Today, November 23rd, the Austrian minister of health publicly stated that the number of infections has decreased slightly. If all goes well, starting December 7th, there will be some easing of lockdown conditions. Yesterday in Vienna there was a beautiful red dusk. I hope that our future will be like that beautiful dusk filled with hope.
Since Tuesday, November 17th 2020, Austria has been in the second lockdown. But this time it is a little less strict than the first one. Some people are out on the streets going for a walk, playing sports, and some restaurants are open for getting takeout food. Unfortunately the infection numbers are still increasing. I hope that the effect of the lockdown will show in the numbers soon. All of us living in Austria are looking forward to Christmas markets. Previously it was said that despite the pandemic there would be Christmas markets but because of the situation some markets have already been cancelled. Today the preparations for the famous market in front of City Hall Vienna were stopped. Now it is being said it is unknown whether this market can indeed open at all this year. To be honest, I never thought we would experience such a time…
Today the weather turned really nice. After some time I went for a longer walk to Burggarten and a short stroll on Kärntnerstrasse. Due to the coronavirus restaurants are closed except for takeout service. Also because recently there was a very sad incident, not many people were out on the streets. I made some discoveries and my heart could be consoled a little bit.
Pummerin ringing / Mourning the victims / Stephansdom, the heart of Vienna / Viennese call its bell Pummerin with a feeling of familiarity / Now it is mourning / We sink in grief / Its sound also echoes in our hearts / November 3rd, 2020