Living in Linz

Trip Start Jan 27, 2009
Trip End May 15, 2009

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Where I stayed
Julius Raab Heim - Hotel Sommerhaus

Flag of Austria  , Upper Austria,
Friday, March 13, 2009

On Monday Mar 9th, after work, I met Dad at the Linz Hauptbahnhof. He'd just had a long flight from Hong Kong, so we ate some cheap food at the student cafeteria and had a few beers before an early night.
Tuesday I had to work again, so I left Dad to his own devices. I believe he went up to Postlingberg, a trip I haven't even gotten around to yet! Anyway that night we hit the town, having some Spanish wine before eating dinner in a very kitsch little joint with some Austrian wine. Dad had a "mozart schnitzel", which would have been plenty tasty if not for the insane amount of large nuts on it. I went for the safer bratwurst option and was not displeased at all... We wanted to hang out in town for a while longer and find smoe nice wine, but it was cold and wet so instead we caught the tram back. Instead of going back to our rooms we found a pub nearby and sat around with the locals boozing it up! It was a cosy place and very friendly despite the communication barrier.
On Wednesday, I took the day off work and thank god I did after the mini hangover I had in the morning. It cleared up as soon as we had breakfast at the cafeteria, and we pottered off to town to checkout the museums. First up was the 'Ars Electronica Centre', museum of the future. This is one of the attractions nearly always listed as being somewhere you go to Linz to see, but I was not as impressed as I expected. The ground floor was where most of the displays were, and it was really interesting to see the stuff about the eyes and the brain. But of course the most interesting interactive stuff was broken at the time. There was also some cool furniture that changed colour / sounds as you sat on it and moved around, and they had a 3D printer at work on something too. The robots section was very cool, showing me things which I'd already admired on youtube. If I got to play with them a bit more it would have been more fun. More things to play with were stationed around the corner, with some cool computer effects mostly. Again, some were not working, what a surprise.
On the next floor was the space room, which is a very large space with a projector showing a high-res movie onto the floor and wall. At scheduled times, a 3D movie (requiring glasses) was shown and the kids even got to play a bit, drawing images which became part of the movie. Moving on from this, there were displays about art and science coming together in interesting ways, and an incredibly awesome machine that played music by shooting balls around and so forth. This was altogether a good time, and I would have had a great time if I hadn't previously hyped myself up reading all about this awesome "museum of the future". I'd recommend stopping in anyway, just don't expect as much as I did.

Following this we headed up to the castle (Schloss Museum) to checkout the Fuhrer exhibition, displaying all of Hitler's plans for Linz. To be honest a lot of them would have been a great improvement, but I suppose stopping the Nazi regime was better than letting Linz get its makeover. There was a lot more to see in this place, but it was getting late and both Dad and I were getting grouchy from low blood sugar! So we stopped at a Chinese place near the main square, only it wasn't really very good quality especially considering the price. But it stopped the hunger, so we moved on to the Landesgallery where there was an exhibition of art by Toulouse Latrec (or something like that) and a few others, which was all quite pretty. Unfortunately I'm not a big art person, and I don't really get it, so paying $au9 (that's the student rate, folks) for an hour's entertainment slightly annoyed me. Dad really enjoyed it though so it was of course worth every cent! :)
Our plans to cover more museums were running out of daylight, so we rushed off to the Lentos museum which had a 'Best of Austria' exhibition happening. This place wasw quite interesting, of course it was all modern art so some of it was total trash. But I enjoyed it, and found lots of things to get my attention. My feet were the biggest attention-seekers by the end of it, so we bought some souvenirs and plonked ourselves on the tram home.
I guess we were both totally bushed, cos we ate and drank at the cafeteria before pottering off to bed!

Thursday I had to work again, so Dad went off to the botanical gardens by himself. This is probably a good thing as I'm not as interested in plants as he is! Anyway after work we went into see a show I got tickets to called Afrika! Afrika! The website claimed there would be African cuisine avaiable in the tents, opening an hour and a half before the show, however.... the website was wrong. The tents opened abuot 30 minutes before the show (leaving us to stand outside in the freeeeezing cold rain) and there was no food. Hungry though I was, the show was really fantastic! I expected storyline which we might be able to figure out, but instead it was just musicians and performers showing off for two hours! I was heaps impressed, and loved every minute of it - if you want to see some, head to youtube and look it up. It's a show where cameras etc. are allowed, so there's plenty of filmclips about it around.

After the show we got pizza and wine from a great little Italian place near the show. By now it was nearly midnight and I had to work again in the morning, and Dad had to leave first thing, so we headed to the tram and caught the last one back. Probably a good thing we left then, I didn't realise the trams stopped after midnight!

So in the morning was a teary goodbye to Dad. OK so I didn't start getting teary until after he left, when I suddenly was completely alone in a place where nobody understands my ways, but still I was really sad to see Dad go, and I was really happy that he came to visit boring little Linz!

Photos aren't weaved cos I'm lazy. More blogs to come soon about my short trip to London!
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