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

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What I learned in Dublin

As done now on several occasions (click here or here) here are a list of things I learned in Dublin. The list is not exhaustive.

1.) Guinness in Dublin tastes awesome.
2.) There is live music everywhere, really.
3.) Girls in Dublin don’t wear a lot when going out. I was freezing just by looking at them but had to admire their spirit! They were willing to brave the elements to look great!
4.) Guys looked great in Dublin!
5.) But most were drunk by 10pm. Such a shame and what’s the rush?
6.) There is no age limit for a good party!
7.) They have shops which sell e-cigarettes. Why is there security outside? The answer eludes me.

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8.) The saying “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing” is true but only up to a certain point.
9.) Next time I want to buy a souvenir, I will do so right away. No point in going back to the store twice!
10.) One can fall in love with a city. I know I did!

Yours, Pollybert

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The merry season in Vienna Part III

As I might have mentioned in an earlier post the month before Christmas is a socially busy time. Just a couple of days after the book club meeting, I met some other friends (including the indispensable Cat) for an early ‘Merry Christmas’ wishing. We met at Figls (a place I cannot recommend for dining) which is right in the middle of where we all live but also because our usual go-to place in the area was totally booked.

As you can see from the draped coats and shawls we had a drafty table. The food was as usual so-so and I think that one can eat there only the fried stuff. Still we had an enjoyable evening and were happy to get together in this constellation shortly before Christmas. It’s not so easy for the mothers in our group to find some time (Ok, just a joke. Usually I am the one who is super busy).

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We called it an early night, apparently not just I was exhausted from all the partying. Still we found the time to take some pictures in full winter outfit.

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Even though we were both wearing a beanie, there is no winter happening in Vienna right now. So far no snow and mostly foggy. So when I left Vienna a couple of days later for my company’s Christmas party in Upper Austria I thought we had arrived in winter wonderland.

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I have no pictures from the Christmas party, I was too busy to talk to all my colleagues and to stay out of harm’s way (aka the alcohol. Never mix business with pleasure. Ok, that sounds weird as if alcohol gives me pleasure. Better strike that).

The next morning we left for Vienna again and in the afternoon I had another traditional meeting with friends. Always before Christmas we meet at Meinl am Graben (sorry, only available in German) for Champagne and gossip. I love traditions!! This year we welcomed our young member Felix for the first time, the other youngster couldn’t make it due to some serious case of grumpiness.

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After a quick stop at the Kameel (see Part II) we ended the evening on the rooftop of the Hotel Lamee. Besides a very drinkable mulled wine the rooftop offers an unbeatable view over Vienna.

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Thank God for another relatively early night because Saturday we had a birthday dinner and I was lucky enough to get the seat right next to the girl! I don’t know where the haze is coming from, it almost looks like in David Hamilton movie. While all the other girls moved on to another party, we both had enough for the night and stayed on for some more drinks. Check out these delicious looking Ginger Cosmopolitan and Thai Daiquiri!

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I used Sunday to relax a bit, visiting family, taking a HIIT class and then just hitting a pub with friends. Monday on the other hand was again very busy. I took some me-time and started the day with a quiet breakfast at Motto am Fluss. I love to spend time on my own with a book and a cup of coffee.

Then some last minute shopping had to be done and later in the afternoon I had an invitation to some more mulled wine. This invitation was just the overture for the rest of the evening. We left around and headed to another party with a short stop at the Christkindlmarkt

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From the market we made our way to the annual Christmas party of a pub/restaurant that I frequent only for Christmas. In earlier years it was always jam-packed but this year it seemed kind of empty. Still we enjoyed the last evening before Christmas together and had a merry time.

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And with this last picture I leave you for today. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are now enjoying some quiet time! Yours, Pollybert

The merry season in Vienna Part II

On the second Saturday in December I attended a charity event. Ha, doesn’t that sound philanthropic? Christmas 4 Friends is a party were half of the ticket proceeds are going to a charity. Nothing makes you feel better than partying for a good reason!

Since partying was the theme Cat and I started our evening already in the afternoon at Sylvia’s place to pay a visit to her new house guest.
Momo is a black cat and wild like the devil. His favorite past-time that afternoon appeared to be jumping on the window sill, sliding into the thereupon nativity set and pouncing on the wooden animals. Very funny to watch. While doing so we enjoyed some sparkling rosé.

Then around 7pm I had to be at home to greet my guests. Since my apartment was right next door to the venue of the Christmas party I invited my friends to come over for a drink before. I have a feeling the most of them enjoyed it because I had to kick them out at 9pm to finally make it to the party. The party is a bit shrouded in a blurry haze but I know I had a lot of fun when I watch these pictures (all party pictures thanks to Moritz Reitmeier)

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As you can see there was a lot of hugging involved but Christmas is the season of love.

Just a couple of days later the book club met for mulled wine. So far we kept the book club strictly in its boundaries, but after our visit to the theater together there was no stopping us. After one mulled wine we were cold and decided to rather go somewhere warm for cold wine instead. The Kameel is always a sound choice for good wine and some snacks. And as you can see here we had another fun night and mixed the book club with old and new friends.

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More fun to come! Yours, Pollybert