Vienna for the night

Trip Start Jul 22, 2006
Trip End Aug 04, 2006

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Thursday, July 27, 2006

So, onwards. We stopped at the Sedlec Bone Ossuary on our way from Czech to Austria. It was amazing and a little bit creepy. Bones of massive amounts of humans who had died from natural causes and were buried at the church burial grounds created basically everything that was inside the church. Chandelier included. There were family coats of arms which included every single bone in the human body. Alicia and I enjoyed examining the teeth- "this one had bad perio! This one grinded!" etc etc.

We arrived in Vienna in the evening to find that our hotel had been changed due to being overbooked. First, we took a bus tour around ring road, did a walking tour in and around the palace, and had about 1/2 hour to do a little walking on our own. Three of us headed down the street to check out one of the many St. Stephens Cathedrals in Europe. We almost turned back, afraid we would be late to the bus, but alas, it was right there so we stopped for a few pics and to check out the amazing architecture and tiny tiles that made up the roof. Our new hotel was "Hotel Ananas" aka Hotel Pineapple. We enjoyed the big spray painted sign trashing prez Bush as we searched for the new location. We found it and checked in, and I took dibs on the shower as I was heading to the Viennese dinner and concert at the palace and Sheila was not.

So, off we headed again. The dinner was outside at a restaurant right at the summer palace. It was sooo good. Cam, one of the Australians, asked us if we went to Oz would we do a Contiki. Of course I replied yes, to which he answered, screw Contiki, head down to Perth and I will give you a free Cam Contiki! The seed was planted...

The concert was... interesting. The concert hall was boiling hot and no A/C. I think I literally spent the entire time fanning myself and Sean (by default). Sean lacked good fanning skills. Half the group bailed at intermission but I stuck it out as I paid a good chunk of change for it.

After, we headed back to the hotel. We met in the bar for a drink before heading out. Sean gave me a shot of absynth, disguised in a different bottle. I only realized later that is why it tasted so awful. We took the subway downtown, in hopes of meeting the others who had left earlier, as well as the "Bermuda Triangle" (an area full of good bars) which is supposedly super easy to find. Or not. We ended up at a bar.. with kareoke... that was a bookstore. Highlights included the girls (before I jumped in and saved the song... or drunkenly think i did anyways) singing an awful rendition of "Its raining men" which prompted some americans to leave the building, and Tom and I singing Hotel California- his first kareoke EVER!

After the group decided to head home, four of us stuck it out- Tom, Sean, Cindy and myself. After nearly peeing in a bush (I found an open bar which let me use the bathroom in the nick of time) we finally found the Bermuda Triangle, and another round of drinks. We finally headed back to the hotel, not before messing around with the windshield wipers on the Contiki bus.
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