Archive for February, 2009

four great days in Vienna (part 2)

part two of my report on our trip to Vienna, 9th – 12th Feb.

Link: part one of the report

Wednesday, 11th Feb.

Wednesday was shopping day and therefore we decided to drive to the SCS, which is the biggest shopping center of the country. The day started with rain – changing into snow soon – when we drove down to Vösendorf. To take it short, we stayed in the SCS the whole day .. running around like mad, visiting many shops .. looking for cloths and other stuff and having some delicious meal at a mexican/spanish restaurant where we ate some „monster tortillas“, that filled our stomachs. (the menu of Casa Pueblo >> link). We went home around 5.15PM and parked our car some minutes past 6PM in Werner’s street again. When we came close, I was called on my mobile – Werner asked for our appointment we talked about on Tuesday. We wanted to visit the Montesino with him and some other friends. So we fixed to meet around 8.30 to 9PM. Daniel, Bianca and I took the underground to Gasometer and entered the card room approx. at 9PM. Werner already stood at the bar, having some drink and there was a tournament in play too. We watched that one and some five cash tables that were open and offered a lot of action. To hold it short again, Werner and I joined the cash game at one table, but both weren’t very lucky that evening – so no big win for us and a good cause to leave the place before midnight. Down to the subway again, riding home and have some cacao at our flat. By the way, the whole “bath” was situated in the kitchen, so we had the shower etc. next to the fridge and cooking area 🙂 .. we found that very funny, cause it was something new to us, but no problem.

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We had a lot of talk about several things fort he next two hours so it was around 2AM when we switched of light. To be honest, that day wasn’t perfect – the shopping mall was not my thing – I like Maria Hilfer Street much more and SCS isn’t so interesting at all.

Thursday, 12th Feb.

This time we slept a bit longer and started our trip to the city center around 10.30AM. I decided to take some more photos this day, as we all missed the days before.

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how to look *great* in the morning

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Bianca already looking better than us

So first of all, when we smelled fresh air leaving the subway station at the MQ (Museumsquartier), we did some shooting in front of posters and walls – just some crazy posing and having fun 😀

following two show our *smiling happy ones* 😉 ..

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.. and Bianca and me posing for Daniel taking the photo

We then walked up the whole Maria Hilfer Street and entered a lot of shops. I don’t remember how many stores we were in and how much clothes we tried on or looked for other stuff – but I think it were more than 20 or 30. In the end we got a lot of cool stuff like some shirts, jeans, card games, mugs, accessories etc. – we were pleased with it. At 4PM we went into KFC on the upper end of the street, was the first time for all of us to eat there. Had some quick lunch and then walked back to MQ. On our way, some shopping again – another stop at Starbucks to have a coffee and cookies. Took the underground back to our crib.

random shots from that day on Maria Hilfer Street

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again the “who looks more weird” contest 😉

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after lunch at KFC

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the typical window shopper bargain hunter 😀

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We packed our bags, brought everything into an order and prepared our meal for the evening. Daniel and I jumped into the subway once again and went to our car. Thanks to terrible viennese evening traffic in the city center, it lasted about an hour to come back to the flat by car again. We parked it, got our luggage in and in the meantime Bianca already started cooking.

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Quickly made it ready, enjoyed the meal, relaxed some minutes and then left the place and entered the car for our way home, which was approx. 8.30PM. Navigation system helped once again – made us find a good way out of the city – and so we got to the highway.

We arrived in Klagenfurt at 0.10AM and I after some hugs and a short good bye ceremony with Daniel and Bianca, I took my bags and entered my flat. I quickly unpacked most of my things and then went to bed to have some sleep. So this was Vienna, February 2009.

Last but not least …

Song of the week: Guru Josh Project – Infinity 2008
(thanks to Krone Hitradio who played it some hundred times when we were in the car)

Drink & meal of the week: elder soda & italian pasta

Highlights of the week: The Producers in the Ronacher, finding a 30D and Thursday which was the best shopping day.

