On the train to Vienna
Trip Start Sep 09, 2005
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We hated to say farewell to Budapest. It is indeed a wonderful city. Small enough to not be overwhelming, but big in history and sights. The people are the best there. Actually, some of the nicest in any country or city I have encountered. I have more pictures to post later. We spent the morning packing and some last minute browsing of castle hill. We got a taxi and headed to the train station. Some word I know I can neither say nor spell. Maybe I will add it later.
One thing to note, is I am writing this from Austria and think I have masterd the z or y key thing. They, and some other keys are in different spots and it makes it difficult to type quickly. If I misspell things, I will also blame that on the keyboard.
The train was a little confusing for the first time. We soon figured it out though. You only need to check in the first time with the pass, and from then on, all you need to do is board the train. If it is a busy travel day, you will also want to reserve a seat, for about 8$. (that is the keyboard thing). We had a compartment on the train, just like Harry Potter has. The couple that shared the compartment were from Boise Idaho. They told us all about the Christmas markets, which will have to be one of my trips.
The scenery was great. Some beautiful farmlands, some quaint villages and some industrial areas. Not so different than what we see at home.
The train had a dining car, and of course I just had to experience it. You have to walk between trains and it was so James Bondish. You open a door and you are between trains, and then open another to get into the next car. In between trains I felt as though I should be using a gun to have a shootout at someone climbing up from underneath the car and opening the door. Next I should run through the dining car, firing back at the evil doer and hide in the kitchen while reloading my gun!
Anyway, the trip lasted about 3 hours and before we knew it we were pulling into Vienna. We did not know which of the 3 train stations we would be arriving at, nor did we know which one we wanted. However, we had no choice because it only stopped at Westbanhof very quicklz I might add. These trains wait for no one! We found our compartment mates and shared a taxi to the hotel and arrived safe and sound. There is, however a story involved in our first adventure! I will tell it later... but it involves the wrong ubahn, a red light district and walking about 3 miles in the wrong direction.