Andre - my dear husband that came with me to Vienna. We are rollerblading together, painting together, travel, cook, and do together many other things. But there are few things that he prefers to do alone (to work, for example). He took with him little netbook (new one!) and works from Vienna too.
Belochka - is my mom. Her real name is Svetlana, which means "light". She is really light person, ppl adore her, she makes friends everywhere easily. Nickname "Belochka" came not from Italian Bella, as u could think, but from family-jokes. Actually "Belochka" means squirrel in Russian. I'll not say how it comes right here, let it to another time.
is my mom's husband. He is American-born, who lives in Europe for a while. Roger knows mathematics, connected to computer and goes to fitness daily. He has 3 sons from 1st marriage.
MONICA & GERHARD are my mom's Austrian friends.
Monica is a real sweetie, positive and smiling lady who dancing, makes friends, knows languages and travels a lot. She is extremelly sociable and often remembers me my own mom. Her husband Gerhard is more discreet, which not means he is dry. He is very nice person!
- on photo Gerhard und seine Mutti (with his mother)
They have 2 daughters: Angelica and Christine. Angelica is my friend and Chrisine I supposed to meet this summer. Monica and her family is an Austrian Family of my mom, and mine as well.
ANGELICA & GABRIEL
Angelica - Monica's daughter. Angelica is 33 this summer. She is little and slim like a bird. Very independent, energetic, educated, well-travelled. In her big trip around the world she met a mexican guy - Fernando, they got married and they have extremelly sweet little Gabriel.
"Papiel" aka Gabriel is a little son of Angelica and Fernando. He is 2 years old, has very black eyes and good appetite. He is so sweet that people on the street trurning back to see him.
NINA & FRANZ
Technically Nina is far-far-far and undirect relative to us. It's so far and unimportant that i dont dare to explain how it comes. Nina is at her 40th and easily can be my mom's daughter but they are friends. For not being explaining again and agian about these complicated connection, they just decided that Nina is my mom's niece. No one doubts that - they both are blondies and both has Russian origin. Actually, Nina is looking like real Austrian Frau. Actually, my mom is looking like real frau too (except of weird detail that Belochka doesnt speak proper German).
Franz is Nina's husband. They live in old big house, which belongs to Franz's family for more then 200 years. Once they lived with 12 cats (all of them were addapted from animal-care), but then cats got old and passed one after another. So now they only have 2 new cats who (cats) manage the home. Franz also wrote a book - kind of fairy-tale from cat's life. I love them both very much. They are also my mom's ( and mine!) Austrian Family.
Konstantin is a 1/2 German and 1/2 Austrian guy who learned in Uni in Vienna and staid here for years (forever? Who knows). Once he & Roger were working together in Austrian hi-tech company. They met in train. One summer Andre, Stasi (the son) and me were living in his place - right inside the University. I loved it there! The place was sofisticated, old historical building with rooms of unusual propose. Parents gave to Konstantin this name because combined with his Family Name Opple, it sounds Konstantinople. He has scars of a sword (fencing) on his face and it makes him look like a stripped cat (just a little bit!). Also I like the story how K was stopped by policeman for over-speed in the city: he did 70km/hr, when allowed speed is max 50km/hr. The point is that Konstantin was riding the bicycle!
KATJA & GLEB
Actually, there are three of them: Katja (tall, slim and enerjetic brunette), Gleb (Round-faced, communcative and impressivly informed dude), Sasha (angel-look 4 years old girl with character of Margaret Thatcher) and Danny (the dog). No photos of Danny - what a shame! Katja & Gleb live on 10th floor of the same buildig, where my mom does. They have a huge round window and a weird pillar in their living-room. From the sunrise to sunset sun is slowly mooving inside their room.
This summer Katja & Gleb got married. It was a formal step - they are couple about 10(?) years or so, own apartment, grow up daughter and dog together. But still this wedding rocked Vienna: guests came from all over the world, even from Australia; monumental wedding cake was eaten by half of the city during 2 weeks after the event; Sasha had two ball-dresses and few pairs of shoes to wear at the party and she was very excited about "our wedding", etc., etc.
Other people who means Vienna for me, even they are not present here currently, they are:
Hundertwasser is no 1! Then Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and Gustav Mahler with his Alma and his music, Sigmund Freud, Habsburg Family[/i], also shadows of great musicians: Strauss, Haydn, Shubert and marketial (chocolad, uniform, concerts, souvenirs) Mozart; Franz Sacher- creator of famous sachertorte (chocolate cake). I can't miss Basilisk of Vienna from Schönlaterngasse (Lovely Lantern Lane) No. 7