Years Eve (Silvester)!


Even the Berlin Bear (mascot/coat of arms) has got a little Freedom Spirit in him.
Just can’t escape!DSCN9948


My favorite memorial or landmark that we saw in the city was actually the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe aka the Holocaust Memorial.  I didn’t take any pictures; didn’t seem like the place or time.  But it was very touching, and if I had the opportunity, I would have gone back another time.