(europe trip) Wien, now or Never

OH EM GEEE. It has been a century!!!! Finally, the last city recap that I¬†visited! ūüėÄ
asli ngakak gw liat kaos ini!

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Oct 1.st 2015

Taking train from Prague Hvl and the train was very nice much better than Rj that took us from Berlin to Prague. Even the toilet was nice, just like one in a hotel.

Arrive at noon time there we go again figuring out how to get to hotel, buy the daily pass Ubhan Ticket for Euro 7 then took train from the Hopbanhoft to the closet station and dragging our luggage down to the corner.

We stayed where the immigrants live, so all those Asia look were all around, east, west as well as the restaurants. y’ know what I mean.
Another hour, we were picked up by our local tour guide who happened to be in town for a business meeting and managed his very busy time to see us :). First thing he said :

“C.A.P.E.K ¬†Y.A?” (yes, in Bahasa Indonesia). ¬†Bolak balik angkat koper, menurut ngana, meinherr?¬†

Then,he took us for walking tour. While walking from our hotel to the Pilgramgasse Ubhan station, he keept mumbling :

“jauh amat sihhh hotel kelen! bukannya nanya gw sebaiknya nginap di mana!”¬†
*dalam hati*¬†“perasaaan gw udah ngomong dari email kedua deh mau kesini”

*ciehhh inget nih yeee* ¬†ūüėÄ

Actually from Pilgramgasse, the closest train station to city center (KARLSPLATZ)  was only 2 stations away.
*ish…masih jauhan Orchard Station ke Bugis Station, deh, mein herr* –“

Since he was in hurry and very tall, it was a challange for us to keep up with his steps and I kind was out of breath! But the good thing, the wheather was nice! quite warm.

Out from Karlsplatz  Ubhan Station is Wiener Staatsoper (the opera house).  We had a walking tour in Main places and he sowed us where the start line for Vienna City marathon (Nooooo! cant stand at the word marathon at that time and ended up at Figlmuller which is  famous with the Wienerschnitzel. (kalau kata Prasti, Chicken Katsu-nya Hoka-Hoka Bento sih!!) 

While waiting for our food, we had talk from Jalan Tikus Pamulang (he literally said  it! J.a.l.a.n T.i.k.u.s) and of course some tips to enjoy the city during our limited time.

After few mins of quick conversations, we bid farewell as he had to go  back to his city.
Back to Firgmuller, it has two stores and both located in alley. The two restaurants, owned by the same person. If our local guide didnt take us here, we might not find it. o well, it took a while, bit challenging perhaps.

And do try its potato salad! The best! gee, my mouth is watering when I write this!

Anyway, there was a funny story in this restaurant. Shortly after we had our seat in the restaurant, our guide ordered the food in Deutsch (of course).  Then the food arrived after he left. The waiter asked (also in Deutsch). Kira-kira gini deh terjemahannya:

Him: “Kalian pesan ini kan?”

Kami : “Iya! itu daging sapi kan? atau ayam?yang penting bukan BABI kan?” tadi temen kami pesannya apa?” *panik* —> 20 Euro booo! Bisa jatuh miskin kalau harus mesan lagi! ūüėÄ

Him: (muka ragu) “Iya dink sapi (terus nyengir)” and he pointed his name tag to us that said “AVD QDR”

Adek gw: “ngapain dia nunjukin name tag-nya ya?”

gw : “(kalau dia anak Betawi) namanya ABDUL KADIR Cuyyyy….he told us he also a Muslim and doesn’t eat pork!”¬†Short of telling us that he is also a muslim. Perhaps.

After we had our very late lunch, then off we went to the famous prater by taking Ubhan to Pratestern Station. 

The surroundings is very nice!!!! I¬†don’t wanna go home!!! Please assign me to wien’s branch, dear boss!
The company where I work has a sub branch in this city,ya tapiii ngga mungkin lah brayyy. Japan company gitu lho ūüėČ
Anyway, the ferris wheel was once,the highest ferris wheel in the world! Who doesnt love ferris wheel?

