Breakfast in Bed

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Folks it's 2016, and I think it would be fair to assume that with the current state of the internet, and the sheer ability of today's online platform's to permeate the media, most of us are familiar with Airbnb. If not, it's a site founded in 2008 to provide travellers with a temporary home wherever they may go in the world. Get familiar. 

Recently, my cousin Grace and I woke up in Bratislava and realised that in a short 24 hours we'd be arriving in Vienna and were yet to find a place to stay. One quick search on Airbnb, an incredibly affordable credit card confirmation email and a 2 hour train ride later and we found ourselves at Max’s iconic Viennese apartment in the relatively central neighbourhood of Margareten. 

Wooden floors, piles of design history books, antiques, art covering the walls and racks of vintage clothing spanning the full length of several rooms, we both agreed we had lucked out within minutes of walking into our weekend abode. 

Max (despite being out of town) and his housemates were super welcoming and always up for a chat. We spoke about their careers in art, gender studies and physics - what a trio - and they hooked us up with things to do nearby, including a well-directed recommendation to check out niche high-end vintage store meets cafe, Burgasse 24 (dear lord, look it up). 

We spent just as much time in our Airbnb as we did wandering through the Museums Quarter, through the quaint boutique-lined streets around Neubaugasse and out at some of the local eateries. With no difficulty at all, we struck a balance of activity on both sides of the equation - 1 lazy day : 1 day of exploration - and this left us feeling more at home after 3 days in the city than in some places I’ve spent months in this year. Perhaps it was just the wildly care-free atmosphere in Austria’s capital or the funny but fitting blend of cultures from suburb to suburb.. though I’d say it’s living right in the thick of someone else’s own cosy space, munching on croissants in bed with nowhere to be, that really takes me to a place I know as ‘home'. 

Words and photographs by Elli Webb

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