Trying to manage the flow, I suppose. The refugees still keep to the areas around the train stations. A friend of mine says it’s because they are afraid of being arrested. She travels on trains a fair bit and was able to shed light on the situation from their point of view, which I found interesting.
The situation is so far not improving.
I saw this on my way up Favoritenstraße the other day. Kind of thought they should have looked at it from all angles before deciding to leave it as is…. But at least it’s entertaining. 😀
I guess they have to reshoot the scene? Anyway, they’re back! Anyone going celebrity stalking on Wednesday? 😀
The signs telling people not to cross the tracks really remind me of WW2 or some sad and authoritarian society, I think just because of the style. Heavy concrete, dark orderly letters, dirt… Also the fact that it’s VERBOTEN (forbidden). O_O
So, I’ve documented some of these guys around the place. Considering how they are perceived, I’m surprised how frequently they are used in logos here in Austria… Onve again we are on Vollzeile in the 1st district.
I wonder if it’s allowed to charge companies with littering when they ignore the “no unaddressed mail please” signs. I’ve often thought about spamming them in return. Filling their inbox with thousands of messages just saying “no unaddressed mail please”…
This shop name cracks me up. Cheap and good. Bug for short. With an EU logo. I haven’t been inside one of these yet… The name just doesn’t evoke trust.
These boxes. I don’t get them. There is no button to push, they seemingly don’t do anything at all for you if you want to cross. They’re just there….. perhaps they’re just wire boxes. But the hand confuses me.
I thought this little fella riding the pig is very cute. He can be found in the 4th on Favoritenstrasse. 🙂
Austria is just shocking when it comes to using the female body to advertise for stuff. I have almost got used to it, but this one made my eyebrows shoot upwards. Is this ok? To objectify women like this… I would NOT want to go to any sauna where I could meet guys who go there because of this ad. Just f+++ing gross!
Ok, so this is a brothel. Ugh. I still don’t know if I agree with having this billboard shoving women’s bums in people’s faces as they are on the tram.
She is everywhere! Singing in front of the EU parliament, on tv, on the radio, even on our bus shelters! Good on her/him. 🙂
I had no idea that there is a whole world out there of people who create stickers, have them printed t, and then go out sticking their stickers about the place. It fascinates me. I still know extremely little about this world, but one of my friends made on couch surfing this summer briefly introduced me to this somewhat obscure (to me) group of people. Now I notice stickers tto a greater extent, I guess, even if I’m not much wiser.
I’d love to go into this shop. It’s always closed though whenever I pass it. It’s in the 8th, which is a district I don’t often go to.
These last five weeks have been pretty hard. My other half’s mum was diagnosed with lung cancer, and perished in front of our eyes, on Skype. It’s been awful to behold, and yet I’ve of course had to be the strong one. My partner went home to see her off, and I’ve been in Norway trying to do what I could, being supportive over Skype, trying to be encouraging and sending many texts.
Part of me is thinking really selfishly ‘but I’ve lost her too!’ – but have I? I never had the pleasure of meeting her in the flesh. I never will now. I love my partner, and I’m sure that much of what I’m feeling is empathy.. but I’m also grieving, for her future grandchildren who won’t meet her, family events where she will be missed… we now move on with our lives, but there’s one person missing in it forever.
And I live in Austria… a country where people seem to be totally unaware that smoking causes cancer. Smoking is allowed just about anywhere. Most of my friends smoke. Since she died, I feel scared. And I don’t know what to do about it.
I used to live close to Viper room. I love the building it’s in, it’s super cozy looking 🙂
I wonder how they get these numbers. Is there a thing that counts cyclists as they ride past the sign? Hmm. Well, in any case looking forward to riding to work tomorrow. Biiiicycle! Biiiicycle!
This used to be Floriditas, but it recently changed its name and logo. It’s just off Kärntnerstrasse in the first district. I’ve never been in, but I have friends who love it and make their way there every week. Seems a decent place to shake loose 😉
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.
Just a house front I liked 🙂
Prater has some rather weird things in it. Like this lazer-dome.
I also came across this last time I was there:
Like, what is this?!
Clearly it’s time to go home.
I could take this as proof that I live in a house of retards. And at the same time a little voice is telling me that I should just join them… if I have to pay for their rubbish, it might just be better to join the stupidity, so that I’m not paying for nothing, right? Tricky situation.
My friend showed me that the street lights at Schwedenplatz look like they have a Grim Reaper in them. Kinda cool! And it would be the right district for him to hang out in… lol
Wienerlinien has put up these displays which can tell you where to go, which trams/trains/subways to take etc… they’re really helpful! And, they do voice, text and sign language. I was impressed.
This was parked on the side of a street close to Theresianum a week or two ago. I was quietly wondering to myself why anyone would actually set fire to someone else’s bike. That’s quite mean.
I cracked up so much over this. Childish I know but so much win 😀
What is this?
We fount it at Caritas, and decided to buy it because it looked cool. But we have no idea what it is! My bet is on a ham-stand. The people at Carlaladen thought it might be a thing to put a hot plate on, or a bottle-holder. But what is it? why can the height of the little holder on the handle thingy be moved up and down?
I’m hoping for some answers!
I’ve been very busy with my phd for the last four days, and have therefore neglected my blog. Sorry fellas! I’ll get back to it tomorrow, pronto!!
today was the day of the 4th annual RadparRADe around the Ring in Vienna, held at the weekend of the Bike festival in front of Rathaus. This was however my first time participating. I took a fair few photos of fun cycles, so today is a bit of a picture special… 😉
My bike, pimped out with a MU flag, and the free flowers we got to put on our handlebars.
A rather tall ride.
Someone advertising for Critical Mass
The back of the Critical Mass cycle
Another funky advertising cycle
Even a dragon!!
And someone making a point, with penguins and a barbecue basket. 🙂
It reads: different faces, but the same hatred. Strache is the leader of the mainstream far right party in Austria, which happens to have more than a quarter of the votes in Vienna. The other guy I’d rather not introduce, as his ego feeds off media coverage…
Well, I’m not sure if this would be a good group of people to put together in a room at the moment. Maybe? In any case this farmer is proud to have had all of them visit Grinzing at some point. But not at the same time. Maybe we’d have had world peace by now if that were the case??