Continued from Prague Day 3 Part 2.
I had to catch a morning train out of Prague, so I said goodbye to everyone and was on my way. On my own again, I wonder what the future will bring. For one, I know paying for dinner will no longer be a 20 minute ordeal where we all try to figure out what we each ordered and how much we each owe. One bill, one person, one payment. Done.
No worries. Remember that 20 Euro cent ketchup packet I had to buy in Verona at McDonald’s? Well, I had bought two and only used one and saved the other one because it was, well, 20 Euro cents. McDonald’s ketchup is just exactly what I needed for my Burger King fries. Heresy.
In my train compartment, my travel companions were a woman from Australia traveling partly for pleasure and partly for work conferences and an American couple from Florida who are 3 weeks in on their year long trip across Europe and Asia. Amazing. They had their first aid packing list down pat with multiple types of antibiotics for every different sort of symptoms. I’ve got a long way to go on being a seasoned traveler. They also told me about how they’ve met so many people from Australia and New Zealand who are on these years long travels all over the world, some spanning more than 8 years!! Definitely a different lifestyle than what my life is. It did plant a seed in my mind whether it would be possible for me to travel for an extended period of time though….Hmmmm….I’ll have to water that seed and see if it grows into a forest.
Rambow knife to make tomato and cheese sandwiches for lunch. The Florida couple were on a 50 Euro daily budget(Yes, that includes board, food and everything else!) since they have to make their dollar stretch for an entire year. I was too ashamed to tell them how much I had spent on dinner the previous night. I easily spend close to 50 Euros even before I have dinner, and that’s just on food and transportation…
St. Stephen’s Cathedral. First thing that I saw after getting out onto the surface. Of course, it’s under restoration. Every single famous building in Europe is under some sort of perpetual restoration. Sigh.
This is Stephansplatz, in the old town center. Billions of people walking around and tons of shops all around. I had trouble finding my hotel and I was walking around like a tourist, a dumb lost tourist, a dumb lost tourist with a huge luggage. Sigh.
Found it! I am such an idiot. I didn’t even notice this but if you go 3 photos up, the one where it shows me on the escalator going to the surface, look at the top left corner of that photo. Yeah, I literally came onto the surface at the doorsteps of my hotel. Sigh…
My number one priority in Vienna is actually to slow down a little and spend a lot of time sitting and chilling out in various coffeehouses. Vienna has a very strong coffeehouse culture and I plan on taking it all in over here. With that said, tonight I will just walk around and then probably sit in a coffeehouse to either read or blog.
Lots of people all around Stephansplatz. I will say this, the girls here are beautiful. I saw more beautiful girls in 10 minutes here than I had in the 3 days in Prague. Everyone who told me that girls are beautiful in Prague, YOU LIE!
OK, Graben is very nice and all but I need some serious medicine to knock out this crazy allergy I am having. I’ve been afraid of taking my newly acquired medicine from Czech Republic, so I shall attempt that effort again here in Austria.
They had several registers all ringing up orders for drugs. I asked for Sudafed, but of course, they didn’t carry it. Sigh. Instead I got something else that I can’t understand but apparently it’s for sinuses according to the picture on the cover.
Sachertorte(chocolate cake invented here in Vienna) and Einspänner(coffee with cream). The Einspänner is traditionally served in a glass cup. Why glass, I do not know. Fancy name or not, the hot coffee still burns fingers through the glass. Ask me how I know.
This is the sinus medicine that I got. I looked it up and apparently it’s some sort of popular herbal remedy. I doubt it’ll be all that potent. Where can I find some black market Sudafed around here? Shit, at this point I think it may be easier to just buy some amphetamines and reverse cook it into Sudafed in my hotel bathtub!
Second cup of coffee. This one is with milk and comes in a typical coffee cup with a handle. The coffees are typically offered with a glass of water and couple of sugar cubes. I am not sure how they’ll react if I asked for Splenda.
OK, this is the other side of that sign we saw earlier. I wonder if the other side got vandalized? I took a closer look at the red cross out line and it looked to be too well done to be a vandal’s job. Still clueless to what either side means.
Time to get to work. As the night went on, the place got more and more crowded with it hitting peak crowd at around 10ish. The cafe closes at 1AM. This shall be my home away from home for the next 3 days.
To be continued at Vienna Day 2.