Happy Halloween! Even though this isn’t America, the conditions for celebrating Halloween are ideal in Austria. November 1 is a public holiay here, so you’re always free the day after! Funny to think then thatn the way that Halloween is celebrated today is really only a recent import. Or well, maybe it’s not that funny.. but in any case, parties are in abundance on this day. Here is the party I went to yesterday in the 8th District. 🙂 I hope you all had a great time too!
The middle of the middle of Vienna is here, on Graben, outside Stephan’s cathedral. The background shot of the blog itself is actually taken towards 7 o’clock from this position, standing almost exactly here. It’s not that crowded now as it was this summer, as we’ve got a cold spell, and the tourist season definitely is over. Normally, just like all others who live in Vienna, I avoid this place like the plague during the height of summer. Once, I agreed to meet with a friend here after work, to go eat somewhere nearby. Being hungry and swimming in tourists made us vow to never come here hungry again… lol. Apart from going sightseeing in the cathedral and the castle, there is some extremely exclusive shopping to be done in this area. And some allright ice cream to be had during summer. Other than that… it’s for the street performers and the tourists to run free.
When the need arises, it is good to know that there is one place in Vienna that really can accommodate sophisticated bottoms. The Opera Toilet, which is at the subways station just by the Opera House plays Wienerwaltz music non stop. Really, non-stop… when you walk past even really late at night after a night out, it’s still going strong.. this still cracks me up. I think it’s only the tourists that go there, unless you’re really desperate… and have to. It’ll cost you 70 Eurocents. But hey.. the music is pretty ok! 😀 I found this youtube video which gives you a brief listen to the music. magical!
The first snow has arrived! Ok, it’s not thick and white wonderful snow, but your average first snow which is a thin layer that kids make the most of. Like here, where someone has made two snowmen in front of the church up at Kahlenberg. It’s pretty awesome though, not long now and it’ll be Christmas!! Wheeeeee! 🙂
I was impressed with these the first time I saw them, but now I know that they’re really common. Seems almost every second bar has them, and then they come in whatever beer type that the bar is selling. I still find them absolutely adorable, and like beacons of light in darkness (sometimes quite literally). This is my favourite economy beer in Austria. It’s from Styria. 🙂
Cute bike I saw at Heiligenstadt. I’m quite sad that the bicycle season is coming to an end… I’ve been sick the last three weeks, so have missed the very end of it. Now they’re already promising snow for tomorrow, so let’s see!
Ok… this is also a bit juvenile.. this is from my Vienna album, and every time I see these in the shop I have to do a small maturity check. The initial hilarity of it has definitely worn off by now, but in principle I’m still happy to be able to go to the supermarket and get cheese that’s ‘extra dick.’ I can inform you that the cheese itself is not really worth the moeney… unless you really need cheese that will last for years, and don’t mind the taste. I usually get a pack of these individually wrapped extra thick (that’s what it means, if you were wondering) slices when going to music festivals during summer. They’re ideal for that. 🙂