 

And owh, if you watch Before Sunrise, this is where Julliet kiss Ethan Hawke *sayang kuku gw udah patah patah di Prague*

I was hoping I met Ethan Hawke over here, taking his throwback trip. Oh well! ūüėČ .

We went back to city center again, in doubt about buying standing ticket in the opera house or not, but decided not! Buy dinner in the Kebab Stall and there were supermarkets near the station. They sell fancy food and drink! There went my Euro coin. Purchasing cute food, snack and beverage which I will not find one in Jakarta. Kayak anak kecil ya! Tapi lucu-lucu lho snack and beveragenya! Bedalah sama seven eleven atau Lawson.

The next morning taking a U bhan (And heyyy! unlike in Berlin, its Ubhan lines was easy peasy lemon squash for me!) agak pinter lah gw disini.¬†Ya iyalah, kotanya juga lebih kecil ūüėÄ

One thing surprised me that iI saw many moslems (from Turkey probably) around. There was always at least a hijaber in the train…..like,literally. To note. I took this trip before the refugees crisis became very serious that changed many aspects of European people and I think including the new elected president(s).

This is was the nicest station I saw during my trip. look like one in Cirebon or Central Java,isn’t it? Sch√∂nbrunn Station.

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Love the Tile

We went to one of the landmark in this city, the beautiful Schloss Schönbrunn to have our morning run.

can you see a Berlin Marathon finisher?

The palace is  a summer residence for the imperial family members. What I mean by beautiful is VERY beautiful!!! I wonder what is it felt being princess centuries ago and lived at palace. No need kejar kejaran Commutter Line pastinya.

The palace is also famous for its Maze Park and Glorriet. Climb the Glorriet , you can see the city from top, unfortunately we didn’t run that far . If you watch 99 Cahaya di Langit¬†Eropa, the last screen was taken from Gloriet.
We went back to hotel ¬†and came back with proper clothes! To update our Path/Instagram account off course! ūüėÄ

It was 9 am something, the palace was full of tourist already.

Go figure from what country of the ¬†tourists that annoy me the most! –” Grrrhhh!

We didnt come to see inside the palace, Riefa did the following days and he said you cant’ take pictures inside.


Then pack our bag again heading to the Hopbanhoft. The one night stand #eh trip somehow not my style. capek bo! faktor U .Kurang puas pun! I  didnt have time to see Danube River. The thing I regret later! probably there was poetry by the river bank who would wrote me a poem like in  Before Sunrise the movie!

Our local guide was right and he was rambling all the time….

“Bisa bisanya kalian cuma satu malam ¬†di Wina” (he said it in English,btw)¬†
gw jawab dalam hati :¬†“biar ada alasan untuk kembali”¬†#eaaaaaaaa

Hopefuly i’ll see Danube, next time from Budapest perhaps. *amin*

I have thing for rivers, mungkin saya jelmaan ikan pesut  atau dugong kalik dulunya ya? I was reincarnasi from Dugong. During my short visit to Banjarmasin 7 yrs ago, I pushed myself to Sungai Barito first thing in the morning!
It was a nice short visit, tho! I forgot to buy a Vienne Fridge magnet and/or a post card!!!! But at least my sister had Starbuck Tumbler with “VIENNA” written on it. Oh em gee, what is it with Starbuck Tumbler sih???? seriusan deh :))¬†

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Anyway, up until now, I keep blaming my sister of having a one-night-trip to Vienna and she kept answer this.

gw: “ngapain sih ¬†bikin iternari cuma sehari. Mending skip Vienna nambah sehari di Prague ato Munich kan??”

adek gw :yeee…daripada loe ngga ketemu sama temen loe. Penasaran lagi seumur hidup!!” *nyolot*

gw: bener juga sih…

So, wonder how our local tour guide look like?

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candid by sister

yoiiii, finally I met in a person with Peter Jr, Opa peter’s son. ¬†Tampak belakang aja yaw :)) I haven’t asked his permission to post his picture here. Udah lama ngga ngobrol.
Cakep juga sih dese. #prikitiwwww

Here for more pictures in Wien. Will keep new photos posted.

