After a few weeks in the heat it was refreshing for some cool again. I like having seasons of change. Vienna was a stark contrast to Sri Lanka though in other ways too. I joined a few other coworkers almost every day I was there and it was wonderful having an office again. Sadly I didn’t meet my Airbnb host but I think we would have gotten along well.

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While there I goofed up big time: didn’t think to check into the drain line for the washing machine before I used it. For those readers in the US you need to understand that washing machines in many parts of the world aren’t permanently-connected to water lines. This is especially true in older places without the plumbing. In my apartment in Vienna the drain hose was supposed to empty into the bathtub; I forgot to put it in there. At 12:30am I went in to empty my laundry and discovered a flood – oh dear. That took a while to try and soak up but it took the rest of the day with the open window to dry up.

I’ve never seen such wallpaper but in a strange way I like it.

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One day while waiting on my coworkers I found a cafe they had real coffee plants. It was my first time seeing them despite having had so much coffee in my life. The red fruits are the “cherries.”

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My “purpose” for coming to Vienna was to speak about the new Gutenberg editor for WordPress. Here is what an auditorium looks like before a talk and before everyone comes in – I was nervous.

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