Jyama wakes up at around 7:30am, checks time realizes its too early to be up on a free thanksgiving day, sleeps again for almost another 3 hours and finally gets up at 10am. goes for a quick shower and as always immediately checks his phone for any notifications from all the social media *rap and different email subscriptions. the only different thing was that not that many messages received about ‘happy thanksgiving’. you guessed right, this is Austria nobody gives a damn about that holiday. Though honestly it being one of the best holidays in the US that i definitely admire, unlike the Halloween thing that even some weird folks in kigali are beginning to ‘celebrate’, quite appalling.. right?!
Thanksgiving in Vienna? really? how is it like… one of my friends asking me via text. i realize nothing much to tell them, my obvious response its a normal day like any other. i mean except for the fact that we are a big group all coming from the States, and that being said, everyone definitely missing the thanksgiving meal; turkey and all that other stuff that comes with it.. gravy, smashed potatoes and good salad. Now, you must understand that mentioning such food names while in vienna, can definitely cause you trouble – like seriously. and not from the austrian people, but actually the americans, who very much miss it and most importantly miss having it with their family. Of course you can find such food here in Vienna, Vienna is one big city, its a global city so any thing like that should be found in some restaurants.
Plans for the day already underway, our schedule to leave our Das Millican hotel by 11:30AM, go by the U-Bahn onto U4 stopping at Schwedenplatz. a 5 minute walk and baaam, there we were, at this not-so-famous restaurant yet so rich in history. A little bit of history of this restaurant, built in 1350 (amazing, right?), many famous Austrian legends have had meals there and to prove that, a small dinning room thats still used upto now has signatures of all those famous guys on the walls including their pictures. Now you must be asking, which famous people in Austria? ofcourse you probably haven’t checked them out; the likes of Bethooven, Mozart and also Mark Twain. Did you just say Mark Twain? Yes i did, great american novelist. if you ever did english literature in high school, you must have read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, or Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. these two books were one of the best and funny books we read. great place loved it.
‘Zum Gelben Adler’ meaning The Yellow Eagle, name of this 1350 old inn, great great place. With that rich-ness in history i personally didn’t care much about the meals. the history itself had already made me quite exuberant. Nevertheless the food itself was just as legit as the place. YOu must understand that this was a group of what, 21 people, all getting into this not-so-big inn all excited to have memorable thanksgiving meal in Vienna. Having Schnitzel, others chicken and bread, great meals for a meal. i must say i enjoyed my meal mostly because of it being served in a such a great historical inn.
Done with this historical meal i must say; it was in fact Legendary in every way. the ambience, the thanksgiving stories, the laughters, the waiters..everything just Legit-ndary!
After such a great thanksgiving meal, you always know what to expect next… good nap and the rest of the day all history. Except one thing, and thats the fact that at 22hrs, thats when an idea comes up to write this blog detailing my first thanksgiving experience in Europe and Vienna Austria more specifically.
Must conclude it was a great one, very Thankful for every single memory of it in my little mazzard!