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Standing seats for Faust in the Vienna Opera House

Posted by Christopher Wink on Oct 27, 2008 in Travel Tips

The famed State Opera House in Vienna, Austria.

The famed State Opera House in Vienna, Austria.

Some things are worth 4 euros - a little more than five bucks. Like watching a production of Charles Gounod’s Faust in the Vienna State Opera House - the preeminent opera house in the world.

For a 7 P.M. show last week, I was in line for standing tickets two hours prior - behind 70 people or more. In all, 200 hundred of us squeezed into a few rows behind banisters in the back of the 140-year-old legend.

A little more on the location from About.com, considering the production was less than meaningful to me:

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Ep. 5 Eurorail. Vienna, Austria.

Posted by Sean Blanda on Oct 26, 2008 in Podcast

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Sean and Chris talk about some lessons they’ve learned riding the rails and backpacking Europe.

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Preconceived Notions: Vienna, Austria

Posted by Christopher Wink on Oct 22, 2008 in Preconceived Notions

We should be arriving in Vienna’s Westbahnhof (West train station) sometime soon.

For an American perspective on Austria, I remind myself of my preconceived notions before getting to Brussels, Belgium.

I only have the patience for so many stereotypes. So, the nations that are larger, more populous or with which the United States has more interaction develop images in your garden variety white, middle-class American 20-something.

I have clear stereotypes for the English, French, German, the Italians, Greeks, Russians, maybe the Spanish and a collection of Northern European traits.

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