Day 75, Friday, November 8, 2019
We had a leisurely morning and I did a bit of packing in preparation for checking out tomorrow. Early afternoon we catch the train and then a FlixBus to Bratislava, Slovakia to pickup our last rental car.
This photo taken from the bus window is a bit blurry. We noticed that one of the windmills had a fire the last time we were here. Today the big arms have been removed. It must be difficult repairing these, they are so high off the ground. When we get to the airport we are worried because the Budget Car Rental booth is closed! Turns out the attendants are out in the parking lot so after a short wait we pick up our car and head back to Vienna. I noticed this big mural last trip and managed to get a photo this time. It is dark by the time we get back to Vienna and we spend the rest of the evening cleaning our apartment and packing for our drive to Budapest tomorrow.
Day 67, Thursday, October 31, 2019
We need to return our rental car today. We rented it in Bratislava, Slovakia, which is about an hour drive from Vienna. We got the same type of car, from the same car rental company, for half the price we would have paid if we had rented it in Vienna!
It is so foggy that we can not see the tops of the wind turbines. There are lots and lots of them along the highway. When we pass some that are close to the road we can see just how enormous these wind turbines are.
As we get closer to Bratislava the fog lifts, but it is still a very grey day. This is the border crossing into Slovakia. Because of the European Union there are no border checks or stops, but I do miss getting a stamp in our passports though. We return the car, and catch a FlixBus back to Vienna. Just as the bus pulls up I realize I have lost a pair of sunglasses somewhere in the airport, but there is no time to go back and look for them. These buildings under construction near the Bratislava bus terminal have scaffolding all the way up to the top! I can’t imagine having to work on scaffolding that high off the ground. There is lots of construction in Bratislava, which has a population of 425,000. We get settled into our apartment and then head out to a life drawing session at 6:30. When we find the Kaffeebar it is in, we find out that the session was cancelled because it is Halloween. Oh well, we got to figure out the way there and I will try again next Thursday. Halloween in Austria is a time when adults get dressed up and party but the children do not go door to door for treats like they do at home.
Day 68, Friday, November 1, 2019
We both enjoyed having a quiet day. I stayed home all day and Bob went for a walk in the afternoon while I made us a yummy chicken dinner. Then we had popcorn and watched a movie. It was a nice relaxing day.