Trip Start Jul 31, 2007
Trip End Sep 05, 2007

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Off to Austria today, famous for Arnie, Hitler and Weiner schnitzels.  Luckily my hostel in Bratislava was only a quick walk away from the train station, so I was out and off to Vienna by 11am, heading out of the old communist countries and over to right-wing Austria.  The train journey only took about 1 and a half hours, and the biggest thing that struck me was just how many wind turbines there were in Austria, well in the part of the country the train took me through anyways.  From my Lonely Planet guide I thought I'd sussed where to go, so off I headed, but the strutting map was wrong so I ended up walking in completely the wrong direction for about half a hour, and eventually found the hostel, which was actually only 5 minutes from the train station, grrrr (foot report - better than in Bratislava).  I actually bumped into Danny the American dude again in the hostel, Wombats.  The hostel is quite a big one, but didn't feel impersonal or irritating, well that is apart from the people who are travelling.....  I have a pet hate now, in hearing people's stories about where they have been, when they say "yeah, I've done (insert country name)".... what the hell do they mean they've done it???  Have they seen each and every square inch?  What's wrong with saying that you've been to somewhere, rather than 'done' it????  Idiots.
Anyway, we hopped on the metro system, which happens to be very well labelled unlike Budapest, and into the main part of town.  We took the tip from the guides and jumped on tram 2, which goes on a loop around the centre, very good idea actually as it takes you past a lot of the impressive buildings and sights and gives you a good orientation of what is where in the city.  My impressions of Vienna at this point were very favourable: it is super clean, seems very easy to get around with the metro and tram system, and has some truely magnificent buildings and statues.  I liked it a lot more than I had expected I would.  After taking a loop around, we hopped off near the city hall spying something going down, which was the Film Festival, which has actually been running all through the summer, and basically just seems to be a re-screening of some classic operas and musicals.  There were also a variety of exceedingly tasty food stands around the place, where Danny annoyingly bought what looked like a really tasty tortilla wrap, and I could only watch on as he enjoyed it: the food was actually quite expensive and not in my meagre budget, dammit.
Anyway, after watching Danny scoff the lot we headed off towards Museumquartier, where, yep, you guessed it, a lot of the museums are located.  The buildings around this part of town are so immense, I couldn't even fit them into one shot on my camera.  Vienna is a great place to just wander around in the summer, taking in the buildings and parks on offer.  So that's what I did for the rest of the afternoon and into the early evening as the weather was just perfect.  A great day.
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Re: Go girl!
Ah, yes, now where is it that I have to go to in Prague again? I will actually be getting there on Thursday now, giving myself a little more time to look around. I will definately check that place out if it can offer me a healing miracle. I think I will need crutches when I get home, or maybe even an electric wheelchair unless I get a miracle cure.
Strangely, deorant and anti-perspirant deodorant is quite cheap in the sweaty countries. Maybe they just like to smell of BO.

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