Wednesday, July 16, 2014

{ Why I Do Not Like Vienna } and { A quick update on my blog }

On a personal note:

So what do you do when Metro Manila goes into blackout ?
when storm signal #3 was hoisted and thankfully, it didn't last long.
For some hours, everything was in a standstill and while at home, bearing those pesky and über noisy neighbors.
Why not write something for my blog ?
It's been awhile since, I was feeling a bit under the weather for the past few weeks.
Personal stuffs really, as if one dilemma starts piling up with another,
Also a bit of soul searching whether or not my life is in the right track or not.
Sounds mysteriously ominous ?!
no worries, nothing too serious I can't handle.
After all, " Life is a curveball and you just have to keep on swinging it. "


Anyway, as I was re-checking my posts, I think I accidentally deleted one of them.
The how to read the train schedule post , which was also possibly the Longest post to date.
Argh! I couldn't retrieve it anymore because it's been more than a month already.
welcome to my world ~
and now I'm contemplating whether to re-post the whole thing or just leave it be.

It might comes as a surprise Why I don't like Vienna,
when I just posted the exact opposite of it.
* see link here *

As a traveler, you always hope for the best, have some good memories.
But sadly, this one left quite a bad impression.
My not-so-good day with Vienna, here goes...

Last December *Christmas day*,
Pepperoni and I decided to visit St. Stephen's Cathedral and then head to Graben street,
the Hofburg and its environs.
I couldn't wait to see the Cathedral, this would be my second time already.
The first time was a bit of a vague, and all I had then was an ordinary camera back then.

the glimmering roofs of St. Stephen's Cathedral
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As soon as we stepped out of the Metro,
these annoying red-coated agents would bombard you with Opera tickets for sale.
Just ignore them and head inside.

spot the red!
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The interior : Majestic and Imposing, just beyond words to describe it.
My sister and I took lots of photos from each corner and every angle.
It was a delight to see those intricate details and the massive size of this structure.

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After awhile, the church pews started to get empty and the crowds got thinner.
I thought to myself, maybe the main entrance is already closed to the public.
We obviously didn't see any DO NOT ENTER signs or barricaded areas.
So, we just continued taking more photos, even had a few self-timed shots.
We were more than satisfied without having to elbow anyone for a better view or fixing the lens to get a good shot.

We were clearly so engrossed that we didn't notice that a six-pack/ bodyguard/ security guy was already waving at us
with a not-so-friendly face and started shouting right in front of us!

He said: " I have told you more than 5 times already to get out of the area. It's closed, but you still take pictures!"

We quickly apologized and said we're sorry, we didn't hear him calling us.

Instead, He gave us this smug countenance on his face and said:
" you didn't hear me? you didn't hear me? I told you guys many times but you still take pictures.
Out now! Get out! "

Even our friendly smile wasn't enough!
I was obviously dumbfounded and utterly humiliated.
It was the worst experience I had.
After all, we were just merely tourists like everyone else,
We were told a lot of times to: Keep off the grass , Don't take photos, Don't cross this line and we abide by it.
But Never in our life were we shouted at or insulted for something so trivial.

This security guy has obviously got no diplomacy.
Treated us like we were some 8 year old kid.
Finally, I gave up.
No use arguing to a guy who speaks trash !!
Had I known this would happen, I could have recorded the whole fiasco.

This clearly left a dark stigma as to how Viennese people treats Asian tourists.
and to think we were inside the house of God, at least show some Respect.

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Don't get me wrong.
I Do Not hate Vienna I just did not like it as much as I was expecting it to be.


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