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Sleep training to Vienna

May 18, 2015

Sleeping on the train was… an interesting adventure. I was imagining a bed that took up the apartment or a long comfy futon-like bench like you see in a tv show or movie. But it was this super small compartment with three tight seats and a teeny table and the beds folded down from the walls into bunkbeds. It was very noisy, and when we went through tunnels it would get really loud and make a high-pitched shushing sound. I had to get up and use the bathroom (which was at the end of the car) all night, because it was that time of the pregnancy when I had to wee every two hours anyways and the jiggling of the train made it worse and someone in my room was playing a nose trumpet so I didn’t really get much sleep. Andrew slept really well though. The pest. So if you are thinking of doing some traveling while asleep on the train, this is the image you need to remember. And this was apparently a large two person compartment. It was nice however to not have to drive all that way though.

The way it really looks

Sleep Master









When we boarded we quickly found our quarters, but inside one of them was this pair of ruffians smelling strongly of the bottle. We blinked at them and then said, “I think you’re in our booth” If I remember rightly their reply was “Oh really?” and while we opened the window to let the compartment air out we saw them out on the platform. I wonder if they ever found a car to hitch a ride in.

The many uses of cellophane

The city of Vienna seems to be set up pretty haphazardly, with centers like St. Stephen’s Cathedral—pictured above—and then it has roads of different sizes that branch off of it in all directions. At St. Stephen’s they had these rock climber type guys winching themselves up their climbing ropes to take down these cellophane “curtains” that were over the stained glass on the western side of the chapel. I thought maybe they were taking them down to switch them over to the other side, but we arrived when they were just starting, so we don’t know the purpose of the cellophane. Perhaps to filter some of the light getting into the cathedral? To protect the glass itself from fading? I’m not really sure what that was all about, but they were fun to watch.

It’s a little hard to see in the picture, but they were actually doing some restoration work on the cathedral. If you look closely you can see that the construction platforms are covered up by detailed artwork that looks exactly like the part of the cathedral they are working on! I love construction in Europe! I was also impressed with the fancy chevron design of the roofing tiles.

We went to a museum that showcased an Empress who wrote bad poetry about wishing she could be free from royal constraints, the “Princess Diana of Austria:” Queen Sissi. The best part of the tour was the Mozart’s Balls we got: chocolate covered marzipan and pistachio. Good flavor combo, great name—I highly recommend them. mozartsballs

Credits: Summer Cottage and Clementine digital kits from Shabby Shoppe

Mozartkugeln picture

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