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Feb 3, 2008 - Vienna

As, I said in the Venice entry, we took an early train to Vienna that was supposed to take about 8 hours. Well... this particular train ride was HORRIBLE!!!! We had to reserve our seats on this train, and had bought a "couchette" which is three seats facing another three seats with a sliding glass door closure. We had finally struggled to get all of our luggage into the racks and settled into our seats after the train was on its way when one of the people cam back and told us our car was defective and that we had to move... well we ignored...

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Feb 2, 2008 - Vienna

Today Kayla was the first one up with Shane and I shortly behind. We were downstairs having breakfast by 0730. We were mostly packed from the previous night and we headed down to the train station to catch the train to Vienna. We still hadn't purchased any postcards from Hungary and I was hoping to get some at the station no matter their condition. By the time we had checked to see if reservations were required for the train, determined which track the train departed from, and walked to the wrong end of the platform we were now running to...

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Dec 18, 2007 - Update # 1

Well our trip has started wonderfully. Veuve Clicquot at the Melbourne airport prior to leaving in the Emirates lounge and we haven't looked back. Vienna is such a beautiful city. Smallish; about 1.4 million people but absolutely magnificent. The weather has been good....sunny...about 0 degrees. We have been well rugged up and I have developed my own test system to identify how many layers are required. I send Anthony out onto the balcony and when he comes back cold we add another layer & send him back until we can confirm the correct level...

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Nov 21, 2007 - Telling Time on the Road

Timekeeping on the Road - Kyla writing Admit it... you don't wear a watch...do you? (excluding my Dad of course who owns some incredible Swiss watch that was "born" before I was). No, in fact you likely keep time on your cell phone or blackberry or some other gadget that I am not technologically advanced enough to know about. So what would you do if you were to take a year on the road and were trying to limit your gadgets, as well as spending money? Well I will tell you what Nick and I attempted to do. Neither of us likes the feel of a...

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Nov 17, 2007 - Vienna, Austria

We spent 5 days in Vienna, the capital of Austria, and the former imperial capital of the Hapsburgs. We had a great time walking around the Christmas markets, going to the opera, visiting with our friends and family (Rob and Jessa, and Kyla's extended family Mahmoud, Moti and Assad), and generally relaxing in the museums. Some thoughts on Vienna from Nick:

  • Best beer garden ever - Salm Brau: this was the beer garden that Mahmoud, Moti, and Assad took us to. Fantastic beer that was brewed on the premises, great food, and great...

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Nov 12, 2007 - Vienna, Austria

On the train ride over, I stayed in a Harry Potter type of seating, with the window doors closing off your space from the rest of the train. I met two guys that were traveling together for the moment. One from British Columbia, Canada and the other from Perth, Australia. They were fun people but all they seemed to have stories about was drinking, which I thought was sad. The Australian guy was happy to see snow, and ran out of the train at a stop and grabbed a snow ball to throw in the cart. It was funny to watch someone so excited and like...

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Nov 5, 2007 - Vienna

Hello again, We left Grunau early Monday morning and headed for Vienna. It was nice to be away from big cities for a bit but we were excited to get back to a bigger centre. Vienna started off on the wrong foot as I got us lost trying to find our hostel. We probably walked for 35 minutes and then once we were told where to go, realized it was a 2 minute walk. We got settled in in the early afternoon and made our way straight downtown. It was pretty cold and got dark around five, but we wanted to cover as much ground as we could. The area...

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Oct 29, 2007 - Vienna

So I'm not sure if I mentioned this in my Prague entry, but on one of my wanders around the city, actually right next to the main train station, I saw people doing drugs. I know I know shocking! But they were actually injecting drugs into some guys neck and this other group of people injecting were doing it literally 10 feet from a group of school children and I would be lying if I didn't say this completely freaked me out, so I decided to head to Vienna instead of down to Budapest as originally planned because Chris had to go back to Paris...

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Oct 27, 2007 - Vien-again

Back to Vienna for a few days after Hungary. We missed meeting up with Lacrima as she was on a flying mission, but she let us stay at her apartment for a couple of days. There was the Vienna Boys Choir on Sunday morning and a ballet in the evening- for April and Mary Ruth that is. I somehow managed to miss both of those... but had my own cultural experience, mostly consisting of Vienna coffe. We did visit a very old underground wine cellar in Vienna for some delicious schnitzel and other traditional Austrian food along with some good local...

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Oct 24, 2007 - Vienna, Austria - Updated (photos)

Greetings from Vienna! This our second, and last day in Vienna. Yesterday we arrived in town after our 5 hour ride through some beautiful countryside that allowed us to see huge snowy mountains and plenty of snow covered cottages. We found our hotel quickly and checked in before heading to the Haus Der Musik (and lucky us the admission was half off on tuesday nights!). The museum was interesting - a mix of history museum about the famous musicians that were born or lived in Vienna (Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, etc), along with a science...

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Oct 20, 2007 - Doing the best we can: Vienna

We ventured back into the city life after crossing from Hungary into Austria. Right off the bat, we met our new Brazilian friend named Leo at the hostel and decided to head out to get some cheap food. We were in the process of arguing over whether to go for pizza or kebabs,when what to our wondering eyes should appear but The Pizza and Kebap Palace, or something to that effect. We were all quite happy, April and Jason with their spinach pizza and Mary Ruth with her newly dicovered love of falafel. We ended up eating there 2 or 3 more times...

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Oct 15, 2007 - Vienna

It's always a little strange to meet someone in a foreign country, travel around with them awhile and then meet them years later in another country. Lacrima was my travel buddy last year in South America (Feb 4, 2006- Arequipa, Lacrima, Espanol), and I sent her an impromptu e-mail before I came to Austria to see what she was up to. Sure! She said, come to Vienna and visit. With vague directions of a bar to meet her at, I was walking near the Danube in Vienna and almost accidentally ran into a girl on the sidewalk. Lacrima! One of the most...

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