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Published: June 22nd 2017
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Leisure and Travel – Not as Much as We Usually Do Day
We got up once again and enjoyed "the breakfast of champions." Because we had no particular place to be, we slept in a bit and didn't eat until 8:30. After that, we went back to our small rooms and repacked our gepacken. Then it off to Starbucks for free internet (our last update until today or tomorrow or the next time we find access.) that wasn't really free. They wanted 6 Euros for an hour ($8.40). And you thought the coffee was expensive! Luckily, an unaware, unsecured network was in close proximity and we decided to borrow some bandwiff. (Hahah!). Then it was off for a day of shopping until we had to re-group and gather at the train station (Hauptbanhof). We separated according to what kinds of things we were looking for, but each group had to continually dodge the Gay Pride Day parade. It was a very festive affair, and the parade seemed to go on continuously throughout the town. After shopping, we visited the Viktuelienmarkt, an amazing market of vegetables, fruits, breads, potatoes, biers, wines, cheeses, and flowers. We bought wine, bread, and cherries,
and then stopped to have pretzels and beer (Dünkel and hell vom Faβ😉.
We trekked to the train station and then sought out our dinners. Rich had a very good bratwurst (achieved only because he pointed at in; had he asked for bratwurst, he would have inevitably been served some form of bologna.) Barb, on the other hand, opted for a hot dog. In order to prepare it, the server took a crusty roll and impaled in on a pike. Into the hole, condiments were squirted and then the dog was inserted. Barb said it was very good and that the crusty roll was a lot better than hot dog buns at home. Jeannette ate a mozzarella and tomato sandwich, and Jake went with a Dönerkebap with goat cheese (think Turkish gyro). It was good but followed him into the next day.
All aboard! We had to move to a different platform to board ICE train 261 to Vienna (Wien). For about four hours we enjoyed various activities including sleeping, reading, and watching a slide show of our pictures so far. Rail travel in Europe is a fun thing to do. We arrived in Vienna at 9:40, right on time, and
hailed a cab to Schweitzer Pension. It is kind of like a B&B, but occupies most of the fourth floor of a large, old building. There are 11 rooms. Rich and Barb got a sweet suite, complete with parquet floors, Persian rugs, big windows, and a ceramic stove! Jake and Jeannette got a college dorm room. The bathrooms here are interesting as they were all added to a plumbing system not designed to accommodate toilets. As a result, an electric “shredder” (think enclosed garbage disposal) is attached to the rear of each toilet which “shreds” the waste into gook that can pass through regular sink pipes. Ingenious, for sure. Still, kinda gross.
Once we were settled in our rooms, we ventured outside into the unknown, where we found Kolar. It was a neat place that served all kinds of concoctions in pitas. In fact, that was their entire menu. Plus Kolar beer, of course. We didn't notice a bologna pita, however, were certain if we ordered sausage, that's what it would be. Around 11, we called it a night. Guten nacht!
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