The first hot days of the summer are slowly coming to an end. I am quite happy to stay in the high 20s rather than 30 degrees and above!
This one tells me to get out of bed most mornings. It’s always ringing at 7am, so I know if I’m not out of bed by then, I really have to get out. Sometimes though, it tells me that it’s time to go to work. If I’m already up and eating breakfast and ready, then I have to go when it rings in order to catch the bus to Kahlenberg.
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.
Seems that what is most important to Anarchists is to smear public spaces with their symbols and junk, like here where they’ve thrown paint all over Karlskirche. I kind of find it ironic that they argue that society would work without a structure of governance, but then they show again and again with their actions that we really need the police and government. I hope the bastards that did this got caught. It’s just so unnecessary. This just goes on a long list of city-life that I’m struggling with these days… People in cities can be so cold-hearted and inconsiderate, because they’re just one in the crowd. Maybe I’m getting old..
Kirche am Steinhof, also called the Church of St. Leopold, is the Roman Catholic oratory of the Steinhof Psychiatric Hospital. The building designed by Otto Wagner is considered one of the most important Art Nouveau churches in the world. I found this today after I had been on an errand far out in the 14th district. It’s truly one of the prettiest churches I’ve ever seen… unfortunately it’s only open on Saturday and Sunday between 15:00 and 17:00, and I missed that as I was way early. According to Wikpedia, The church, situated 310 metres (1,020 ft) above sea level, dominates and forms part of the Steinhof Psychiatric Hospital; previous official title was Niederösterreichische Landes-Heil- und Pflegeanstalt für Nerven- und Geisteskranke ‘Am Steinhof’ (Lower Austrian State Healing and Care Institution for the Neurologically and Mentally Sick, ‘Am Steinhof’). It is located on a hillside (the Baumgartnerhöhe) below the Galitzinberg in the 14th Vienna district, Penzing. The magnificent windows at the sides of the Kirche am Steinhof portray seven saints (named underneath each frame) fulfilling Christ’s commands both temporal (feed the hungry, clothe the naked, etc.) and spiritual; with above them a pair of flying angels and a quotation from the Beatitudes. The windows were made by Koloman Moser.