Wien

Trip Start May 30, 2012
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Trip End Nov 07, 2012


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Friday, June 15, 2012

This is our third day in Vienna and we have seen most of what we wanted to see. Vienna is very easy to get around. We paid 15 Euros each and we had unlimited access to all transit, which includes buses, trams and underground trains. You can get just about anywhere using the underground trains, which come every five minutes. Our first three nights were spent at a couples' apartment (Stevie and Jenny) who grew up in Vienna. They are about our age and we had a lot of fun hanging out with them. Last night after a full day of seeing Vienna, we met Stevie at a hidden little all-you-can-eat, all-you-want-to-pay Pakistan/Indian restaurant. Really, the only people who know about it are students and people like Stevie, who grew up in Vienna. So you eat as much as you want and you pay what you want. I guess it works for them. After dinner, we walked to St. Stephen's Plaza in Vienna's inner city. Stevie was like our own private tour guide, explaining things as we walked. Just outside of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stevie got word that at 9pm there would be a flash mob dance. So at 9, Greek music starting playing and the organizers of the dance got people together, putting their arms on each other's shoulders. Soon everyone around the plaza joined in (a lot of people) and there were tons of huge circles of people dancing. Jess, Stevie and I joined in.
 
Earlier that day and the day before, we walked around Schonbrunn Palace, (which took half a day by itself) stumbled across an isolated church (Kaiser Joseph something) that had no tourists and looked like a castle, and saw most of the famous historic buildings in Vienna's inner city. On Saturday morning, we met Stevie and Jenny at a cute little cafe in the south end of the city. Then we walked with them to a huge farmer's market only open on Saturdays, which had tables set up with everything you can think of (edible and not). Later that day we celebrated Stevie's birthday with some of his friends at a place called 'Sand in the City.' Stevie had rented a beach volleyball court for a couple hours. It was a lot of fun! After, we got some amazing pizza from the booths set up in the area, and enjoyed our last night in Vienna. We are planning to go to the Vienna Opera House and see a ballet. We heard that if you go a half hour before it starts, you can get cheap standing room tickets, but you still get to see the inside of the opera house and a ballet too. On Sunday it is off to an unplanned stop on our trip, Bratislava, Slovakia. It is so close and inexpensive to go there from Vienna that we had to do it. So two nights in Bratislava and on from there.

Ryan

P.S. We did end up going to the ballet! The tickets were 8 Euro and we ended up sitting in awesome seats! It was wonderful!

Jess
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mm on

gorgeous pics and such a cute couple...so enjoying your blog, love

Lindsay Erickson on

Wow Jess and Ryan!! your trip looks and sounds absolutely amazing. Keep the posts coming, miss you!

Mutti & Father on

Sounds like Stevie is a great tour guide & now friend. Would love for him to come to Canada. I love reading your blog & seeing your pictures, sure do miss you both, glad you are having a wonderful time.

Boodgie on

Sounds like a sweet time in Vienna...Calgary should have a flash mob dance! And I'm glad you had a wonderful couple to stay with :)

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