Disappointment of the week: Not taking so many photos on the first three days and most time only having the little Lumix with us – using the 30D and 350D mostly inside – therefore not so much stuff to show, just documentary pieces

four great days in Vienna

Link: part two of the report

part one of my report on our trip to Vienna, 9th – 12th Feb.

So this is my story on last week, when I headed to Vienna with my very good friends Daniel and Bianca. We made these plans some month ago, so we were able to start right with the beginning of our holidays. We said that it will be a shopping trip most of the time, but with some cultural stuff between. I will do the whole thing in two parts as it got very long while writing and with the pictures it’s even longer.

Monday, 9th Feb.

Left Klagenfurt at 10AM and went directly to Vienna. We drove past Graz and Wiener Neustadt and finally arrived in Vienna around 2PM, mostly because of some traffic jam problems on the Viennese city freeway.

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our driver, Daniel (taken by Bianca)

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on our way to Vienna

After some driving through the city center we finally made it to our flat. Got it from a good friend of mine and his girl, who were in Klagenfurt that week – so we had a place to stay without huge costs, great! We first checked the rooms and brought our luggage in. Afterwards we parked our car nearby – but as we noticed in the evening, we had to change cause of short-time parking zones there (did this the next morning and parked the car next to Werner’s flat, where I knew it will be save).

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some part of the living room

So after all this acclimation we bought tickets fort he public transport and went to the city center. On our way we came across Maria Theresia Street where a friend of Bianca has her flat with two other girls – so we rang the bell and said hello. They were quite surprised about our visit by accident. We then went for some shopping – wanted to cook some italian food and needed something for breakfast the next days. Went home, made a delicious pasta with meat, tomatoes, capsicum, spices etc. – relaxed a bit and then dressed up for the evening. Went to the musical „The Producers“ with a friend of Daniel and another guy. Musical was great, just funny and crazy – we all really enjoyed that evening at the Ronacher theater. We came home around midnight and called it a day.

Tuesday, 10th Feb.

Next morning as already mentioned, first of all >> re-parking action with Daniel. We got up very early and left Bianca at the flat. Thanks to our navigation system it only lasted one hour to get to the right street and near Werner’s place. 😀

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Went back to the flat by underground – have I already mentioned that I love the faces of tube passengers in early morning hours 😉 – Bianca was already up and we all had breakfast. When we left the house it was foggy and cold, as the day before when we had a strong wind outside. Again underground – went to the Lugner City Shopping Center to start our shopping tour. When we left the underground station it was raining. We suddenly felt like under the shower. Rest of the day was mostly walking around in the rain, visiting the poker shop to buy some stuff for myself and for friends, walking down Maria Hilfer Street and have a look into several shops. At the start of the walk we went to Foto Sobotka to meet Werner and also have a look at some stuff.

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Werner with his stylish new glasses

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me looking weird in the store (taken by Bianca)

I wanted to buy a Canon 35mm f2.0 lens, which he already knew. Tried the lens, talked a bit and asked if there’s something like a 30D or 40D in the „used stuff“ area, as I was looking for something like this (as you know I already own the 350D since 2005). Thanks to Lady Fortune .. some 10 minutes later I was the new owner of a Canon 30D J. My luck was that there was one piece in the shop window, priced really good and just looking like new, .. no scratches or anything, think the pre-owner used it as an exhibit or as backup body – so I couldn’t resist and it just took some moments to say „yes“ and get it. So in the end, I walked out the shop, some hundred bucks worse off .. but totally happy.

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my new toys, nice combo 🙂

Only thing still getting on my nerves: the rain! The whole day .. rain, snow, storm … this was horrible. We got wet and it didn’t stop. Later on in early afternoon we were joined by my very good friend Thomas, who came from directly from university to have some lunch with us. We met on Maria Hilfer street and took the tube to Stephansplatz, went to some mexican restaurant, which was actually closed before 5PM – so we had to make new plans. As rain was nasty we just took the restaurant (Bettelstudent) on the opposite corner and enjoyed some dry moments in there.