Wokeh, that’s the last city recap of my 2015 Europe trip! Don’t know when I’ll be back to Europe again! If I do, I want to have another throw back trip in Rome and want to see Cordoba looks like! Until my next long haul trip, to the other side of the world! (on which, only heaven knows when!)

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(Europe Trip) Prague, Jsem Zamilovaná 

we had surprise ¬†once we arrived at this city via Prague Hlavni Nadrazi (Hlavni Nadrazi means central station), when we were about to take a cab to Ibis Hotel – Old Town, we just knew this country used “Kr/Koruny ” as well as Euro!

1 euro = 26Kr, IDR 550/Kr (as per Sept 28th, 2015)

tukang taxi pun emoh pake argo dan nyuruh gw bayar Euro 30! akhirnya nawar Euro  15 which is masih kemahalan!!!! 

once I saw the town, it gave me shivering feeling. Ngga nyaman aja! 

Anyway, i decided to draw Kron money from ATM (jaringan cirrus atau Maestro bisa kok, seperti ATM BCA, apalagi visa/master debet). to save my (bank notes) Euro.

Then when wanted to visit Dancing House a.k.a¬†Tanńć√≠c√≠ dŇĮm¬†, we didnt know how to buy bus ticket. We thought the ticket box will be beside the driver. Turn out. No ticket box. so kita main naik tanpa bayar! gw ketakutan setengah mati!!! takut ditangkap officer trus dikerjain!¬†

after getting off from the bus with no drama, Hamdalah! ¬†I asked someone where to got the building then she showed us the way, we ¬†took a little walk and …… VOILA!
i’m so lost in words with this city

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The Dancing House just around that corner

For my sister, who studied architecture, this is a MUST visit building. Jadi gini, untuk ukuran kota Prague yang bangunannya bernuansa Gothic gitu, ada gedung unik gitu kayak “nekat” lah! Langgar estetika kota. kira kira gitu deh!¬†

I forgot how many hours! yes hours! just to be in this particular area because my sister were busy taking hundreds thousand of pictures this building. –”

Across this building, there is an art gallery and museum and coffee shop. I decided to have a coffee over there.

Names Caffe

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Cappucino with a view

And off course, numpang WIFI gratis an. Ada kejadian lucu disini. Pas gw lagi minum kopi, sambil memandang keluar ngayal ngayal ngga jelas, ada 3 orang laki laki gitu lewat di luar. Trus gw guman, orang Indonesia deh kayaknya. Mereka senyumin gw balik. Bahahhahahah. Sok Akrab bener. 

strolling in the old town Prague is very nice.

Lots of old castles, curches, cafes and everything is ¬†beautiful and nice. We spent the day, took a lot of picture ¬†at the famous Charles Bridge (KarlŇĮv most)¬†! Where people passing by, took pictures, buy¬†souvenirs,listen to street musician and….. smooching!

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Charles Bridge  early in the morning

Tips from me : DO NOT VISIT THIS CHARLES BRIDGE and may be the city when YOU HAVE A BROKEN HEART! JUST DONT!  =)) 

Loe bakal pengen garuk-garuk aspal deh!!!!

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When we wanted to go back to the hotel, we got lost! The small road of the old town confused me. Google maps wasn’t helping either. Kita dibantuin sama middle age women yang teriak teriak pakai bahasa Chez sambil nganterin kita ke arah Mal Paladium. Next to this mall, is our hotel, Ibis Old Town Prague . I think youngster in this country has fluent English. when I bought bread and coffee at the station, the waitress speak English very well. Tapi yang tua-tuanya susah. Macam di Indonesia kali ya. generasi muda-nya lebih¬†jago¬†bahasa asing.¬†

We had our morning run from our Hotel to Charles Bridge and passed by :

using INDONESIA visor from KBRI German

Behind me¬†The¬†Church of Mother of God before T√Ĺn. Main church since 14th century.¬†¬†Cantik banget yaaaa!!!!!!!

