When we envisioned this trip we wanted to feel the essence of each city, not as tourists or locals, but as wandering souls looking for something they lost. We wanted to take as few pictures as possible, visit as few tourist hotspots as possible, and buy no memories. We wanted nothing to distract from the moment which we promised to treasure. When we finally met up in Vienna, it was an epiphany; we realized that nothing from now on is known to us, it was all new. What to do in each city or how to discover the ‘essence’ of a city you’ve never been in; it was all new and maybe we would recognize something new in ourselves too.
Vienna is a global business centre with a low-key festival feel to it. It is a city that is honest, soulful, and most of all blissful. Sitting on the pavement waiting for the bus and watching the sun set from the hill, you can feel it. It is a city at peace with itself and with all the ironies of life. That soulful metaphysical presence permeates through the air and everyone inhales it. That is not to say that Vienna is a place with an endless summer and perpetual prosperity. Vienna can be cold and fierce in the winter; lonely and unforgiving like all major cities. But unlike anything I have ever seen, the city that remembers everything finds peace in being forgotten.