Vienna, Austria

I went to Austria to watch Eliud Kipchoge run the world’s first sub-2-hour marathon in the INEOS 1:59 Challenge, which was super exciting. But I only spent a few days there, of which much of the time was scoping out the race course or running myself in Prater Park.

A few things struck me about Vienna, however. Despite it being by far the largest city in Austria with 1.9 million inhabitants, it felt remarkably smaller and a lot more relaxed. There seemed to be much less people out and about and it felt like a town with a tenth the population, like Fort Collins.

I learned about all the public housing from a German tourist named Linda in Prater Park. Supposedly, about a third of all people live in these housing developments that were built by the government. But the dwellings are well integrated into most neighborhoods, so there aren’t large distinctions in neighborhoods based on socio-economic status like there are in the U.S., where the south part of town (for instance) might be a ghetto while the north part might be full of McMansions.

There are lots of references to famous classical musicians here, making Vienna “the Capital of Classical Music.” Despite playing the violin and piano when growing up, I forgot that Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Strauss, and more all lived here at one time!

Apparently, Chrysler PT Cruisers were imported into Austria. I did not see any other Chrysler vehicles there except for Jeeps.The Wien River in central Vienna.Colorful graffiti on a bridge support by the Wien RiverGraffiti espousing Catalonian politics.The Wien River at night.A full moon over Vienna.During my runs through Prater park, I stopped off here to do pull-ups, push-ups, and dips.Building at Hoher Markt and Bauernmarkt in Vienna.Birds and lack at Stadtpark in Vienna.A bronze Johann Strauss statue at Stadtpark in Vienna.A skateboard park at Stadtpark in Vienna.Billboards in Vienna advocated making love instead of CO2.

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