And of course, its landmark, Astronomical Clock

FYI, di area ini ada tour gratisan. Nanti ada yang pasang bendera menandakan bahasa yang dipakai si tour guide. Tapi at the end of the trip jangan lupa kasih tip. berapa? gw ngga tau hahahahah. I skipped the free (but give the guide) tip. 

and stop by to this bakery shop to grab breakfast. the bakery recommended by Trip Advisor

after we had our morning run, we went to Prague Castle/PraŇĺsk√Ĺ hrad¬†in¬†proper clothes.

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view from the top before entering Prague Castle

Built in 9th century! It’s a hundreds steps uphill! gee I was tired, view was

breathtaking tho!

Prague Castle

Dan lagi-lagi kami ngga sempat menikmati dalamnya castle-castle ini! AH!!! Ngga sempat juga naik tower-tower yang banyak banget di Prague ini!

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dont forget to try its signature Bread – TREDELNIK , roti gulung kayu manis lalu ditaburi gula halus. Skip aja rasa coklat, udah manis.

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Dan yang banci skin care what so ever, jangan lupa beli MANUFAKTURA, CHEZC’s skin care speciality!

at night, Riefa and Corry arrived at Prague and we had dinner together at Prince Hotel.
They’ll spent 5 days in Prague and another 5 days in Vienna afterwars. I think that’s the wisest way of travelling. enough time to explore!

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Astronomical Clock at Night

yola and Cory

yola and Cory

berasa orang kaya deh, makan di hotel bagian luarnya, diselimutin sama waitressnya, dingin booo dan ngeliatin lalu lalang orang. This town is more charming in the evening.
dont ask how much I spent for my fancy dinner (di hotelll bo!!!) But to be honest, cost i Prague bit affordable compare to the cities we visitted.
after saying good bye with Riefa and Corry, we went back to hotel, this is our last night in Prague (3 days 2 Night). we headed to station where we bought bus ticket for tomorroow to its Central Station yang harganya cuma…KR 30 (for 30 mins).
Jadi di Prague, agak lebih “sempit” tenggat waktu pemakaian ticket terusan. tetep sih, variasinya waktunya banyak. (ngerti ngga maksud gw?) hahahah

anyway, do you wondering how this dual currency work in this city?
tell you what.

a little drama, shortly after arriving here, my eyeliner was missing. OH MY Godness, I’d have a date on Thursday and my-USD 25 eyeliner-is missing. #world’s #class #problem ūüėÄ

So I went to Sephora in Paladium Mall ;). Lupa gw harganya berapa, tapi ngga sampai IDR 100K. I paid in Euro (bank notes) the casheer gave the change in Kr coins. But you can’t give them Euro Coins.

eh, sekarang eyeliner Sephora-nya hilang¬†–”¬†

a little note on this city.
When I was about to buy postcards, I had small talk with the seller.

He asked “kamu muslim ya? dari Malaysia? bla bla bla

Nope, I’m Indonesian.¬†

then he said¬†“lucky for you. In Indonesia and Malaysia young people like you can find a job and spare money for holiday. not in my country, no job for us. That’s why I come here. 9 yrs already. I miss my parent”

me : where do you come from?

“tunisia”

#humanofNewYork ala ala sikiky!

I was lost with words (again).  Setau gw nih  negara ngga kelar-kelar  urusan revolusi- demo Рrevolusi dan lain lain. Wajar ekonomi ngga jalan. 

This trip made me broke yet enriched me spritually. ya, mungkin saya lebay. but it’s true!

PS : arti judul di atas , Prague, I’m in LOVE!

Until next time, cantik!

second PS : pas mau kesini, gw pengen punya foto ala -ala Murad Osmand and Natalia Zakharova di Charles Bridge. ish! gagal! couldnt find proper boy which arm I can borrow.
:))

Sempat besoknya pengen bikin foto ala-ala di kota setelah Prague,eh gagal juga =))  #yanasib