Interrail Day 3: "This means nothing to me - Oh, Vienna"


Second day in Vienna and we were more ready than the day before to go explore the city, fresh after a good nights sleep. 

We ended up at Schwedenplatz to begin with (I’m guessing there is a Swedish connection here). From there we walked up to the magnificent cathedral Stephansdom. We went inside the cathedral and lit a candle for grandma and granddad and spent a while admiring the architecture.  

Outside you had to watch out so that you didn’t get run over by horse drawn carriages. Also you had to watch out for people dressed as Mozart that were trying to get you to buy tickets to a concert in the evening when they were going to play Mozart. I started to say that I hated Mozart and that a 42 € classical music concert was not included in my travel budget. 

The next couple of hours we spent just strolling around and admiring the buildings, we went to the Spanish Riding School, but in July it was not open to the public to view the training so we could not go in and see the horses. We thought about going to a museum but the weather was like crazy hot so it felt weird going inside and looking at Viennese Art Nouveau, especially when your knowledge and interest in Viennese Art Nouveau is very limited.  

Ah well, instead we looked up parks and found an area outside the city called Am Himmel that you could reach by bus. It’s located on a hill, some kind of nature reserve. It was really nice up there, some freaking loud grasshoppers though. We also found Jesus hanging on a cross in the middle of nowhere and some idiot in a yellow car tried to run us over. 

It was really nice to spend some time in NATURE, 30 degree heat in a city is just not for me and we are country girls after all. In the late afternoon we headed back into town though to pay a visit to a cafe (Prückl) recommended by our host. We were yet to try the famous APELSTRUDEL so we thought it was about time to do that. Ordered one each. Turns out Martina fucking hates apelstrudel, she couldn’t finish it - so I got to eat hers too!! OMG DOUBLE APELSTRUDEL FOR ME I AINT COMPLAINING HELL NO. 

Post apelstrudel we went to Donauisel and had a little swim in the river again, super nice after a sweaty day, then quick stop at home and then out on the town again to have ice cream SO FAKIN DELISH I CANT even (place was called GARDA - drop everything and go there) then we had beers at a place called If Dogs Run Free. Austrian beer was better than German beer. Just before heading back home from Karlsplatz we got some accidental sightseeing - the opera we had been looking for all day was just there! 

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Interrail Day 2: Vienna


On the morning of the 4th of July Martina and I arrived in Vienna after an uncomfortable night on the train from Hamburg. The only nice thing about the whole experience was seeing the sunrise from a train window. It was rather spectacular, I’ll have you know. 

As soon as we touched down in Vienna we then set out to find our airbnb we had booked for two nights, we made the stupid decision of walking there. It was very far and very so we had to stop for Iced coffee and tea on the way. 

Our host Birgit welcomed us and showed us around, gave us some tips on what to do while in the city. After having discussed with her we decided that the best thing to do was to go to the nearby Scönbrunn Palace. I think the Habsburg family used to reside there. We were happy about the fact that it was free to walk in the nice gardens surrounding the palace and we spent a good few hours there doing that. There was some interesting things to observe like an obelisk fountain and some weird statues. 

It was so hot this day, like I CAN’T DEAL WITH HEAT THIS HOT. So i felt a bit dizzy, the heat, not enough coffee, not enough sleep - dangerous cocktail, there was only one thing to do: coffee break. This happened in the beautiful ”Gloriette” on top of the hill. Not a shabby location. I can tell you that the Viennese are very serious about their coffee and cafés, and the coffee almost always comes served on a silver tray with a glass of water on the side and possibly also with a complimentary biscuit and people spend HOURS just chilling the grand cafés.

 After having visited Schönbrunn we travelled on the metro to the centre of the city, we got off at Karlsplatz and went to nearby market ”Naschmarkt”  to have lunch. There were so many places selling falafel, so we thought we’d better get falafel then! It was good but Martina accidentally ate some of her own plastic fork. She is still alive. We also bought fruits, vegetables and some other snacks there.

 Our host had told us that it is really nice to go for a swim in the Danube when the weather is hot, and since it was very hot indeed and i desperately needed to cool down my brain we travelled to a station located on the river after we were done at the market. I jumped in the water and went for a little swim, it was SO NICE. The water wasn’t very clear and I wouldn’t have gone for a longer swim there, but it was very warm and so nice to cool down!! So many people swimming and chilling by the river as well, lovely, that is not exactly happening on the Thames, if you go swimming there you’d probably die...  

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Interrail Day 1: Lund - København - Hamburg

I am very aware of the fact that I'm not done blogging about Spain, Japan or my several trips to the UK this year... Now I'm starting yet another chapter: "THE MOTHERFLIPPIN INTERRAIL CRUSADE THROUGH EUROPE WITH MARTINA THE MENACE"
First train departed from Lund 11.01 on Sunday the 3rd of July. We had a quick pitstop at Lund Cathedral where one of my other cousin's had his confirmation. I just sad hi, then we took off. 
We arrived in darling København, I've been there twice in the last year and it has estblished itself as my favourite scandi capital, without me ever having been to Oslo or Helsinki. I think it would beat both anyway.  We only had time for a quick lunch outside the station then at 13.37 we boarded the train to Hamburg! 
A trainride to Hamburg also consists of a ferryride betwen Rødby and Puttgarden, Martina was astonished as the train drove onto the boat ("we are on a train on a boat!!") 
After having having enjoyed our sunny ferryride across it was another couple of hours on the train before having almsost 3 h to spend in Hamburg. We went out on the streets of Hamburg very hopeful. Unfortunately we ended up in some kind of erotic quater, it was well dodgy. We settled down at a gaybar after awhile were we had a massive pint of very cheap weiss beer, it was not that enjoyable - 2/5. We also had some snacks in a sunny park and then headed back for the grand HAUPTBAHNHOF. That is a funny word. 
We boarded the night train for Vienna 45 min after its scheduled departure time (20.52). These were 45 very long minutes for Martina, she needed the toilet so badly, she was just about to SOIL HERSLEF as the train showed up. Lucky, otherwise we would have had very bad start to the trip! 
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