The Holy Grail

bachelorette-night-to-rememberLife’s biggest achievement for a woman lies in marriage. Once you are secure in a relationship and snagged a proposal there is only one way to go. Either in front of the altar or the registrar’s office. There is no alternative, make it or break it. At least that’s what I heard!

I also heard that if you are going through life alone, you must be utterly miserable and when one begs to disagree you must be lying. So let’s celebrate this Holy Grail of womanhood, feeling enwrapped in love and as a bonus maybe financially secure. There is no higher status for a woman in life then being a wife!

My friend Ali will reach this status tonight by tying the knot and to this end we celebrated her bachelorette party on Friday. Every reason to party is a good one (ok let’s be honest usually we need no reason to party), but a bachelorette party for someone middle-aged (and I am allowed to say that because I am the same age) is so much better. When society has already given up on you finding a life partner at your age (or actually any partner. Isn’t there a higher chance to get struck by lightning than finding a man after 40?), all the more reason to celebrate that you showed society the proverbial finger. You did it after all!

Twenty black clad girls (ok maybe women when the mean age is 45) met at Le Cru, a champagne bar downtown in Vienna. The theme of the night was “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and we all looked stunning! The bride herself dressed in black and white and got black a sash to let her stand out. And if some thought that we celebrated a divorce party, then it was probably just envy talking (but what a great idea for another party). IMG_9205IMG_9191IMG_9192IMG_9193IMG_9194IMG_9197IMG_9198IMG_9201IMG_9207IMG_9211IMG_9217IMG_9218IMG_9219IMG_9222IMG_9228IMG_9231IMG_9234IMG_9238IMG_9242IMG_9244
The owner must have been happy to see us leave, clearly we overstayed our visit long after closing time and all other customers took flight. Not that I blame them, twenty women with enough champagne are a force to be reckoned with.

From there we moved to Albertina Passage, Vienna’s only dinner club that has some international flair. A live band, international guests and an overall great atmosphere were the perfect setting for this emotional goodbye to bachelorhood.IMG_9261IMG_9262

Clearly our times for an R-rated surprise are over, nonetheless the maid of honor made sure that we still gushed “ah” and “oh”. Lots of alcohol was a good tactic to keep us happy, so when the cake came the effect on all of us was spellbinding.IMG_9257IMG_9266IMG_9270IMG_9273IMG_9278IMG_9280IMG_9284IMG_9287IMG_9290

The little sculpture on the right by the way showed a groom being chased up a tree. I am sure any similarities with real life were pure chance. (If you are wondering what the cake says: I succeeded as well!)

The party then took an unforeseen turn. The bride was not tired at all but astonished us all with an unheard of stamina. Not only did she dance the night away but took to the stage like a fish in the water and showed the younger girls on the dance floor how it’s done.IMG_9306IMG_9298IMG_9378IMG_9381IMG_9386IMG_9392IMG_9393IMG_9396IMG_9414
Clearly she was not the only one who showed us some astonishing moves. Definitely a night full of surprises (Videos are only on demand!).

So let’s all congratulate Ali on her upcoming nuptials. To quote Armstrong here: It’s one small step for a woman, but a giant leap for womanhood (over 40). We will think of her tonight! Yours, Pollybert

Update: The deed is done!IMG_9450

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What I learned in Budapest

What did I learn in Budapest? This time it is really difficult to think about something. Might be that the rain just drained my brain?
Still, there are a couple of things that I believe I learned in Budapest.

1.) Bring an umbrella when traveling in winter, if possible in color. It will brighten any day (see the black one from the hotel looks a bit depressing).IMG_8821
2.) When taking a bottle of champagne on your trip, also bring a cooler.
3.) And glasses (the plastic cups just lack in style)!
4.) Always ask for the way first before walking 20 minutes in the wrong direction.
5.) Next to the checkout in a supermarket you find usually chocolate, magazines and other junk. Not so in Budapest. There you can find condoms and matches. Quite the interesting combination.IMG_8900
6.) Bring a second pair of shoes on any trip.
7.) Make sure that your guide-book is up-to-date.
8.) Travel with people you love. Everyone can be happy when the sun is shining, but when it’s constantly raining you need to surround yourself with friendly faces.
9.) And it’s an advantage if they like to go for a drink or two.
Yours, Pollybert

Enough partying for now

My birthday weekend was one long party and when you reach a certain age this can be exhausting. Haha, only joking. Of course I still have the stamina to go all the way and party with the best!

It started already mid-week with the birthday dinner of my friend Evi. She invited us to Mochi, one of the best Asian fusion places in town! We ate our way through everything on the menu and by the time desert came I was all around happy. Happy Birthday once again and great that you are joining the big 4-0! 001

006My own celebrations started on Friday in the office with champagne and cake. Since I made the cake for yours truly, of course I have to you show my creation again. I happened to make a smaller one as well which we devoured on Monday in the office. Cakes never keep for a long time around here.

And while the planned evening with the girls and karaoke fell through, the alternative program happened to be a blast. My friend and I started at the Deli where we got talking to the people at the table next to us. And before I knew what was happening they had ordered me a little birthday cake (a brownie with vanilla ice-cream and not a burger with mashed potatoes; really, people with bad eye sight should just get glasses!)

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The brownie broke the ice and we moved our tables together, shared a bottle of wine and later on went dancing (aka standing next to the bar) at the Chaya Fuera. When I was leaving the club I had some trouble finding the exit! I mean what’s the point of hanging floor length curtains in front of walls? It irritates the h*ll out of people who might have tunnel vision at some point during the night, it’s also a bit embarrassing when you see someone looking behind every curtain. So glad it wasn’t me though…

Saturday more partying was happening; it was the weekend and I have a reputation to uphold. But first a visit to my brother’s place where a very bad-tempered midget was working on my head-ache.009

011So glad that I could spend the afternoon taking a two hour power-nap to be ready for the evening. I was invited to a spring party which was held at the Deli Bluem about which I wrote here. All pictures now are from the hostess Ros who also organized this amazing evening. My friend from Deli Bluem was responsible for the great food though! Here are the two organizers! The evening was lovely and I even got my own raw vegan birthday cake. How is that for a birthday? Three cakes for me and I only had to make own myself. I really have great friends and I love them all!

 

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Before going home I got a bouquet of peonies, half open and smelling lovely. The next day they were already open a bit more and today I took another picture and they are in full bloom! Aren’t they beautiful?

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Last but not least on Monday evening I celebrated with my family since my brother, sister and great-cousin have their birthdays all around mine. We went for dinner at the Motto (great place, great food) where I got a rose from my brother’s garden. This rose looked so amazing this morning that I had to take a picture of it in front of another birthday gift which had finally arrived last fall. I wrote about my woes with Infurn already, therefore it is only fair to say that I got my chair in the end and it is beautiful! A really great gift from all of my friends! Yours, Pollybert
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PS: Still, don’t order with Infurn! I just got lucky!