Where id is, there shall ego be.

Trip Start Feb 17, 2012
Trip End Apr 28, 2012

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Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Austria  , Vienna,
Sunday, April 1, 2012

That’s a lovely accent you have there. New Jersey?

Austria eh. G’day mate, hehe lets throw another shrimp on the barbie!

Let’s not.

Quality scene from the classic 1994 film, Dumb & Dumber.

No wonder things looked slightly hysterical in Budapest. The people were in the process of organising a mass protest against “the man” or “the government”. Infact I’m leaving some trail of destruction in my wake, hanging out with the “wrong crowd”. Day 1, when I arrived in Germany the President had to resign on corruption charges. Day after leaving Romania, PM is done for blackmail. Russia an ex KGB head is found dead in “suspicious” circumstances. Surprising Putin didn’t throw me in the gulag. Oh well, you had your chance Vladimir. 

After being deep behind the Iron Curtain for almost a month, finally, a decent schnitzel and coffee and cake and strudel. What’s the old saying, a schnitzel a day keeps the doctor away. It goes without saying, the food here has been fantastic.

As you can probably tell by the photo’s the weather in Vienna hasn’t been great. Torrential downpour and howling wind. It started to snow on the last day, would love to return here when it has a coat of snow on but also as you can probably tell Vienna is very easy on the eyes. A lot of the time was spent either in museums or hanging out in cafe’s drying off, sinking tins. It’s a bit of a shock to the budget spending 50 Euro’s a day as opposed to 50 Lei.

The Egyptian collection at the Austrian History Museum (i know) is astounding. Between the Hermitage, here, British Museum, the Met in NY and I’m confident there would a shitload at le Lourve, do the Egyptians have anything left - or has it all been pillaged for paying tourists like me.

Headed to the Torture Museum for a look and get some ideas (i.e burning with hot irons, mutilation with electric drills, cutting out tounges, etc), but it is best described as non existent. In it’s place is now a family friendly aquarium. Note exactly what I was looking for and most people seemed genuinely alarmed when I enquired about the torture. And no I was not lost. I’ve become fairly competent with a map, subway systems in dual language just aren’t a challenge anymore after Moscow I’m afraid.

Popped into to Sigmund Freud’s gaff to say g’day mate and have a good old chinwag, but alas he was not about. They have turned the godfather of psychoanalysis (there is some light bedtime reading for you) old digs into nothing more than a charming / tacky museum selling a whole heap of non related crap at viciously inflated prices. Keeping only one room in it’s original, keeping his hat, some old Siger’s cigar’s (see what I did there), a coat rack.

To Bernhard and Romy in particular, thanks for all the tips on Vienna. Haven’t eaten that well for a long time.

Well, that’s another city down, in hindsight I would have come here straight from Kiev, but you never can tell these things. Oh well. There is so much to see and explore in Vienna, it’s the kind of place I feel that I haven’t even scratched the surface. The Viennese have a pretty good life, I reckon and would happily return here (might come back for that Gunner’s gig, well Axl n friends). People here are very friendly, always up for a bit of a chat, a bit of banter - very dry sense of humor. Although the amount of invites I had to peoples houses to show me their wine collection in their cellar was a little unsettling. Indeed.
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