From Grazie to Danke in 16 hours.
Vienna Travel Blog› entry 38 of 151 › view all entries
July 14th, 2007 – by: chrisrae
My first day in CT I ran into a couple of fellas I met in Naples, one from Seattle and one Aussie. Crazy how small the world really is. I spent most of my time just chilling by the beach the last two days in CT. If you ever make it, I would recommend staying in Riomaggiore, the smallest town because it is a little less touristy, but whatever you do, don´t stay in Corniglia, the steps up are awful and the town not so fun.
So anyway, my roommates were from Seattle as well and were real fun, so my last day I went to the beach with them and got a mad burn, but not even at all.
From there I was on the train for about 16 hours, three separate trains. When I hit Austria zou could see the Alps. I did my best to grab photos but we kept entering tunnels for like half an hour so I missed some good ones. The trains were full of couples making out and with their hands all over each other. I almost got off sooner. However, I finally arrived here about ten at night, and I think I was so tired because on the way to find my hostel, I first jumped on the wrong tram. A nice Austrian told me I was going the wrong way pretty quickly, so I got off and back on the right one and this time even bought a ticket. Oops. Then I walked in the wrong direction for a while and another nice Austrian running a hot dog stand got me set right again.
Today I´ve been trying to figure out how to enjoy my day without spending much money. I realized I overspent in Italy about twice my budget. Yikes. Part of the problem was the fact my rooms were costing me about my days budget so I could either sit in parks and read or go out and enjoý the folks I met along the way and actually see some stuff. Now I am relegated to churches, free museums and parks. Luckily tomorrow some of the musems are free, so I will seek those out. Today I headed toward St. Stephens church and on the way ran into a Native dance troupe. Wasn´t expecting to see that here, but their costumes were great. After one came around with the bucket, I remembered no street performers are here to give free concerts, so I made my way to the church and decided to pay the nominal fee to climb the tower with the promise of views of the entire city and figured the 343 steps would get me some exercise.
After popping in another church to cool off and listen to some organ music, I went shade hopping in various parks around the city. At one point I was sitting next to some older local gals who had a jovial conversation going, and one turned to speak to me after a while and I told her I only spoke English, which I think she was glad about, so I really wonder what they were saying.
From there I made my way to a really large and beautiful building that turned out to be City Hall and host to an outdoor film fest going on in town. I saw a large magnum ice cream bar and was approached by some gals who gave me a card that I stuck in the bar and ended up winning a magnum ice cream bar bracelet - there goes my souvie from Vienna.
I only have one more day and then off to Prague Monday where I will be meeting up with another friend I met along the way, back when I was in Derry, N. Ireland. Now I am off to check out the happy hour at my hostel before tonight´s flick. Hope I fixed all those ys...
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