Vienna! Day 2

Trip Start Mar 19, 2008
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Trip End Jul 01, 2008


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Sunday, May 4, 2008

Vienna Day 2:

I got up too early today, but for good reason; I'm in Vienna
damnit! The first thing on the agenda was a tour of the largest palace in
Austria; Schonbrun Schloss. A short tram ride later and we had arrived. This
place is truly massive, 1,441 rooms. It was built and inhabited by the Hapsburg
family. A huge traffic circle at the gate of the palace shows that the owners
really wanted everyone to see this place. The designers of the palace were
definitely more garden oriented than the Schloss Nymphenburg; huge impeccably
trimmed gardens sprawled across the grounds. I really had no interest in
touring the actual palace, I was content with just walking its grounds for
today. These palaces are simply amazing; the amount of craftsmen used to
complete the grounds must have been staggering. Not only to construct, paint,
carve, furnish, and decorate the palace; but to create and maintain the grounds
as well. It takes us a good two hours to walk through the grounds; jeeze it'd
be nice to live close to a palace. Having the option to lounge and relax on
royal lawns whenever you choose to. We decide to head back into town, because
apparently we had missed three or four blocks of amazing architecture...this city
is great. I spend my last few euros on my meal for the day, a delicious wurst.
One thing this trip is definitely going to cure for me is the low blood sugar
frustrations; I get so preoccupied with exploration or am too busy that I
routinely eat one, maybe two small meals a day. Anyways, back to Vienna. The
weather today is amazing; again. With a lofty budget, I could easily have
stayed for three days or more here; this city just has so much to do; museums,
operas, concerts, people watching...With the old city pretty much conquered, we
decided to head to the Danube River; I had no idea if there was anything to see
there, but why not? I had a hunch. Well apparently Vienna has split up the
Danube into three different segments over time in order to control it. The east
canal is free flowing and used for small transport and house boats/permanent
barges, the middle main river is used for large shipping and cruise ships, and
the west canal is Latin America. Seriously. The water is blue and slow flowing,
palm tress and Latin bars/restaurants line the bank, and only small personal
watercraft can use it. This city is so damn cool. Laneise had to leave a few
hours before me, so after only a few minutes in Latin Vienna, she left. I ended
up wandering the mid river island/massive park for an hour or so. I then
leisurely walked up to the train station; looking for a coffee shop with a
power outlet the entire way so I could actually catch up on some homework. I
finally found one in a coffee shop at the train station; which was convenient
enough. An hour of homework later, and I boarded the train. After walking past
a few compartments in the train I hear someone calling out my name; what the
hell? Somehow Edwardo and I ended up being in the same train car! (Edwardo was
the Brazilian I was supposed to meet up with). Wow, what are the odds? I
settled into his compartment, and got myself ready for the journey.
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