Trip Start Jan 27, 2009
20Trip End May 15, 2009
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Where I stayed
Julius Raab Heim - Hotel Sommerhaus
My final day in Vienna, yesterday, was spent doing not much at all. By late afternoon my book supply had run out, and I made a short venture to the city to buy more - of course, nothing is open on a Sunday in Vienna, except souvenir shops. So I got a couple of souvenirs, snapped some statues I hadn't seen, and headed home.
I had decided to get some food from the supermarket near the hotel, but of course they weren't open either, so after breakfast I ate nothing but a packet of Pringles. But it's not as bad as it sounds, because I wasn't feeling too good anyway and doubt I would have eaten very much at all anyway.
This morning I ate a very huge breakfast, seeing as it was my last all-you-can-eat brekky, cleaned up my room, paid my rates and headed off for Linz. The train was very comfortable and not very full, so I had room for my many bags. Another man sat in the same compartment thing as me, and he was very trusting - he went away for 10 minutes (where did he go? I can't say!) during the trip and just left me with his bags and jacket and stuff. Did it occur to him I might sneak something out? Obviously not! He also slept for his entire journey, which was about one hour.
Another hour later I arrived in Linz, and I think the train station here is much prettier than the ones I saw in Vienna. Maybe that's because Linz has been crowned Culture Capital of Europe in 2009, and so they're spicing everything up?
The tram was also easy to navigate, and half an hour later I was entering my room here, on the fourth floor, with a not-too-shabby view. After organising my payment and getting an ID card, I found my way to the cafeteria where I got a meal despite the kitchen being closed (thankyou!). It's good that they were nice, because I had neglected lunch in my travels and I had a feeling dinner would be even more annoying to acquire than in Vienna. It was a huge meal of chicken with ratatouille sauce and rice, a meat n broth soupy thing, a berliner-type cake, salads and a bottle of water for the pretty damn good price of €6,60! I was impressed.
So I'm now sitting in my cold room trying to figure out the radiator and putting off putting my clothes away because I only just went to the effort of packing them up this morning! Ah well. Another thing... the website said you could get cable in your room. It didn't mention that for that to happen one needs their own TV. Damnit! :P
I will probably update again in a week, once the conference is over, to let you know how it went and put some pictures up.
Aud wiedersehn, and cyas later! Xoxoxo