This past Saturday the three of us took a little field trip, revisiting one of our favorite destinations from the summer, Mole West on Lake Neusiedl. Now, I really wanted to go out there because I had heard that this shallow lake freezes solid in the winter time and that it’s chock-full of ice skaters. Personally, I’m not so sure ice-skating on open water sources is a great idea – seems like a recipe for a really cold bath if you ask me. But, I’m not opposed to watching others do it, and if you throw in a toasty burger and apricot pancakes that I can eat while watching, it sounds like a good afternoon.
Speaking of the burger, for the record, the burger at Mole West is still pretty damn good, despite its ludicrous price tag of 18.30 euros. However, I am pleased to report that they have upped the quantity of previously four “wedges potato” to now serving seven wedges potato, making this a much bigger bang for your buck. The best burger in Vienna, for those on the red meat prowl, is at Motto Am Fluss, yummy from the grill and much more reasonably priced at 10 euros, and you still get the water view.
But I digress…I’m sad to report there were no figure skaters this weekend, which was a good thing as there were some rather obvious open water patches in the ice. That didn’t stop the winterized windsurfers though, and several were out in full spandex regalia. As the temperature was barely above 20 degrees celcius, with a North Dakota-worthy wind chill, I thought they might benefit from wearing a bit more. But what do I know? I was sitting inside eating burgers. And apricot pancakes.
Here are a few pics of our steppe-tundra sunset – definitely worth a winter visit. Especially if you’re homesick for North Dakota.
Photography by The New Diplomat’s Wife.