Having your parents come to visit your new home for the first time can make anyone nervous. Having them come visit your new home that they have to trek halfway around the world to get to, in a country they’ve never visited let alone a continent, is what one might call down right terrifying.
Will they like it? Will they approve? Will they understand why I left everything I started back in Dallas to start over here in Steyr? Will they finally see the things that uprooted my life and took me farther away from them? All I kept thinking to myself was I sure hope so… And man I hope Dad likes the Bier!
They booked a round trip ticket arriving in Vienna and staying with Colt and I for a little over two weeks, including being here to help celebrate my birthday (cue the awww’s). In their two weeks here we covered more than I could have imagined and took on Austria like we were all the Energizer Bunny (turns out we’re not Connor, and this lady in particular crashed a few times). I planned to show them so many beautiful things that they couldn’t help but love it here, right? Or at least that was my game plan.
We spent a few days in Steyr and Linz, exploring the two cities closest to Colt and I. In my father’s words, “He even got to go back to college” as we hauled them with us to class, to see our campus.
Took them to the Mauthausen Memorial for the most somber of history lessons.
Spent a day in the beautiful city of Hallstatt.
We took Mom to every garden we could find, including Mirabellgarten (Sound of Music) in Salzburg and the Gardens at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. The ladies love of flowers knows no bounds.
We drug Dad to watch more fußball than I think he would have ever imagined watching in his life (I’m convinced he enjoyed it though).
We explored beautiful cathedral after cathedral.
Visited Stift St. Florian (Patron Saint of Firefighters), and the Firefighters Museum of Upper Austria.
Threw in Fortress Hohensalzburg and Liters of bier at the St. Augustiner Braurei in Salzburg for good measure.
Last but not least, let us not forget, Chuck and Chuck at KL Ranch for the win.
Having them here was probably the greatest birthday present I could have ever received. Their unconditional support and love for me throughout this entire process has been the strength that has kept me going. They are my reason for everything, my foundation, and I couldn’t be more grateful to have been blessed with two of the most amazing parents any kid would be lucky enough to wish for.
There is also quite the happy ending to this little story… they loved it! They were open to all the new experiences, and I think it is safe to assume, that they now understand why their daughter has chosen this crazy little life of adventure.
I love you both so very much!