Welp I manahed to find the shuttle, and after a beer and smoke packed hours long ride we arrived at the beach hostel.
Its quite a bit smaller and more quiet than the downtown hostel, but still very friendy and clean enough. The beach is a five minute walk away. Similiar to the downtown hostel there is a large front room with a pool table, with a small smoking room in back (air conditioned though), and a balcony.
Today was my first day at the beach hostel, and I mainly rested, tomorrow I plan to spend the day at the beach.
There is something to be noted about this location though, there are no coffee shops in town, so its necessary to take a bus 20 minutes away to liden to go to a coffeeshop. The few coffee shops in liden are said to only be open from 4pm – 10pm (7 days a week), and are said to be significantly cheaper than in amsterdam central. The bus cost 4 euro.
Currently amsterdam is in full on tourist mode, with tons of tourists everywhere. The flying pig beach hostel is full of people, a large percentage of whom are from the us or canada.
Been listening to some jazz this evening, a few great groups.
Earlier for the first time ever I got to see the police sweep through pusher street, all the vendors grabbing their goods and running. About 30 seconds after all the running squads of 6-7 police enter from all directions. These are the federal police, dressed to the 9s with riot gear and large automatic weapons.
We just remained chill right in the middle of everything, and were not even looked at twice by the police.
Within a half hour pusher street was open again, all the vendors digging through piles of their warez (though the police remained in christiania for another hour or so, searching buildings and houses – presumably for hard drug labs and such).
All in all was an interesting thing to observe.
Had some great salmon for dinner, and am back for jazz.
Still staying at the generator hostel.
Spent last night hanging out at christiania, a town populated by 90 percent tourists from abroad, 8 percent who live in denmark, and 2 percent whom are actually home.
Everytime I’ve been here in the summer it has just poured rain, in random spurts.
Flew niki airlines here, half full flight, got an exit row and empty seat next to me. The luggage allowance was 1 bag @ 20 Kilo, mine was 20.9, so they let it slide.
Pusher street is still alive and well, though the prices seem around 10 percent higher than last year. There also seem to be even more vendors.
I’m staying at a new hostel which just opened last week, I’m the first person to sleep in the bed I’m in. Its a quite nice hostel, very well laid out, super clean (guess it is new though), and a very goot price (thoiugh they are having a just opened special at the moment).
As I write this the weather has quicly changed from warm and sunny to windy and pouring rain.
Still in vienna just chillen. Thinking about making a trip to scandinavia this week, and maybe a cruise next week.
It is a major buzz kill that right now in europe, there are tons of americans. Everywhere I go there are more americans than austrians (same was the case in amsterdam, except more americans than anybody else).
Ended up having to rebook for my flight from amsterdam to vienna on monday as it was in economy and would have cost hundreds to check all my luggage, ended up on the last flight of the day instead of the first.
For 45k miles round trip and (unfortunately) $191 usd in taxes/fees with delta. Ended up on a nonstop klm flight. There were only two rowes of biz class on the flight, I was in the second with both a window and an isle.
The flight attendant for my section did an exceptional job providing the best service and experience possible with her extremely limited hard product (the beer was very limited in selection, and warm. The food was 4/10, but prepared perfectly onboard, served with class, and upon request for an extra roll I was promptly given both a brown and a white warm roll.
We arrived about 10 minutes early to vienna, there was no customs, immigration, or baggage claim, I was able to immediately proceed to meet up with my father to head downtown vienna.
The weather so far has been excellent, though today, briefly, there was a very strong downpour for about an hour, followed by a beutiful sunny day.
Having a zwickel at kolar at the moment.