Mozart Land

Trip Start Sep 07, 2011
Trip End Jul 18, 2012

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Flag of Austria  , Vienna,
Sunday, October 30, 2011

Saturday October 29, 2011

Leanne, Claire, Elda, Megan, and I wanted to go somewhere this weekend, but wanted to keep it close and cheap. So we decided to make a day trip to Vienna which was only 15 euros per person round trip by train. I like to emphasize cheap travel when I get it to make myself feel better about it. :) We arrived in Vienna around noon and had to take the underground to the city center. When we walked up and out of the subway we were right by the famous St. Stephen's Cathedral. Like most cathedrals we have seen it was very large and Gothic looking.

We made our day trip to Vienna very relaxed and mostly just walked around. We did a little shopping as well, but not much. One shop we visited was Swarovski which is an Austrian crystal shop. There is also one in Linz, but the biggest one is the Vienna store (3 stories) so we had to go in. There were all kinds of jewelry and a lot of other different things made out of their crystals. It was pretty expensive though. Everyone bought something except for me, I just couldn't get myself to pay for a piece of jewelry of that price. It was very fancy, even the bathroom sparkled with colored lights.

We walked over to the other main area of Central Vienna and saw Hofburg Palace, parks surrounding the area, and other places that I'm not sure what they were. We didn't bring a guide book with us so there were a few places we didn't know, but still cool to see. I really like all the parks though. They were so beautiful and the leaves had all changed colors!

We had a quick lunch at Nordsee where we each got a "Mix box" of fried shrimp, fish, and fries. While we were walking around we saw a lot of weird things. There are always the typical people in the streets dancing, singing, or playing an instrument for money, but for some reason the people here were a lot more strange. The first guy we saw was an old man "dancing" to hip hop music but he looked like he was trying to cast a spell by the way he was "dancing" and dressed. He looked like wizard. The next guy was someone "floating" in the air. It looked extremely real, but obviously it wasn't. We stood around him for a while to try and figure out the trick. After that we saw many people dressed up as Mozart. Some were those trying to sell tickets to a concert that night. We would have liked to have gone to a concert but we were leaving that evening. This other guy we saw though I think was just doing it for fun. He was painted gold and singing. There were so many interesting people. There was also some kind of organized protest going on too. I think it had something to do with rats. People had posters of rats and were dressed up as rats. They were speaking in German, obviously, so I can't really say exactly what it was all about.

Claire and Leanne are obsessed with Starbucks (They're Irish so of course they love coffee and tea :) )so whenever we saw one in the city they made sure we went there before we left. So we went for coffee and cookies. This is one aspect of the European culture I like and dislike at the same time. I love having an excuse to get coffee and sweets, but sometimes I get annoyed with just sitting around at a coffee place all the time. 

Vienna is what I would call a "sterotypical European city". I think the culture of this city really screams, "Europe!". Everyone is dressed really nice, drinking coffee or tea, and going to the opera houses.

We soon left after all this because our train back to Linz was at 6:18. We had a slow train back so we didn't arrived home until around 9:15.
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