Trip Start Dec 19, 2007
Trip End Apr 16, 2008

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

We had planned on catching a train from Budapest but as luck would have it a Hungarian train strike forced us to take the bus. The bus was packed with people travelling out of the country, but it was quite a bit cheaper. We arrived into Vienna and had to take the metro to our hostel. The metro system was very easy to use. It's so relieving to arrive in a new city and be a ble to get rid of the backpacks without any hassle. The whole ordeal of having to find a hostel and figure out where you are routine can get tiresome quickly (ie. budapest, athens). We would definetly reccomend the hostel we stayed at. The rooms were huge, spotless, tons of commonspace, lights above each bed and even hand soap in every bathroom (unfortunately uncommon in many places). It also had a bar with cheap beer, never a bad thing! The place wasn't overly busy but we met an aussi couple and shared a few beers. Later we were joined by an Austrian guy who worked at the hostel, a Norwegian who did a pilgrimmage from Switzerland to Italy, and a quiet Belgian guy. We had great conversations well into the night, the cheap beer helped! The next day we visited some museums in the Hofburg palace. They had an enormous collection of silverware used over the centuries (enthralling !), as well as the Sissi apartments and parts of the palace were open. Couldn't imagine trying to heat such huge complexes back then. We also took a tram that circled around the inner center of the city. We saw building like the opera house, rathaus, and the parliament which had some sort of winter festival going onThere were a series of skating rinks linked by paths as well as a weird curling like game. We didn't stay in Vienna long and likely missed out on some important sites but we figure we can't see everything and we were excited to visit the Czech Republic.
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