Vienna, Austria

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Is it posh here or what?!  But it was nice to get out of the last two gloomy cities.  When I had read about cities like Vienna, I thought the authors were exagerating.  What I'm refering to is how prim and proper everyone is.  How obedient and exact they are.  It is actually very unsettling at times.  I could be targeted as a tourist just by jaywalking a bike path on a red light, instead of crossing exactly on the cross walk lines when the light turns green.
I arrived at the hostel at the same type as an American couple.  Between the three of us, we struggled to figure out what the lady at the reception was telling us.  All I understood from this woman was how much she loved the McDonald's here, that it had the best breakfast in town and that we must go visit it for the architecture of the building alone.

  Once she finally stopped talking, we had to go to another building to find our rooms and it wasn't in the building she told us it was in.  It was in an old night club next door.  Definitely one of the sketchier hostels I've been to, but it was a great location, cheap, had good beds, big showers and internet that was stolen from the next door Apple store.  I can't complain.  So that night I went to see all the major sites in the city with the couple.  We did this within a couple of hours, tasting local food along the way.  When we went back to the hostel, all I could think was "Now what am I going to do tomorrow?"  Got a pleasant surprise that first night though.  As I was settling in, Jaime, Paul and Sam (the guys I spent time with in Berlin and Prague) walked into the room.
  I was planning on giving them a shout that night to find out if they were in the area.  We spent the rest of the night catching up and playing cards.
The next day, the American couple were visiting Schonbrunn, which is basically the Versaille of Austriam so I tagged along.  This place was better than Versaille, the gardens were free this time, so no crazy lines to get in.  After taking the day easy, I met up with the guys at a local hangout.  We eventually started to slowly walk around looking for a cheap place to eat.  After an hour we ended up at the famous McDonald's where the Americans happened to be as well. I love how all the McDonald's in Europe have free internet.
The next day, after hugging the guys goodbye, since we probably wouldn't run into each other again, I was off to catch my train to Munich.
  I connected in Salzburg and saw the Alps in the background.  It just made me so excited for Switzerland.

Thoughts while in Austria:

-The people are so obedient that no one checks if people buy their tickets for the public transportation because everyone just does.
-A little too expensive here for my liking.
-I have never seen a public transportation system be more precise and always on time by the second almost.
-The landscape of this country is beautiful

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Schonbrunn, kind of like a mini V…
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Roman ruins at Schonbrunn
Roman ruins at Schonbrunn
Local hangout spot
Local hangout spot
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Yeah, they were nut balls
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A taste of the Alps at the train …
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