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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Vienna, Austria - 2012

# Posted by Joel Dixon at 16/10/2012 19:37:22

Vienna is another city that I had no initial interest in visiting - only making it's way onto the itinerary because it was too difficult to find a train going straight from Krakow to Budapest. The difference this time - I could remove Vienna from my trip memories and I wouldn't be that upset. It wasn't a terrible place - but it just didn't have a lot that interested me specifically.

I arrived super early from the sleeper train (upon which I got zero sleep) and could not check into the hotel until 2 pm. I formed a quick plan of things I wanted to do and made my way to the Vienna Zoo. It was fun seeing further antics from seals, but on the whole the Vienna Zoo was pretty average (certainly not up to the level of Berlin). After a delicious lunch of wiener schnitzel I made my way to the meeting place for a Segway city tour.

"Why are walruses the only ones that can haz buckets?" the seal lamented to his trainer

When I realised this schnitzel looks a little bit like America - I thought there should be a website displaying schnitzels that look like things. The internet has achieved so much - but still has a lot to go

The Segway tour was ok - and it was fun to be on a segway again - but once more Berlin was a far more enjoyable experience. I was also confronted by Australian accents again as four Aussie's were also taking the tour. I've gotta say - it was a bit of a shock hearing the Australian twang - do I really sound like that? Vienna has some nice sights, but again there wasn't a lot that tickled my fancy (except for the baddest looking Horsey Sorehoofs in Europe). I actually ended up not taking any further photos of Horsey Sorehoofs as they were so frequent in Vienna. I guess that can be a claim to fame for a city.

"Let it go, man. You're on parole - he's not worth it"

A model replication of Vienna from the days of fortifications. Note for future visitors, not an effective chair

An interesting aspect of the inhabitants of Vienna is that they are quite obsessed with the dead. Apparently everyone has a financial plan setup to afford a fitting funeral at the time of death, the cemetery is huge and receives many visitors each day and there was even a funeral museum on the list of suggested attractions. I decided to make my way down to the cemetery on the second day in Vienna to see what the fuss was about. Unfortunately, as I very rarely visit cemeteries in any other country at all - I was unable to make any comparisons. Vienna's cemetery seemed large, and there were some pretty ornate and well decorated plots - but I have no idea if that is normal or otherwise.

The front gate to the cemetery - strangely lacking zombie guards

If this painting of an excited bird trying to peck a winking dick 'n' balls doesn't successfully sum up my stay in Vienna - nothing will

This is the 28th in the EuroJoel - 2012 series
City 1 - Lisbon, Portugal - 2012City 2 - Porto, Portugal - 2012City 3 - Madrid and Toledo, Spain - 2012City 4 - Valencia, Spain - 2012City 5 - Barcelona, Spain - 2012City 6 - Naples, Italy - 2012City 7 - Rome and Vatican City, Italy - 2012City 8 - Florence and Pisa, Italy - 2012City 9 - Milan and Bologna, Italy - 2012City 10 - Venice, Italy - 2012City 11 - Prague, Czech Republic - 2012City 12 - Dresden, Germany - 2012City 13 - Berlin, Germany - 2012City 14 - Legoland, Denmark, 2012City 15 - Edinburgh, Scotland - 2012City 16 - Nice and Monte Carlo, France - 2012City 17 - Lyon, France - 2012City 18 - Dijon, France - 2012City 19 - Provins, France - 2012City 20 - Paris, France - 2012City 21 - Ireland - 2012City 22 - London, England - 2012City 23 - Killarney - Ireland, 2012City 24 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - 2012City 25 - Brussels and Bruges, Belgium - 2012City 26 - Warsaw, Poland - 2012City 27 - Krakow, Poland - 2012City 28 - Vienna, Austria - 2012City 29 - Budapest, Hungary - 2012City 30 - Bucharest, Romania - 2012City 31 - Nile Cruise, Egypt - 2012City 32 - Cairo, Egypt - 2012
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