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What would you pay to sit?

So, I went to see the ballet in the Vienna Opera House last night. I think I mentioned that 100 euros seemed like a bit much for a ticket, but I discovered that if you stand in line before the concert, you can get a “Stehplatzkasse” a ticket for a standing place at the opera. And it is a slightly discounted price of 2 euros. So that’s at least one hour of standing to get the ticket and wait for the start of the opera, plus another 2 hours to see the show. Now I know that Jenny and Chris would never pay more than 2 euros if they knew that the standing room tickets existed, but I think I would’ve paid something between 2 and 30 euros for the priveledge of a guaranteed seat. I mentioned that it was the Ballet. What we could see was very nice. The ballet (to us) was “Romeo and…” well, we couldn’t ever see who Romeo was with. It turns out that the ballerina was always on the left side of the stage and we could only see the right side of the stage. That was a bit of a bummer. For those that will go to Vienna in the future, make sure to go right upstairs to the “standing area” after receiving your tickets and stake out a location. We dawdled...

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Traditional and Wild…

This morning Pauline and I took the U-Bahn to Shönbrunn Palace. Here we spent the morning seeing 40 of the 1500 rooms of the palace, wandering the gardens, climbing to the Glorietta (the building on the hill) and getting lost in the labrynth. Okay, actually we got lost just about everywhere (we got off at the wrong station, turned the wrong way after leaving the right station, got lost trying to find the maze, etc). But it was a beautiful day and we had a lovely time. This is the Glorietta. In our last stop at Shönbrunn Palace, I earned another degree in Strüedel baking (I was the volunteer chosen from the audience to help finish off the strüedel. Take that Mom – I can cook after all! This afternoon I walked out to the Hundertwasserhaus, a little architechtural trip on the wild side. Also down the street is the Kunst Haus (another piece of architecture designed by the same man. This is the floor inside the Kunst Haus. Can you tell from the picture that the floor is not flat? And in the fountain, parts of the water fountain flow uphill! Can you tell? And last, but not least, the “Modern Toilet” at the Hundertwasser Village. Hope you’re having a good time so far! I’m off to try to get standing tickets for the opera (significantly cheaper if...

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Welcome to Vienna!!!

After taking a bus from the airport to the Westbaunhof station, I walked the rest of the way to my hostel. Wombat’s The Base is an australian-run hostel that includes a hopping bar with the equivalent of blast doors to keep the noise from bothering those that are trying to sleep. A shower felt wonderful after 24+ hours of travel between airports and planes. I needed to get out, so I convinced three of the gals in my 6-person room to go with me to see if any of the historic buildings in Vienna are lit up at night (they are). We had a nice stroll through night-lit Vienna with a lovely quartet playing music in one of the atriums. Shivangi, Rukmani (not pictured), and Pauline were my companions for the evening. Possibly Related Posts: The Four Processors: A Neogeneralist Problem? My New Work Colleagues Momentary Lapse of Memory New Chapter: Life Reboot Self Evaluation: List of...

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Strange insights from the airport…

Okay, one cannot spend 24 hours in airports and planes without discovering some interesting things. Here are my weird and/or interesting discoveries… 1) Chewable toothbrushes. Sold in the bathrooms at the Heathrow Airport. It looks like a prize from a gumball machine. No idea what it is (it cost 1 euro and I didn’t have any coins). 2) iPod people – a reference to the generation of people who walk around with iPods and earphones 24-7. Now that I’ve heard them referred to as iPod people, that seems totally appropriate (more approrpriate than “Generation Y”) 3) Brookstone makes earbuds with a retractible cord. Tempting, but I am already short on space! Possibly Related Posts: The Four Processors: A Neogeneralist Problem? My New Work Colleagues Momentary Lapse of Memory New Chapter: Life Reboot Self Evaluation: List of...

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See you in Europe…

Today’s the day! Hope you’ve got your bags packed and your travel documents printed. Did you double check your flight arrangements one more time? Today’s challenge (for the mathematically inclined). A math instructor leaves Grand Rapids Michigan at 2:30pm (local time) on June 27th and arrives in Vienna, Austria at 6:00pm (local time) on June 28th. How long (in time) was the trip from start to finish? Seriously, I want to know. Notoriously, I cannot calculate anything that involves a time change. When I schedule a phone conference between time zones I always put it on my calendar at the wrong time… always. For those of you who lean more towards history than towards mathematics, how long would this same trip have taken in 1907? (100 years ago) I hope you are bringing along plenty of reading material for the airport maze! See you in Vienna! (or maybe Heathrow, as I am stuck there for 8 hours) Possibly Related Posts: The Four Processors: A Neogeneralist Problem? My New Work Colleagues Momentary Lapse of Memory New Chapter: Life Reboot Self Evaluation: List of...

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