European Capital Hop: Vienna

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What I would guess is the belltower, St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Next up, we catch a train from Budapest to Vienna, our first foray into Western Europe and a bit of a sticker shock. Food, places to sleep, and things to do cost almost twice that of neighboring Hungary and there really aren’t many cheap options. Still, it’s part of travel, and we adapt to the circumstances: we adjust our budget to $80 USD daily for food and board for the two of us.

And the food…well, the desserts are absolutely lovely. The rest seems to be mostly fried meat/cheese/sausage and it’s not great, although with our limited funds we’re obviously not eating the highest-quality stuff. When we’re tired of fried things, the only other affordable thing is Doner, now ubiquitous as the cheap-and-fast choice in nearly all of Europe.

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The escalators down to the platforms at one of the train stations.
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A street in Vienna.
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Ah, Leibniz: co-inventor of calculus and the butt of Voltaire’s jokes.
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Equality pedestrian walk signs. Don’t worry, they had female/female and female/male ones too.
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Owl figures on the side of the Secession.
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An ancient tree near the cathedral, said to give good luck if you drove a nail into it. This worked out badly for the tree, which died a while ago and is kept in this glass tube.
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Mural on a building in the tourist area.
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A poster that translates roughly to “Don’t talk to the police.”
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Hanging gardens in an apartment courtyard.
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Mushroom foraging and idenfication books.
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An interesting building outside of the tourism zone.
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Vienna’s famous cow-and-wolf playing backgammon mural from the early 1500’s.

 

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No need for Google Translate–I think I got this one.

 

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St. Stephen’s Cathedral
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Tourists pause outside of a museum.
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Some architecture near the Museums Quartier (I think).
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Mmm, lunch: SPAR pasta and Mozartkugeln.

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