A Journey to the Center of Europe - Day 6

Ellen and I went to Austria and Slovakia for a week-long trip. You can read about the whole week: Day 1. Day 2. Day 3. Day 4. Day 5.

Day 6

Started the day off checking out a couple English bookshops in city center, where I found the best deal on the most amazing book ever. How Animals Have Sex is everything I hoped it would be and more, particularly for the 1 euro price tag. It describes, in hilarious detail, exactly what it promises, with pictures to boot.

We scrounged some lunch at a very touristy pizza place, with an elderly American gentleman shouting in English that he wanted red wine. Not really sure what we were expecting there, since we picked it out of a guidebook. Afterward, we headed up to Prater, which is a Coney Island-esque carnival thing on the northern edge of the city, and we walked through the stranded town that time forgot. It was supposed to be a fun and joyous place, but turned out to be quite desolate and sad. Merry-go-rounds and bumper cars and roller coasters sat empty, waiting for someone who wanted to ride badly enough to pay the outrageous per-ride prices. We only paid 3 euros each to ride the ferris wheel, and that was only because Ellen wanted to make out at the top. They also had a swings ride on steroids, which Ellen had ridden previously.

Despite reading about a Halloween extravaganza that was to be had out at Prater, no such festivities existed, so we snapped some pictures with the grotesque statues and sculptures that we found and then ventured over to a nearby Irish pub and drowned our depression in pints of Guinness and cider. It seemed to be the hangout spot for all Viennese English speakers, because that’s the only language we heard all night.

The beer and the walking and the length of the trip took a toll, so we were both a bit shagged and fagged and fashed, it having been a week of some small energy expenditure. We retired to the hostel and got some much-needed R&R before heading home the next day.
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