Phil-ing Faint..

Trip Start Apr 12, 2008
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Trip End Jun 18, 2008


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Monday, May 19, 2008

<Brian's brief chronological list of "highlights" (and of whinging)>
 
- Went to listen to the Vienna Philharmonica play a selection of songs which I had never heard of... we had standing room tickets so we had to stand in the back along with a zillion other people. Had I known that it would be packed and would be hot and stuffy, I would have paid extra for seating... with the added bonus of being able to get some sleep for an hour at least! The concert was exciting for the first 10 minutes... got boring after that until some lady fainted from the heat which made the place a bit more exciting... her loving husband wanted to hear the rest of the music so he left her lying there till the intermission while attendants brought her a glass of water and stuff. After the intermission, the music was a bit better with a bigger brass band... and the lady that fainted was back, sitting on the floor looking very ill while her husband watched the rest of the show. Lang insisted on leaving about 15 mins before the end of the show coz she felt a bit faint herself... nothing to miss really plus there was no line to get my backpack from the check in.
- We then went to see the Schloss Schonbrunn... which is the summer palace where the emperor went for hunting. The gardens behind looked amazingly beautiful and I liked the squirrels that were running around. We did the labyrinth and the hedge maze which was pretty cool before a giant thunderstorm rolled in and washed everyone out of there.
- We then went out to the Prater amusement park again, which this time was a deserted ghost town. Some pizza selling dude here accused me of being a Maccas and Burger King junk food junkie, so I showed him by buying his half priced pizza... shows him I'm not a junk food junkie... hey... wait a sec...
 
<Lang's Extended Version>
 
We bought another 24 hour transport pass for today and caught the underground back to the Musikverien for our concert this morning at 11am.
 
After lining up and staking out our spot, we settled in for the 2 hour long show.. The room was ornately decorated and designed with fine acoustics. As more people gathered, the back area where we were standing got stifling warm..
 
Soon the orchestra was ready and as the conductor walked out, the audience gave him a huge round of applause. The show was then on the road and music filled the room. It wasn't long until I spotted Brian yawning, can you imagine if we had bought tickets for a seat? He'd be snoozing away 10 minutes into the show... I don't think I would have fared much better, but being on your feet, you had no choice but to stay awake..
 
So we listened to the orchestra play three 15 minute songs and towards the last few minutes a lady to our right toppled over and fainted.. or maybe she fell asleep? =P Anyway, it was quite warm where we were standing and there wasn't much ventilation, so during the last 15 minutes or so of the recital, I just had to leave as I was sweating like a pig and just could not breathe.. I think I would have been the next to faint in there if we hadn't left..
 
We walked around the town for a little while before heading back to the same place we had lunch yesterday.. Brian had the same thing, but I chose the boiled beef instead.. It was 3pm when we left and decided to make a quick stop at Schloss Schonbrunn, the summer palace of the Hapsburgs - that is, Emperor Franz Josef and Empress Sisi..
 
Getting there was a matter of taking the Underground to Schonbrunn and walking a short distance to the Palace. The place is huge!! We walked around to the back gardens and decided to pay a couple Euros each to do the maze and labyrinth.
 
While in the maze, we felt a few drops of rain start up, luckily, the maze wasn't too difficult to navigate and in no time we had already been through it twice. The rain really started to pelt down as we were leaving the labyrinth, so we ran towards the palace for some cover. It just poured and poured, soaking everyone not undercover and creating puddles everywhere..
 
We waited a while for the rain to abate a little before heading back to the train station to catch the underground back to the apartment.
 
Later that night we headed out to Prater again, but to our dismay the rain had caused most rides to close and the people to go elsewhere.. However, we did score a slice of pizza each for half price as the Italian guy was closing up shop as there were hardly anyone around..
 
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