Travel day, Vienna and then West and South
Last night a buddy played he bagpipes on a white bread pedestrian boulevard and was well received be the audience including a number of dancers in Vienna for a festival., Fun for the audience, free with applause and too often too free to contribute.
Had a great walk thanks to Sam who had us thru the palace gate and the Museum square with all the beautiful lighting of the statutes and buildings. Worth a visit just for that night time view. The lighting on all the columns and statuary with special highlights was a head turner/turner/turner. It was a sight too often missed. The daytime crowds allow a hurried and noisy view as the tour leaders tell the sheep where to look and foul the air with inane comments in ten languages, all increasing their volume to allow themselves to pontificate louder and longer than the competition
But beauty, Vienna has. And in spite of my aversion to having me hear a guide wax enthusiastic about a visual art I have just passed or not approached, or having the same guide (S) break my-reverie of absorption of the moment, the trip is beautiful
Even walking the streets and seeing the retail excellence and the sophisticated presentation is a pleasure. I do not have to be interested in the objects or specific presentation, the mannequin’s or the descriptions that include previews on what is to be IN next season, or bother with the film approach as to what is available, for a price, inside some of the more overt venues. It is the ambiance of the stroll, not enlightenment or desire to buy or rent. It is just the sophistication of the area.
And then it gradually changes to the more mundane as we approach our hostel and Banhof district. I wax to damn much about nothing
Which brings back my concerns about agriculture. Hell I can grow nothing but weeds so what right do I have to write about national differences??? NONE….but I do note a national economy correlation between the Austria and Hungary/Romania
The subsistence farming, poor villages sans cars and fewer dishes, I can understand. But even the large, corporate farms, miles of sunflowers and grain crops are different Management and ownership varies and it is mirrored in the the cars, cleanliness and citizen outlook and presence. The people at this hostel who are the employees even seem different. The politics of oppression and the decimation of the Jew seems to be forgotten here, Maybe that is not a good thing….no there should be more evidence of WW11 Generational guilt is not all bad. But the feudal remnants of Hungary/Romania sure aren’t good and either is the economic recovery…..Whoops, am I looking at a national image? YES, but let the agriculture mirror the retail and street scenes and the economic might benefit. I keep thinking back to our Scandinavian visit where prosperity and smiles pervaded….and so did a strong economy and beautiful fields. I again have made the error of categorizing and generalizing based upon my own shallow observations, experience and education. OK, I have thoroughly enjoyed Vienna, could it be built in guilt for a 36 hour mistake in Bulgaria?
Sam is on the way down, a 10 AM check out, then breakfast and storing the gear at the Banhof. I am off to a 6:45 meeting and then back to the station for parts unknown and more adventure. NO Bulgaria or Serbia, how in hell we got Poland in and out is a gift, but what the hell, so is this trip
The languages, families and camaraderie seem to overcome the smoke, Ligget and American tobacco are doing well
Other than a minor tea mishap, life is good, Nancy prepare to buy a used Mac, NO, I am pretty sure I caught it