12.06.2011 - 12.06.2011 21 °C
We had to wake up early again this morning, 0700 to get to church on time. Our roommates stirred a little as the alarm went off. We ate our cereal and said hi to the receptionist as she came on shift. We scampered out the door and down the street. We lined up for the Vienna Boys Choir at 0815 behind about 20 others. We waited and watched people for 55 minutes until they let us in. We ran up the stairs and to the back of the chapel. We had prime stops for viewing mass. We had to stand for our free spots. There was one woman however, who didn’t know what was going on. Five minutes before mass started she pushes her way to the front of the line “RANDAL!” she screams “WE’RE HERE FOR THE MASS, WE NEED A SEAT, I THINK I SEE ONE. RANDAL CAN WE GET THROUGH?” People start telling her and Randal they need to buy tickets to view the mass, she starts getting hysterical “WE’RE NOT TOURISTS, WE’RE HERE FOR THE MASS, THEY’RE JUST HERE TO TAKE PICTURES, THEY’RE ALL OFF A BUS!! RANDAL IT’S MASS, WE NEED TO GET THROUGH. OHHH, WE’RE GOING TO MISS IT!” It was a mess, eventually they left, but not before thoroughly disturbing the peace. One person fainted while while we watched and I had to body-check a girl who tried to steal my spot when we all moved aside. All and all it was worth it, we got the here the boys sing, which was beautiful.
After church we got some cake and coffee. We may have paid a lot for it, but it was very good. Vienna is known for coffee and cake for good reason and our legs desperately needed to sit down after all that standing. Our next order of the day was to find some lunch to bring on our picnic. However, Sunday in Vienna means everything is closed, it took us a long time. We got on the metro and found a bakery and store open. we purchased a feast. Two more metro transfers later we were there. We went to Lainzer Tiergarten, a huge wildlife preserve in the southwest corner of Vienna. It was first started by Ferdinand the first in 1561 when he fenced in his hunting grounds. The park was huge and we managed to walk only a very small bit of it.
We started by eating lunch in the playground area. A few beers and other delicious items. We walked uphill and down admiring a forest so different from our own, no evergreen trees anywhere! We happened upon a meadow. We walked inside it and sat down admiring the views and enjoying the sun on our backs. As we walked back to the path Shane noticed some wild strawberries. We never in a million years thought we would be foraging for wild strawberries! They are delicious, teeny-tinny little things and they were perfectly ripe for eating, we got so lucky. They taste nothing like a strawberry, instead they are floral and carry a wallop of sweet berry flavour to your mouth. Simply amazing.
our first wild boar!
We walked a few more kilometers and then walked on back. We got on the train and went home. We recharged for a few minutes and left again. This time we walked around town and then to St. Peter’s Church to listen to a free organ concert. The concert was nice and I’m glad we heard it. We walked the long way home and turned in for the night.