11.06.2011 - 11.06.2011 24 °C
Luckily Shane’s alarm was on this morning, because sometime during the night I turned mine off. We ate our breakfast quick and, in my trying to be cool-ness, decided that 50 minutes would give us enough time to get to the train station. The actual tram rides total 15 minutes and if they were running on a weekday schedule they would have been fine. Instead the first tram didn’t come for 20 minutes and we scrambled to get to our train in time. We sat down 5 minutes before the train started moving and about 30 minutes after I started having a heart attack.
The five hour train ride was quite quick because we wasted three hours of it watching tv. Sweet! We handled Vienna’s transit system like a pro, it only took us 20 minutes to get to our hostel. When we came in the door the hostess pointed to a double bed and asked if it was okay. A double bed? In a dorm room? Apparently. We are stoked of course, sleeping together is always better than apart. The hostel is so cool! It’s got about 12 people in it, but it’s spacious and funky and has a whole schwack of free stuff like vodka and q-tips! I might have to post pictures of this one. Anyway, the way our bed is positioned and elevated makes us feel like king and queen. We settled in quickly.
For lunch we headed down the road to a pub that came recommended. We had samosas and sausage. It was very good, even if it wasn’t Austrian at all! We sampled our first Wieselburger bier, which turns out to be our favourite. On our way from lunch we stopped at a grocery store to pick up cereal, milk and apples. In our infinite wisdom (...our hostess told us so) we knew it was a public holiday on Monday. WHAT’S WITH ALL THE HOLIDAYS EUROPE!? IT SURE IS ANNOYING! Holidays mean everything is closed. Damn! We bought some beer to stick in the fridge. While we were checking our email I found our Carolynn and Tony had their baby! Congratulations! This news made my day.
At 1600 we ventured towards town. Vienna is quite small, so we could walk to the palace and museums within 15 minutes. We hung out in some gardens and then had cake and coffee down the road. Even though the cake wasn’t prepared on site it was delicious. We followed the ringstrasse route in a semi circle. Along the way we gawked at the many statues all around Vienna. It’s a very clean and architecturally stunning city, there are no ugly buildings, which in our city experience is a first. Eventually we came upon Rathuas Park where a small carnival was happening. There were rides like merry-go-rounds, beer and plenty of fried foods. We sat on a bench watching children play pass on the ground and climb in the trees, we listened to the live bands for a while as we waited to grow hungrier.
We headed in the direction of home a good while later, looking for a place to eat. We settled on a place that looked Austrian enough. It was far enough outside the tourist area to still have an authentic feel. The food was very good, I had a pork schnitzel and Shane had the classic boiled beef. We really enjoyed the food and the service was very good. We walked back home, took showers and fell fast asleep. (We didn’t even hear our roommates come home at 0300.)