“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Budapest” (Day 6)

April 23

~ Cruising to Vienna

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[If you’re gonna be on the water, you gotta play by the rules.  It’s like being on an airplane, you have to watch the safety program on your room TV (and you can’t get anything else until you do), and then join the rest of the passengers in practicing your designated escape route.]

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[And this was the day we learned . . . ]

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[Looks like a metro area ahead.  And it looks like we left the sun in Budapest.]

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[And indeed – we’re passing though Bratislava, capital of Slovakia.]

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[Apollo Bridge, opened in 2005]

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[Ahead on the hill, what we were told is the “upside-down table” castle. The thought is that the four spires on each corner look like table legs?  It’s called Bratislava Castle, oddly enough.]

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[A statue of an airman on a new waterfront area – could find no info about it?]

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[Bratislava, about the same size as Minneapolis, appears to be booming.]

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[Novy Most (New Bridge), seems they have a lot of new bridges here!]

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[Looks like some river boats make this a designated stop.]

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[Swiss radar . . . runs like a clock.]

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[UFO Cafe atop Novy Most]

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[Nice to know if there’s an outdoor grill, there will be Gril Music?]

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[Good-bye, Bratislava . . . ]

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[Hello, safety practice!]

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[Dr. Kiehne, ever the experimenting engineer, decided to see if his jacket would fit over his life preserver.  Et, voila!]

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[We will be soon hitting a stretch of river where there are castles on every hill top.]

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[This is Hainburg.  I know that because that’s what it says on the sign.]

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[Practicing river rescues – a strong current here made look very difficult.]

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[DJ’s Tap House & Grill in Alex?]

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[Dr. Kiehne believes we may be approaching Vienna, if not nirvana.]

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[It’s looking like some place big time.]

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[Time to head outside for better vantages.]

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[Vienna, we have arrived!]

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[The portside is modern Vienna.]

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[We would spend the night here.  Pam and Tom, ever opting for our options, went into town for Mozart and Strauss concert – I think the rest of us caught up on our reading.]

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Addendum:  Just for fun from the internet . . . the Bratislava Paparazzi!  (Of course, technically, it should be “paparazzo,” the singular.)

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It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.  ~ Dave Barry

Up Next:  Josie?

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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