Starting about a week before my trip, I started a time adjustment schedule, moving sleeping and waking time by an hour earlier each day. During that week, I attended a meeting in Philadelphia, which neatly integrated into my schedule.
On Tuesday last week, I took off from ONT, transited through Denver and Washington, DC, and then landed in Vienna on Wednesday morning. The first hour was spent meeting up with friends from Thailand and making new friends. Then, we went to the Schloss Schonbrunn, Hofburg Wien, and then to old town around Stephansdom.
The next couple days took us through Budapest, Brno, and Prague. From there, we explored the more resort areas of Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), Cesky Krumlov, and Hallstatt before going to Salzburg. The trip from Salzburg back to Vienna took us through the Danube Valley towns of Linz and Melk. From Vienna, we did day trips to Bratislava and Seegrotte, which features an underground lake.
The group from Thailand left on Wednesday afternoon while I took the City Airport Train back to town. I then had the chance to visit Museumsquartier, revisit old town, and sample The Original Sacher Torte at Hotel Sacher.
The travel back home took about 26 hours. At ONT airport, a fallen soldier received a military escort off the plane.
I had a great experience seeing Europe for the first time, and it’s nice to be home and have the weekend off to adjust to Pacific Daylight Time.