Today it’s raining, so here is a picture from yesterday 🙂
My old neighbourhood. Far in the back is the mall at Wien Mitte.
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.
This house on Favoritenstrasse was comissioned by the Zentralsparkasse (a bank) in the middle to late 1970s, for their use as a bank and also as a community centre. The house was designed by Günther Domenig, and he considered this as his final work of art. The house seems to be wedget too tightly between the buildings next to it, and many details were not planned but were put in on the spot, as they were building the house (Source: Wikipedia)
I like it, it’s a cool edition to the feel of Favoritenstrasse. You can find it between Keplerplatz and Reumannplatz on the U1.
Wiedner Hauptstrasse is one of those places which can just amaze you if you’ve lived in Vienna long enough to think that you’ve got the full grasp of it without ever venturing down that street before. It took me 3.5 years here to finally come across it, and now every time walk down a part of it as I now live close, I find myself wondering when I’ll ‘figure it out.’ It seems to be a place that needs to be figured out. It’s full of shops, and several trams go along it, even important ones, and still I never came across it before… so strange! I think it’s just a case of having to get used to it being there.
I like the atmosphere on it. Even though it is unfamiliar to me.
Today is the first anniversary of my blog! One year ago I posted my very first post. I promised myself I’d keep going for at least one year, which technically speaking means I’ve made it. But, Now I’m really attached to it, so I’m going to keep going. Initially the goal of this blog was to connect with Vienna, as I was always criticising it for not being Wellington. Poor Vienna… what an unfair judgement I had passed on it! Still there are thousands of photos that could be posted. And there are so many wonderful restaurants yet to be visited, places and sights to see, churches to behold, events to attend, wonderful people I have yet to meet, and a whole new chapter of my life just waiting around the bend in the road. So yes, it has worked. I ❤ Vienna.
By now my blog is also starting to be the archive that I wanted it to be… it's possible to search for things – and find things – that you want to know about Vienna. Hurrah!
So today I have a scary clown for you. I think (or at least for me) it is supposed to be IT, from the Stephen King book/movie. And it has been there for the whole time that I have lived in Vienna, almost amazingly never tagged over. For us who live here it is a familiar sight, one which I see on averge twice a day when I'm on the U4 or cycling past it on the canal.
I don’t have much confidence when it comes to black and whites, but after some kind comments from Lois on my facebook page I decided to feature this one today. I took it on a whim to send to my friend Annika in New Zealand. 🙂 It’s just an Instagram photo… but it did turn out nice, albeit far from ‘proper camera quality.’
Scene from Stadtpark. A small example of the cute-looking streets here in Vienna. 🙂 If you wonder how I’m going in Asia, visit my Instagram profile! 🙂
the Vienna street car museum is located in the third district. Incidentally right next to a really nice heurigen in the city.. that I still haven’t been to! Actually haven’t been to either of them… I’d better get onto it!