Whoops, how did i end up here?

Trip Start Jul 06, 2006
Trip End Sep 26, 2006

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Whoops, how did i end up in Vienna, Austria -

If you remember from my last entry in Rome my plan was to head to Venice for a night or two stopping at Pisa to see the leaning tower. I left Rome and stopped in Pisa for a few hours which was more than enough to see the leaning tower and everything else Pisa has to offer. I boarded a train that went through Venice at 8pm, found a nice cabin with equally nice people, got my ticket to ride eurail pass out and settled in for the six hour trip through the Italian country side. I shared a few bottles of wine with the others in my cabin; an old Italian man who kept singing, two girls from Switzerland who were talented in other ways and a young couple from Vienna. We all had a few good laughs that i of course had nothing to do with and after a while i thought i should take a nap as i still had to find somewhere to stay in Venice once i arrived there at 1215am.

It seems that i was a little more tired than i had thought and was woken up by the conductor at 830am, surrounded by empty wine bottles and looking like a washed up old drunk. I stumbled out of the carriage and began finding my way around. It was only once i got out of the station that i realised where i was.

I found a hostel called 'wombats' in the centre of town where i have stayed the last few nights. I feel comfortable in Vienna and could definitely live here as it is so clean, has great night spots, friendly people, a rich culture and a overall good 'vibe'. Different to other places i've been and felt that everyone is looking for a way to rob you.

The unique Austrian culture and beauty is vividly abundant everywhere i look. Complementing the Eastern Alps occupied by skiers during winter and enthusiastic hikers in summer- is human genious; Outstanding Palaces, history rich castles, soaring cathedrals, faultless architecture and of course the legacy of Mozart and Beethoven to name but a few artists. The rich history and traditions of Austria are effortlessly interwoven with the modern world. Orchestra performances, yodelling and horse drawn carriages sit side by side with contemporary art, bouncing night clubs and sex shops.

My travels through the countryside have been like watching the 'Sound of Music' over and over. At times i have fully expected 'Maria' (Julie Andrews) and her loyal followers to come over the hill singing, ''The Hills are alive with the sound of music''.

Once i've spent a litle more time here i will again pull out my map of Europe and decide where i will go next. I have no itinerary and with my eurail pass can go wherever i want, with whoever i want and do whatever i want. Its a great feeling of freedom travelling this way and makes me at times feel i could travel forever.

Tick Tack Toe Here I Go, Where I Stop I Do Not Know!

Yours in Kewlness,
Mr. Kewl
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