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Aug 29, 2009 - The City of Music - Austria

Woke early, as we had spare time in Budapest. First off we went to the House of Terror. This a building that the Nazi's and Hungary used during World War II. I really like going around/and learning about this type of history. I find it really interesting. What did we see... Well there was a tanker from the war, which I got some snaps of.. But the most interesting part of the museum was heading down to the basement where the jews where kept in cells and executed. We could go into the cells, I went into a few, they're really small. It's quite...

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Aug 24, 2009 - Dash to 143

Days and days since I wrote you, reader. And what days. Finishing BoxWhatBox in Alexandria, I spent a night in Bucharest at my friend Alina's. It can be very intense, the process of maintaining a friendship over distance when you only see each other every couple of years; but in some cases it feels effortless, as it does with Alina. She shares my birth date and many of my Capricorn characteristics, and when we chat non-stop for six or seven hours, as we did that evening, time flies by. In the afternoon I'd had a Cyrano translation meeting...

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Aug 12, 2009 - Happy Birthday

This one's for Paula. :) In my life I've been blessed with the presence of immensely strong women. From my thrust-into-hardship ESL mom who was on her own when my dad walked out in '97 and my older sister who played the dad role long before he walked, to all my closest friends and most long-term lovers - those born into the female form have had a visible and emotional impact on my understanding of what it means to be a woman. Good thing I’m finally waking up to these realizations! These last three years or so have presented me with numerous...

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Aug 10, 2009 - The Vienna Film Festival

Just shy of 3 hours after leaving Salzburg on the train, we arrived in Vienna. Things started off on the right note with a good upgrade at the Le Meridien hotel. Finally, a real suite - no more of this “junior suite” nonsense. Now, we’re talking. After settling in at the hotel for a bit, we charged out into the afternoon to explore Vienna. We started with a walk down the pedestrian plaza Kartner Strasse, past stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral and toward the Danube River. The plan was to buy tickets on the 9:45am Danube Hydrofoil to...

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Aug 4, 2009 - What will this day be like?

Hello to all our fans (hehe). We havn't posted for a while due to 2 things, availability of interent and beer. We did have internet in Munich but the 1L beer mugs take awhile to finish, thus it was very late, and the post would have been much to unproductive and incoherent. We are now in Vienna, it has rained the entire day, so this was a perfect day to do some house cleaning and find an internet cafe to make this post. So lets recap since our last post. We left from Freiburg to Munich on the 31st. The train was packed and we had to stand...

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Jul 19, 2009 - Europa

Ahoy!(That's how they say hi in Czech!) After Poland, we made our way to Czech republic. Our first stop, Prague. Of course a very beautiful city but what I liked the most were the spiritual gems we found. Visiting Bethel was very refreshing and nice for Ruth because it was her second time here. And great to get english magazines. In Ukraine, it's so hard to get English literature that only now did I get my English magazines for July. We saw a Bible that a brother made by hand and took 7 years to do. We also visited the Russian congregation...

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Jul 8, 2009 - The Mooring

So...Buddy and Dude take turns driving the bus from Dubrovnik to Split, and then from Split to Zagreb. Stopping at every cow pasture along the way to Split. I'm seated right up at the front, so I catch every grunting conversation Buddy has on his constantly ringing mobile as he drives and as Dude puts his arms up above his head on the headrest in front of me. Life could be worse. From Split at least we don't stop except at one of those mystifying roadside restaurants that appear to have been built for the sole purpose of serving bus...

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Jun 22, 2009 - Vienna

Our time in Budapest and Prague gave us a taste of what we might expect in Vienna but they pale in comparison. Most of our time in Vienna was spent in the main tourist precincts around the Hofburg, the winter palace in the centre and Schloss Schonbrunn, the summer palace. Schonbrunn is the postcard palace set in wonderful gardens and parks. The buildings themselves are fairly unimpressive aside from the gloriette at the top of the hill behind the palace. But the interior is also well worthwhile. (However we had to dodge the Spanish tour...

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Jun 21, 2009 - Vienna

Grüß Gott'! Welcome to Vienna! This imperial city is amazing to the point of being almost overwhelming. Our apartment (courtesy of our friend Traudi) is beautiful. It's a bit out of town, in fact on the edge of the Vienna Wood, but on a tram line that takes you right into the city in about 15 minutes. Yesterday, we ventured out in spite of a torrential downpour and toured the Hofburg Palace. Today the sun was shining and we met up with Uncle William (who surprised us with a last minute decision to meet us in Vienna) and toured around the...

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Jun 10, 2009 - Vienna

Today was Lia's Birthday. We awoke, got ready, and took the 48A bus down the Burgasse to Hofburg Palace. We attended the morning exercise of the Lipizzaners at the Spanish Riding School. Even the practice arena is stunning, and from 10:00 until 12:00 we watched 4 groups of 5-6 horses go through their 30 minute morning warm-up. To the untrained eye, it may appear that the horses are not doing much, but if you know anything about horses, the morning exercise is amazing to watch. Classical music plays, and the horse and rider pairs practice...

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Jun 9, 2009 - Ljubljana to Vienna

The train ride from Ljubljana to Vienna was very beautiful. Each town we passed was marked by a church steeple. We had a compartment to ourselves for most of the trip. Upon our arrival it Wien Sudbahnhof we grabbed a slice of tasty vegetarian pizza before embarking on our quest for the hostel. We spoke to a woman at the information desk who very kindly told us that we should take Tram 18 to Loritzplatz. From there, it was just a couple of blocks to the Bag and Map Apartment Guesthouse. The room is in an apartment, and is very nice and...

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May 29, 2009 - Vienna

The morning after, the big 50...I was feeling a bit seedy to tell you the truth but Rosco was fine.... we decided to stay here another night instead of moving onto Hungary. We discovered this hotel had the best breakfast anywhere we have had, so we all pigged out. Off into the city on the underground, we arrived in time to see the Lippizaner horses at the Spanish Riding School, we saw them practising in the ring to music. That was pretty special for the kids to see. On leaving the riding school, the rain came down and it got down to 15...

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