We thought Munich was hot, so we traveled 250 miles East (by train this time as we were sick of our pathetic car rental with the torque capabilities of a Flintstone foot-powered dinosaur disgracing the Autobahn) to Vienna, where it was even hotter. Taking advantage of the heat, the locals set up makeshift sandbars around the Danube Canal where Ben and Jerry's ice cream stands dotted the colorfully graffitied walls every few steps. This combination made for a lazy, beachy vibe that screamed summer bliss and was a very warmly (pun intended) welcomed stall in our hectic traveling. We spent the next day doing what we do best, walking the city unintentionally running across all of the touristy sights we are supposed to see. Vienna is a favorite for me because it envelops one of the things I am drawn to better than any other city we've seen thus far: contrast. Much like Minneapolis, this city is booming with life and energy surrounded by amazing architecture and history, and five minutes away lies a quiet haven of parks or rivers waiting to be explored. Juxtapositions like this resonate with me because it provides with different settings for the inevitable different days and moods that life conjures; rainy days call for amazing espresso in a cute cafe, while sunny summer days call for picnics in parks, both of which this city provides. We survived being abroad without our parents for 15 days, so now it's time to meet our mom in London and keep the adventures alive!