Breclav – Vienna – Budapest (Days 36 – 38)
Day 36 (9/5/2010):
Petra, Milan, and Paula awesomely dropped us off at the train station in Breclav and waved us goodbye as we left. That was incredible!
We reached Vienna in about 2 hours and immediately went looking for our new hosts. Our hosts lived on the top floor of their building. There was access to the roof, which included an amazing 360-degree view of beautiful Vienna.
I think both Wagner and I were a little tired after partying with the Petra, Milan, and family that we wanted to rest. Wagner took a nap and I worked out a little bit.
Wagner was a bit tired, so we left him at home to recuperate and the hosts, Angela and Moe took me to a Viennese restaurant. I ate the classic schnitzel, which is veal that is flattened and fried. Amazing! We drank sturm; the best way to explain it is that it is wine that is not ready to be drunk as wine. After being full off the main course, we shared a desert in which I can call it a chocolate lava cake.
I was full, I mean really full. The hosts took me on an awesome night tour of Vienna in order to digest everything we ate. We stopped by at an art gallery turned into a night flea market, which included a DJ playing house music, a bar, and people selling everything from VHSs of Police Academy, old school WWF characters and supposedly the oil spill water from the Gulf of Mexico. After the flea market, we ventured out to center city where we passed the Opera House, which people can sit outside and watch the opera live, to the Hapsburg palace, the Parliament, and a multitude of Cathedrals.
We ended the night by taking the tram, which passed the Volkstheater while chatting up about everything from the colors of handkerchief not to wear at a gay bar to the history of Austria.
I later heard that Wagner hung out with Ralph that night.
Day 37 (9/6/2010):
We woke up semi early to head to Maria Theresa’s famous palace, the Schloss Schonbrunn. Although, we did not go into the palace, we walked around the very impressive garden, which included a maze/labyrinth and a multitude of statues.
Afterwards, we came back to meet up with Moe for lunch. On the way down the steps, I slipped on the steps and did a pre-break dancing move but I was able to catch myself on the sides instead of slipping all the way down.
Moe took us on a marathon tour, giving us an amazing historical presentation on the magnificent capital of Austria. He took us somewhere I would never voluntarily go to, the city court. After an extensive search by the guards, we went to the upper floor, which had an amazing view of the city. Afterwards, we managed our way through the city and went to the mighty Danube. I thought the tour was going to end there (at this point, the slight slip at the steps started to significantly affect me), however we went to the ground zero of the new train station the city was building.
The day ended with us buying what we thought was chicken but ended up being turkey. Well, either way we cooked it. Angela made us the national Austria desert…amazing!!!
Day 38 (9/7/2010):
Getting into an ‘Eastern’ European country after a ‘Western’ European country has always been a strange transition. There are many differences between these countries, although I happen to like the ‘Eastern’ countries a little more. I guess it’s a little more different than the ‘Western’ countries and the USA.
As usual, it was raining when we reached Budapest. The most memorable impact I had when we got off the train station was that there were so many people that came up to us to ask us if we needed/wanted a place to stay. There were at least 6 parties that came up and asked us this.
After spending sometime trying to figure out the usual (ATM, food, phone, food, water, food, food), we met up with our couchsurfer, who took us to a nice restaurant. I ordered the famous Hungarian Fish Soup, which consisted a piece of nice fish filet with a tomato-based soup. On a cold, rainy night that was the perfect supplement to my evening.
We played a couple of rounds of Rock Band, which I have to admit, our host, Daniel, is probably the best drummer I have met.