Wiener Wohnung

Way back in February, when CameraMan had just been offered the Vienna job and we were still keeping up the fiction that there might be another option besides taking it, he had drinks with a tenor friend of ours. When CM (in strictest confidence, of course) told our friend about the opportunity, his first reaction was to tell CM he had to take it (as everybody did), and his second reaction was, Oh, you know my wife (one of our favorite sopranos) keeps an apartment in Vienna, and sometimes she sublets it.

Fast forward to now, and we're settling in nicely to her beautiful apartment, which is fully furnished and cat-friendly. The location is perfection: a couple blocks off the best shopping street in town, and an easy 15-20 minute walk from the opera house, our German class, and the IKEA bus (yes, that's a real thing). Best of all, we didn't ever have to stress about finding an apartment, or find a realtor who spoke English, or any of those other annoying things most expats have to deal with. Like so many things about this opportunity and this move, it seems completely serendipitous that we were able to stumble into the perfect living situation.

We thought it might be fun to make a little video showing you our apartment. We're still learning how to do this—cut us some slack. And whatever you do, be kind and don't count how many times I use the word "awesome" in 5 minutes. Embarrassing.


  1. Looks like a great place! What luck!

  2. How elegant! And bossy cat has learned her lines so well...

  3. Dried my tears and had a look at your new apartment. It looks absolutely great, but please excuse me for being a pain in your neck. I see the windows wide open and Ms. Bossy Cat (she is such a sweet beauty!!) strolling around quite close to them. Aren´t you afraid that she might jump out of the window and hurt herself badly? This is what happened to one of my cats some years ago. She had to undergo an emergency operation and had so suffer a lot for a long time. After that nightmare and ever since, I made my windows and balcony cat-safe by means of (very thin and almost invisible) nets.

  4. Thank you for the wonderful tour of your wiener wohnung! Now we can picture you two (and the Bossy Cat) in the various rooms with the lovely light streaming in the windows. Good job, you two! Wonderful photography and excellent accompanying description by tour guide.
    I might even say "Awesome"!
    Such good fortune from the start.

  5. to quote CM... "What the WHAT?!"
    HOW AWESOME IS THAT? Plus there is a bust of a fat-cheeked dude guarding your front gate.
    I am busting with happiness for yall and your new digs and your big adventure (... oh, and the engagement, duh). Hope you are enjoying every minute! xoxox

  6. Brigitta: I'm SO sorry to hear about what happened to your cat—that must have been terrible!! We also get nervous about Bossy Cat, so we only have the windows open when we're in the room, and we always call her back if she's on the windowsill for too long. Luckily, she doesn't seem to have any interest in jumping out either.


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