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at the restaurant, Bianca (already taken with 30D & 35mm f2.0)

Afterwards we said bye to Thomas and went home by tram. We then dried our cloths and relaxed for some time. During that moments at home we had a lot of fun and made a lot of pics, playing around with my 30D and 350D.

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my couch, bed and storage for the whole four days

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*smile*

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*don’t destroy my hairdo* 😉

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both shots above taken by Bianca

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really nice couple, aren’t they?

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can’t remember when i took that one, hm

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At 7PM we met with Kiri and Stefan at Lugner City and took some cocktails at a cocktail bar called Santos. One hour later we sat down in some luxury reclining chairs of the cinema located in the same place. We were joined by another friend of Daniel, but Kiri and Stefan already knew the movie so they didn’t come with us. We watched „The curious case of Benjamin Button“, which is a really great movie and I hope it will get the Oscar for best motion picture this year. Long movie of course .. lasting 3 hours in total, but it was worth sitting lying there. This time it was dry when we left the cinema – took the underground home and went to bed around midnight again.

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me goin down to the subway (taken by Daniel)

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Bianca and Daniel waiting for the subway
(it was damn cold that evening)

.. to be continued on part two

here we go again

So this is sunday evening and I’m counting the hours until we leave the city and head straight to Vienna. To be exact, we will start around 9.30AM tomorrow and hopefully arrive in Vienna some 4 hours later (route planner says 3h 20min, so this should even be possible with a break). My bags are packed and ready and I can’t wait to see Vienna again – I just like that city.

We gonna stay until thursday afternoon or friday morning (friday is more likely) and most of our time we will go shopping, have fun with friends, go to cinema and some musical/comedy cabaret and go out on evenings. I will have a look for some new photo gear and stuff from the poker shop (also for some friends who asked for it) and some stuff like shirts, pants etc. .. so this will be fun I think. Daniel and Bianca are looking forward to it too .. so I may keep you informed on what goes on in Vienna – but it’s more likely I won’t have internet. (let’s have a look for an open wlan spot *g*) Anyways .. have two cams with me and should take some photos to report later, .. so stay tuned until next weekend when I will post some travel report here.

For now, .. have a nice week!

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just a short one

Actually I’m not so motivated to write an entry, but I try to give you some impressions from my weekend and what comes next.

Last time I told you of some actions to come, .. so I had a nice evening with my buddies who came to town last week, enjoyed a good week at university and did some lessons with my students, to improve their skills in driving. In total the week was very standard. To be honest i focused on finishing that paper I handed in on thursday and start with the upcoming papers right after. Most of my courses are finished now .. semester is nearly over – just need to do some little exams this week and some remaining in the end of february and later on in march and finish all the three papers until the end of february (set that date by myself to get them ready before summer semester starts).

Some days ago I fixed some things for our Vienna trip .. so facing the last exams of the actual semester, I’m now getting into a little holiday and travel mood. Got the flat of some friends of mine .. so we have a free place to stay, sleep, refresh and store our stuff … that’s great and reduces costs for such a trip. Most of the time we will go shopping and relax when meeting friends and goin to some places (maybe also gonna do some little culture part, we will see). So far we decided to depart on tuesday, but we might already leave city on monday, … also depends on the weather and time – will be back on friday 13th, that’s for sure. By the way, weather is goin crazy … snow, snow and snow again. I don’t like it, .. looks like winter fools us until we love him 😀 .. but i prefer summer and that snow should melt quickly now. Yesterday I was invited for some evening with friends, playing card games and having fun. Stayed there for many hours and when I came outside, my car was white from all the snow falling in between – really too nice as I just went there in dry conditions 😀 haha.

I’m thinking about a photo review on the last 3 or 4 years, making my blog a photo blog again – at the moment it’s more like a report or journal, .. got inspired by Charlotte and her new blog location, where she started with a summary of her work on the old blog. Also reading a lot in other blogs, like Sev’s or Chris’s, these days .. ok I do that very often, not only now, but I really try to get some ideas to “pimp” my blog … just need to do more photography in future again … will start that plan in Vienna next week – so be prepared for a “travel report photo story” 😉