Thursday, October 5, 2017

15 Years Vienna

In the morning hours of the 5th of October 2002 I landed in Vienna, from Bucharest. It was my third trip to Vienna but I knew that this time was different. By the age of 21 I’ve been seeing half of Europe, I absolutely liked France, England, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, especially the rural regions … Vienna seemed beautiful but I never, even in my wildest dreams, would have considered living here. It never crossed my mind, that I would settle for such a long time in this city. The faith pulled me here through invisible, magical strings. My three months visa quickly turned into a 10 year stay allowance & identity card from the Austrian authorities (Romania entered the European Union in 2007) and my life changed dramatically.

Until that point, my life in Bucharest was carefree, vivid, légère, dynamic… I was entering my second year at the University, loved working in the dancing team at a Sunday show aired by the Romanian National Television, I had my own business (a small, lovely clothing boutique) and numerous friends. My family, small but stable, was / is my core.

Vienna is special. Vienna defined my profession and allowed me to grow, develop, challenge and fulfill my ambitions. Vienna offered me my love. Vienna is constantly opening new horizons, aspirations, appetite for everything I consider beautiful and inspiring. Vienna is also the place where I suffered at extreme heights being humiliated, disappointed and deeply hurt. Vienna is half of my heart.💛

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