World Heritage Trail, Wachau, Day 14

Through a ravine, a path formed by rainwater and hundreds of years of use by

wagons and people, I walked by vineyards and apricot orchards to the city of

Mautern.  In the vineyards, the dandelions started to turn into seeds. The wind was

blowing the cherry blossoms to the ground and it started to rain.









In Mautern, I visited my sister Christi at the Nikolaihof.  She lives in a former monastery.

The foundations of her house go back to Roman times.  Her place has a special energy.

Christi invited me for lunch.  After that, I crossed the iron bridge, where my mother once went

for safety with her bike  68 years ago. I was thinking about my ancestors who lived and died

in this area for hundreds of years. They were walking with me each single step,

it was a coming home to my roots again.



Peony with bee
Peony with bee


My sister Christi working at her pond
My sister Christi working at her pond


Nikolaihof, view from the garden


Born and raised in a village along the Danube in Austria, Traude Wild soon ventured out into the world. After a two-year program for tourism in Klesheim/Salzburg, she spent nearly a year in South Africa and Namibia. By returning back to Austria, she acquired a Master of Economics at the University of Vienna. After moving to the United States with her four children, she studied Art History at Arizona State University and stayed in the United States for fourteen years. Here, she was teaching Art History in several Universities like Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Now, she lives partially in Arizona and Vienna and works together with her husband for the University of South-Carolina, Moore School of business as Adjunct Professor organising and leading Study tours in Central Europe. She also teaches at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Since 1999, she is practicing Zen meditation in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She loves to hike and to write and is a student of Natalie Goldberg. During her often many weeks long hikes she brings her awareness into the Here and Now, describing her experiences in an authentic way. She loves to walk pilgrimages. The longest hike so far was the 1,400 km long 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan in 2016.

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