Leaving Vienna

Trip Start Mar 10, 2005
Trip End May 20, 2005

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Wednesday, April 6, 2005

We ended up staying 2 nights in Vienna, both at Hostel Ruthensteiner (15e each per night) good hostel recommended. After checking in, jumping on the internet and then spending the late arvo chatting with our roomates (Fabio the italian stallion, Gene from NY, and a couple of Belgium boys) it was off to 2 bars, first the Down Under bar and then Pandoras box...Sam, Gene and I had a good night even though the town seemed like a ghost town (suprising as there were so many people on the streets through the day)
The next day (April 5th) we unleashed the bikes, R2 and Andre, they loved the city streets without the added weight of the bags...rode over to Schonbrunn Palace, a couple of Kms from the hostel. This is an impressive residence, huge baroque style gardens and an imposing palace...it was the Austro-hungarian Emperors residence up until the break up of the Empire (large Empire that covered most of Europe until quite recently) We spent nearly the whole afternoon up in front of the Emperors cafeteria, where he would have his coffee and look out over the city, can't say I blame him...was a sweet view of the city. After plenty of people watching and enjoying the vista, it was off to the other side (east) of the city in search of the Botanical gardens...to enjoy some lunch, taking a few wrong turns along the way it wasn't long before we settled on a smaller city park to scoff down some grub.
Spent the early evening chillin' to some tunes in the garden of the hostel with a few fellow travellers, swapping stories and sippng on some wine/beers, all were very interested in the tour. About 8 of us then headed out to one of the nearby bars to enjoy a few more brews, was a good night at the JazzCafe...cool place for a quite drink with new friends.
The morning of April 6th, saw us shower, consume a huge breaky of museli/fruit/freshly squeased OJ and then farewelled from the hostel by our fellow aussie Luke and his girlfriend (sorry, as per usual have forgotten plenty of names). The problem was getting out of the city...see Vienna is a very friendly city for biking, if you know the system...after a dismal self-effort we began asking for directions...HANS to the rescue, awesome guy...he led us out of the city (he was on a bike too) for 45 minutes, about 20 kms out of his way. His knowledge of the bike paths was awesome, he said he has been living in Vienna for 67 years. His generosity did not stop there, once he had us riding along the banks of the Danube headed for Krems (on route to Prague) he mentioned that he would like to buy Sam and I a beer, if we enjoyed beer, well we couldn't let our new friend down...so good times it was, sitting drinking beer on the banks of the Danube looking back at the beautiful city of Vienna.
Farewells with Hans and then it was riding along the banks of the Danube heading towards Prague (we were figuring we\d be there in 2-3 days)...about this time I realised that I had lost my Jacket that was strapped to the top of my bag (oh well, hope whoever finds it gets good useage out of it...brand new Katmandu outer shell...good find for them)
The next morning
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