Wandering around Wien (pronounced

Trip Start Apr 05, 2006
Trip End Apr 17, 2006

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Saturday, April 8, 2006

Vienna has been late movie nights and even later mornings, when we inevitably have yogurt. Austrians are somewhat obsessed - the grocery store has a yogurt section, separate from other refrigerated dairy items. Kalisse found soy yogurt for me, and I tried some of the other yogurts that everyone else has been eating. Organic food is also very common here, and comparatively not as expensive as at home. Everything is good: juice, bread, vegetables.

Vienna is mostly what I visualized - old, ornate, clean. Everything is historic, with marble sculptures and fountains everywhere. My favorite place was the ethnic market, where I drooled over olives, vegetables, baklava, and falafel. I even saw sarongs and handbags from India.

Public transportation here is excellent - bus, tram, train, subway. Thus you have multiple travel options wherever you go. If we miss a bus, we can walk to the nearby tram stop and ride that instead. We've also encountered plenty of American tourists, mostly high school and college groups on spring break. It's funny to hear American accents - I notice them more in the midst of all the German I don't understand at all.
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