“Travels to a Different Time” : 23May1975: Vienna, Austria: I Curse the Rain

It was raining lightly when I awoke at 08:00. I cursed the rain all the more as I had to go out in it to collect my visa and hopefully my passport. Hopped on the 49 tram into town and picked up my visa and passport at the Hungarian Embassy. I wrote a letter and in my travel diary. I hit the side streets and ended up in the textile district where I made a big purchase of shoelaces. I bought some food before heading home on the 49. I went into a bakery for some bread, cheese and a pastry. I asked the elderly owner in German if she had bread and cheese and she responded with a volley of chatter most of which I didn’t understand! I had a feast upon my return in the dining room of the campsite. Well in Montreal I would hardly call my dinner a feast. I had a brief chat with some Australians and a Norwegian. At 7:30 I went to my tent and read by candlelight. I planned my route out of Vienna for Budapest. Auto-Stop here I come.

24May1975: Vienna, Austria: Out Drinking Beer with Carmen

Up and off to the store to buy some food. The stores close at noon on Saturday. Scrambled eggs for breakfast with bread. I then headed up the hill and then another path in the woods with a spectacular view of Vienna below. I just lay in the grass for awhile and took in the view. A good dinner and as I finished an American girl Carmen came up to me and asked if I wanted to buy some tram tickets as she had too many. I bought 5 from her and then we played some Frisbee. We were joined by a Yank and an Aussie. Carmen and I went out for a beer but it closed at 11 which is odd for a Saturday night. The next place had a Bavarian band with people whirling around dancing. It closed at midnight so we headed home and it began to rain. Shit!

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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