Good morning! :-)
On my way to a day of work at the University of Music and Performing Arts.
How are you today?
The Rugby World Cup is on, and there aren’t many places one can go to watch it in the city, as the interest in rugby is very limited in Austria. The Australian pubs sometimes show rugby, and Shebeen, but if you want to be certain, Flanagans shows most games whether it be Rugby Championship, Super Rugby, Six Nations or just a test game.
Nowadays it’s made all pretty for the World Cup, and there was nothing wrong with the atmosphere when we watched England go out of the tournament yesterday. Poor England. At least co-host Wales is still in it!
Yesterday I went adventuring around Wienerberg in the outer 10th District, and found this rather pretty building. I had to find out more about it, and so I went to trusty Wikipedia, and this is what it told me:
The water tower was drawn by Franz Borkowitz and built in 1898-99. It used to be a part of a bigger building complex, and supplied the areas in the 10th and 12th district that were too high up to be reached by the water in the Wienerberg reservoir. This was a time when the city was rapidly growing, and the water usage with it.
It was in use until 1956. Inside the tower nowadays there’s an exhibition space, and it’s used for events. There are free tours of the tower 7 months of the year, so if you’re super keen some googling will tell you when there is a tour next.
Last year they built a water park for kids to play in next to the tower.
People waiting for the Wiesn to open at noon. At the Wiener Wiesn-Fest you can quench your thirst for beer and see people dressed up in Tracht, it’s basically Vienna’s own Oktoberfest. It keeps getting bigger every year, so I guess it’s here to stay. :-)
Few locals spend time here. I walked up Graben and then Kohlmarkt on my way to the Wiener Tourismuskonferenz. :-)
It was an interesting night, seeing what the Vienna Tourist Board is up to, and what challenges that face Tourism in Vienna in the years to come. I also really enjoyed the Zeremoniesaal at Hofburg!! This was the old ‘Tronsaal’ or where the Hapsburgs had their thrones. (Not made of iron I’m sure).
It’s the very last of the days when you can sit outside and lounge on a chair in this funky little street in the 6th by Haus des Meeres. I really enjoy the vibe here in summer. It’s also got one of the very few Vegan restaurants that I know of in Vienna. I’ll miss outdoor seating… Use it while you still can!!
In fact, it’s just getting started. I went to Hauptbahnhof this weekend to donate the stuff I had that might be useful in the coming season, as the refugees are not really dressed for colder days. The picture shows some of the storage of clothes and all at the far end of the train station. There is an acute need for clothes and supplies all things warm, especially men’s clothing. If you want to check out what is needed at the train stations in Austria at any time, go to http://www.refugees.at.
The interest in the media might be fading, but the situation has not changed. There are still thousands of refugees arriving every day, and supplies are needed. It was really strange going to Hauptbahnhof… It gives you an almost apocalyptic feeling. There are people everywhere, on the ground, tents have been put up all over, people are sleeping on the ground… And it smells like the spoils of a music festival. Hygiene articles are sought after as well, but then, there are no showers at the train station. I feel very sorry for those going through this. I saw a lot of children today too. I’m sure that they are the reason why people are fleeing for a better future. I would probably do the same!
Don’t forget about this crisis. If you have men’s clothing to donate, bring it to a train station. They also need food items. Like I wrote earlier, check out train of hope to see what is needed now at a train station near you.