Lessons Learned in Europe

16 01 2007

For those of you considering an extended jaunt in Europe, or the merely curious, I’ve been pulling together a list of lessons learned from my journey. I wanted to travel light (to enable flexibility and mobility) and see a lot of places in the few weeks I was there. However, I didn’t want to move around so much that my memories would be of travel rather than new places, people and cultures. As it was, I chopped a couple places off my itinerary and still felt I moved around too much. Overall, I had a wonderful experience and can’t wait to do it again – better. Here’s a general idea of how I’d make it better.
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Bratislava Pictures

11 11 2006

Bratislava picture set now up.



Bratislava

10 11 2006

After some inner debate, I decided to take a day trip from Vienna into Bratislava, Slovakia. It would be my first time behind the old “iron curtain,” and I was excited. I took a mid-day train out of Vienna and as we went along I decided to try to snap a few photos out the train window. It’s basically impossible to shoot a decent photograph through a train window because of the interior reflections, but this train had upper windows that slid down. Since there was no one near me who would be bothered by it, I slid the window down and began gawking out and snapped a couple of shots.
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Vienna Ventures

9 11 2006

Over the last couple of days I’ve done a lot of walking around Vienna. I visited the Kunsthistoriches Museum, MUMOK, Albertina and KunstHaus Wein. Toured Hofburg and, among other things, learned how neat Empress SiSi was (we’ll talk about her coked-out, obsessive ass later.) Vienna is neat – real culture, an interesting place historically, plenty of things to see and do. The people are friendly, if a bit formal. I’m enjoying my time here, but am eager to move east. On that note, I am considering a day trip to Bratislava, Slovakia tomorrow, which would be my first time behind the old “iron curtain.”