This weekend the left wing parties, the KPÖ in the lead organises a big party with music and food and games in Prater. Jesuitenwiese is full of tents, stages, and wonderful smells of various international foods. 🙂
Worth a visit.
Cycle ways are actually quite good in Vienna. And as the city is relatively flat, it’s also an ideal way of getting around which doesn’t take much time compared to the subway and other public transport. I see many that can’t be bothered wearing a helmet in traffic though, which always makes me wonder whether people care at all about what’s inside their skulls. Even companies don’t seem to care here. In Norway everyone cycling for a courier service would most definitely wear helmets… And in NZ it is illegal to cycle without a helmet.
Lately the weather has been quite shifty. Today it is really beautiful though, with cotton clouds and nice sunshine. 🙂 Perfect cycle weather.
Today I’m being a student at WU, actually sitting up here in the gravity-defying building where there is a nice study area. The view is quite impressive, with the massive Prater park in front of me, and the siluette of the city in the background. I’m surprised at how many students are here already… courses only start in five weeks, and still it is reasonably full.
Thanks for this update Beatrice!
We left Bamberg yesterday, and today I am back at work already. So, here is the very last thing from Bamberg. I have noticed that many visitors really react to the fact that there is a lot of images and phrases that are quite… racially un-pc around the place both in Austria and Germany. Even Bamberg has a ‘negro-house’ which really sent my eyebrows to the roof. In case you are wondering why, here’s a small explanation:
Mohr is usually not used in an ‘innocent’ way. But the continued use (for example in the dessert ‘Mohr in Hemd’ in Austria which means ‘black man in shirt’, as it is chocolate pudding with cream) makes me think of one thing: Is racism decided by the way in which the words are meant when uttered, or by those who are affected and/or offended by them? Surely, if they are disturbing to some groups in society, the insistence on the continued use of these terms and images by those who refuse to let them go is bordering on racism, perhaps also quite blatant displays thereof?
Just a small shot from Alte Donau, where people go swimming and also rent those paddle boats that you see in the back of the shot. Alte Donau is the part of the river that’s closed off, and the water there tends to be warmer than in the main river. There are also many artificial beaches along the old river bend, most you have to pay to enter, but Arbeiterstrandbad is free. 🙂
The next stop on the journey is Bamberg. It’s close-ish to Nürnberg, and is a very charming old city. Currently there is a festival on, a Kirtag of sorts.
There are several hills in the city, as well as a river that runs straight through it.
The old city hall is on an island in the middle of the river. Seems the place has a ridiculously rich history, but I’m here for only a few days so I doubt I’ll cover all of it.
This is the home of the famous smoked beer. I can’t quite describe the taste… it literally tastes like smoked beer!
And there are many cool door knockers in Bamberg. It’s my new obsession….
Today we got to witness the ritual, as we happened to be in the right place at the right time!
The friends and family prepared a cart for the student, and pulled her through the city to the well.
She climbed up on the fountain
Placed flowers in her basket
And kissed her cheek!
You could tell she was very stoked to have finished her degree. Couldn’t help but feel a bit touched watching this. 🙂
Hurrah! I’m on my way to Germany for a bit of holiday bliss. I’ve programmed some archive photos for you guys from the last few weeks here in Vienna. I may try to put in some holiday photos from Germany too, but that depends on internet connection… could be that I’ll be without connection for a week. So be it!
Take care! See you in a week! 🙂
There is nothing much touristy about the 8th district. But I like it, probably most of all of the districts in Vienna. It’s got an amazing atmosphere, with a lot of nice places to eat and also some very cool shops. This is the Amtshaus (district office), which is a quite lovely building that is not on the tourist maps of Vienna. But then again, I think tourists want the extravaganza, the extremes of monuments and masterpieces, and may not be as attracted to this district which really only shows what Vienna is for the locals. Or am I wrong?
Hostel Ruthensteiner is one of those places that I can now truly recommend to visitors. I was there interviewing someone earlier in the week, and was really impressed by the friendly atmosphere, the backyard and the light and pleasant colours at the hostel. They also have bike hire (although citybikes are cheaper), free wifi, etc… and at a really ok price! If I have people coming through this is where I’ll send them. I just thought it was funny as I was walking down the parallel street to Aussere Mariahilferstrasse looking for the place.. and it dawned on me that yeah, it’s fairly easy to see where the hostel is located! 😀
On a sidenote… it also is a bit disappointing how people are tagging crosses over the original swastika all over the place, misinterpreting it as the Nazi symbol (see the scribbling on the wall). Come on peepz… it’s gotta be rotated 45 degrees!! Otherwise it’s actually just a fairly innocent symbol from Sanskrit, which has no connotation to Nazis other than the fact that they rotated it and stole that as their symbol. I saw the original swastika all over the place when I visited vietnam and cambodia, on ancient buildings, graveyards etc. And I’m pretty sure they’re not Nazis. End rant.
Phew…. the dude couldn’t just have had a little bit easier last name? No. Well, in any case, this is the place where Beethoven lived in Vienna between 1804 and 1815. And wrote a lot of really famous pieces. Some info from the official website tells us that he worked on his 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th symphonies, among others, and above all on his opera “Fidelio” while living here. And quite a few (copies) of his origninal first prints and notes are on display in his old apartment.
Besides numerous documents illustrating the life and work of Beethoven, there is the famous 1804/05 portrait of Beethoven by Willibrord Joseph Mähler and many personal items owned by the composer.
I thought it was interesting to have a look around. It cost me 4 Euro, and I got to walk in the footsteps of one of the greatest composers. Although, not much of his furniture and stuff was left there.. This was the most furnished room in the aparment:
So there you have it. 🙂