Really big buildings...

Trip Start May 12, 2005
Trip End May 14, 2006

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Friday, February 3, 2006

Arrived here this morning after saying goodbye to mum, dad and gina (after almost 2 months of travel together) and catching a very efficient two trains from Seefeld to Innsbruck and then across the breadth of Austria in 5 hours to Vienna (it's a pretty quaint little country). Hard to say goodbye to the family but it was an amazing train journey; the views are as good as anything we've seen in the himalaya (just about a 1/4 of the height!)...snow all the way, villages of powder-laden roofs, churches, ski hills, etc etc..

Greeted by a bitterly cold air mass in Vienna, in the Tyrol we'd been over 5 C most days, but it was about 5 below in Vienna for most of today. Arrived just before one and had to get somewhere to sleep (being Austria, this was done very efficiently, brilliant hostel near the train station, but it is strange being back to dorm living after two months of luxury!).

Decided to brave the cold and go for a walk around this grandest of cities.... didn't take long before steaming kebabs took precedance over romanesque architecture and for $2.50 (euro), we'd sampled one of the best lamb sangas this country has to offer (with extra garlic sauce and chilli flakes of course).

Interestingly Vienna has a fairly multicultural face; Seefeld was very waspy (i suppose most european ski resorts are), but there were all sorts of faces and languages around Vienna today...Hungary, Russia etc aren't so far away.

Did a nice long walk through a great little turkish market (picked up some disapointing dolmades and had to remind ourselves that need to pick up a stingy backpacker mentality asap). Ultimately we made for the Hunderwasser museum, one of Clare's favorite painters. In fact in a small village in kerela, India, we met one of Hunderwassers mates and peers Rennie Leuban. Now in his mid 80's, he still travels and paints for most of the year; he has covered much of the earth's surface!! But today we focused on Hunderwasser...what a fantastic museum designed by the great man himself. We both decided that we liked just about every piece in the collection a whole lot, and the building is just something else.

Picked a different route to walk the 5km back to our eluded to, Vienna has some really big/impressive Hasburg architecture and we chanced upon some striking backdrops just as the ski was darkening and it started getting seriously cold.

Ducked into the supermarket, picked up some pasta and mushys and enjoyed the european backerpacker priveledges of youth hostels with kitchens. Pretty buggered after our 5:30 start, but gotta get going again on the to Madrid tomorrow, might even be able to meet up with our swedish travel bud from asia Rikard at the airport, by chance he is flying in tomorrow as well and i'm just about to email our flight number...

adios...stay posted for some ad-hoc updates and photos.....
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