Alex's Alliterative Adventures

Thoughts on Programming, Life, and Travel

Austria 6 – Vienna

September 27, 2008

The day started with a stroll around Naschmarkt, Vienna’s largest flea market. The bizarre variety of wares being hawked included a lone controller for the Sega Master System, a viking helmet, and a box full of Marklin train tracks, the same foul beasts our real time trains bounced across for three long months.

I escaped the terrible stench of all things Marklin and landed safely in Do-an for breakfast. The Do-an breakfast (Frühstück) consists of eggs fried with pieces of salty cheese, which was a new and tasty combination.

We burned off our breakfast at Schönbrunn, Vienna’s castle.

Anti-gravity

Nina gave some breakfast to a squirrel. I didn’t capture the kodak moment, but here’s the basic idea:

Girl feeding a squirrel

We escaped several hedge mazes, since we apparently never learned our lesson after the first one. One of the mazes contained a group of poles I bravely scaled to spot our next destination.

Climbing

I managed to find it: the appel strudel demonstration. Not only did we learn to make proper Venitian apple strudel, but we walked away with a recipe and a phone number we could call if we ran into any strudel related problems. I can now sleep soundly at night, knowing that a team of master strudel chefs are only a phone call away.

A tour of the castle taught us that the first emperor of Austria was a very diligent man. His day started at 4am and he was working at his desk by 5 for most of his 68 year reign.

Schönbrunn 1

After serenading Nina with favourites from the Backstreet Boys, we headed home, where I watched my first German film: Ocean’s Eleven. I understood exactly one line: “Tess. Ihr name ist Tess.”

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  1. kats November 15th, 2008 2:24 am

    Woo, Marklin! You should have reconstructed the RT track in all its glory.

  2. Alex November 15th, 2008 6:36 pm

    I don’t need to see the RT track again for a very, very long time 😉

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