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Published: August 20th 2010
I had an early morning bus to catch to Vienna and from there I take a train to Bad Gastien. While waiting for the bus these drunken people came along who were still drunk from the night before. When they saw my Canadian flag patch on my backpack the one girl overly excited and started asking me a lot of questions and Canada, and if I like Slovakia and such, it was pretty funny and she was helpful in the end letting me know when to get off the bus at the bus station.
My bus ride was only an hour long so that was good. On the bus there was a Jewish Rabbi sitting in the seat across from me. Not long into the trip he stood up took out his huge shawl/blanket, some leather straps which he tightly wrapped around his arms, he then took out this head piece that had he strapped on his head that kind of looked like a block of wood. He covered himself in his blanket and did his prayers while rocking which every time he rocked his chair squeaked. I was really interesting to watch because I have never seen this things done
before especially which all the attire and on a bus.
Once in Vienna I had no idea where I was or how to get to the train station I needed. I ask the man at the bus station and he said I take the metro, so I go down to the metro and there is no stops with my train station name on it, there is pretty much no one down there and the very few people that did walked by and I tried to ask them in German how to get there, they completely ignored me as if I was not even there. Austria is a beautiful country but the people are rude to tourist I have found this there more then any other place I have been to. This young lady finally stopped and told me I need to take one metro to another station then to the train station.
I arrived in Bad Gastien to the sun, I had almost forgotten what it looked and felt like after being in the rainy Slovakian mountains so long. My hostel was literally a hop, skip jump away from the train station.
When I was checking in I
said I would like to go paragliding, the hostel offers a package deal that if you stay three nights and paragliding the cost is only 110 EUR. I later found it is a great deal I get basically get one free night at the hostel, and the paragliding is usually 99 EUR but I get it got 80 EUR, as well for hostel guest if you want pictures you get pictures and a short video for 10 EUR which is usually is 16 EUR just for pictures. I am so glad I found this hostel because not only did I get that but they were renovating the dorm rooms and I got bumped up to a single room for the same price. When I walked into my room is was a backpackers dream, I had my own bathroom, a decent size bed and a TV.
I did my usually walk around and the lay out if this town is interesting with it tiny streets going this way, that way, up and down like a maze.
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