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Wind, Train (Vienna) Photoblogging

by DoDo Tue Jan 3rd, 2006 at 04:27:11 PM EST

Today I was in Vienna (my hyper-short holiday...). I shall buy a digital camera, always only borrowing one gets bothersome... thus I'm sorry I don't have any photographs of Vienna (my lender had the camera there), only of two of my obsessions: wind power plants and trains... (and sorry for the weather-related low picture quality.)

This is 58% of the Hungarian wind power capacity – five giant and brand-new Enercon E-70s (2 MW each, 113 m towers, 70 m rotor diameter) and two older E-40s in the background (0.6 MW each) at Mosonmagyaróvár, near the Austrian border. With this little and a few lone rotors elsewhere, Hungarian wind capacity increased sixfold in 2005... while beyond the border in Austria, there are whole forests of wind power plants...

BTW, I found no rest for a longer exposure photo, so motion is not visible, but the blades were spinning like hell in strong wind. However I can confirm again that the machines of this manufacturer are absolutely silent. I really mean it: from 300 m away, not even a woosh could be heard.

Three photos in Wien Westbahnhof (Vienna West station):

There is a new trend for turning remaining locomotive-pulled express trains into push-pull trains. An EC from Dortmund/Germany just arrived with a nice (but dirty) German driving trailer.

Another train with a driving trailer: this time a leaving Austrian semi-fast train with bi-level cars. (Left the German loco of the train on the previous picture – there is some truly deep cross-border traffic here.)

The most modern rapid transit trains of the Austrian railways (series 4024, from the Bombardier Talbot "TALENT" product family). They are surprisingly silent.

There must have been terrible snows to the West – I saw the Orient Express, which arrived from Paris with a delay of 5¾ hours!...

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Check the Train Blogging index page for a (hopefully) complete list of ET diaries and stories related to railways and trains.

BTW, reflecting on an older story: walking across Vienna, I looked for one of those EU-porn-placards in vain - either they have been taken down already or I managed to find a route with none of the 200.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Jan 3rd, 2006 at 06:12:16 PM EST
I think I read that the most ocntentious two were taken off.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Jan 3rd, 2006 at 06:50:08 PM EST
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Spiritual cowardice

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other. -- Dr Johnson
by melvin (melvingladys at or near yahoo.com) on Tue Jan 3rd, 2006 at 07:10:43 PM EST
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Lacking a digital camera, just buy one of those cheap disposable film cameras and have the film scanned as part of the regular processing. You get back a CD with the digitized pictures. Not sure about Europe, but it's about $5 extra here in the States.
by asdf on Wed Jan 4th, 2006 at 08:52:25 AM EST
Unfortunately, scanning of processed films is not common here, and I have bad experience with quality. (My quality requirement also closes out cheap disposable cameras :-)) I am actually expecting to buy a good digital camera used, one I had good experiences with when I borrowed it a year ago - so don't worry, I won't have to spend 2/3 of my monthly netto pay on a new one.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Jan 4th, 2006 at 11:45:46 AM EST
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...in loose order.

I wrote of the porn placards, so I first write about just how frivolous a city Vienna is. It's one thing that at the entrance of one shopping mall, the placard with a woman's face isn't just looking seductive, but kind of like just before an orgasm. But explain this: the first mannequin at the entrance of another shop lies on her back, with legs spread, covered only with garlands (which you definitely can't buy inside) - but this is a women's cloth shop, so I can't really figure out on whom this objectification of women's body is supposed to work on.

Yet, in stark contrast, the only pretty women I saw on the streets (with a man's eye, sorry I know) were Turkish or Chinese. The jolly baroque Viennese women (unlike women in the countryside) seem to revel in the freedom of not caring about their body shape or hairdo (at least not according to male tastes), prefer some strong-coloured rouge as makeup, and care much more about clothes.

Speaking of Turkish women, a sign of how much multi-ethnic Vienna has become (or maybe always was - I may not have noticed during eighties visits) was for me another placard, for a cloth or what, with a clearly Turkish model. Meanwhile, another thing that was new to me (but maybe not to our German, French and other Western European readers) was that the ubiquitous döner kebab sellers now have a middle level (between good restaurants and one-man street vendors): there is a McDonalds-like chain called Turkiz. And, hurt local patriot speaking, even the cheapest street vendor had a much cleaner shop than Budapest counterparts...

Speaking of cleanliness, and earlier of elegance, a rather strange thing was the homeless. In every city there are homeless newspapers, selling which keeps many homeless from starving. But the homeless of Vienna are so well-clad that when I saw the first two, I thought they are just normal street newspaper sellers...

Finally, an anecdote on the paradoxical attitude of the Viennese people: how I got into a public toilet. The door opens with a 50-cent coin, but I only had €2 coins - so I opened into the cleaners' room to get a change. There was the cleaning lady and who looked like her daughter and her daughters' boyfriend, the latter playing a videogame. They didn't show much lust to bother (not to mention being friendly), only slowly got themselves to check the drawer to find no 50-cent coins, then seemed to just forget about me. I stood back, considering what to do then, while the cleaning lady slowly scuffled across the room in front of me - and opened the WC door with a key, letting me in for free!

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Jan 4th, 2006 at 12:17:31 PM EST
> But explain this: the first mannequin at the entrance
> of another shop lies on her back, with legs spread,
> covered only with garlands

where exactly did you see this ? i've never seen something like that here. au contraire, i seem to always note weird things when i go somewhere else. regarding frivolity, i'd put that on the shrill tone of commercial propaganda here in the country rather than on the character of the city.

> ... pretty women ...

first, women here are less pretentious. second, viennese people are, on average, less pretentious and "pretty" than, say, in budapest or paris. third, the really pretty ones you seldom see on the street. i can still assure you that there are lots of beautiful women here.

> ... multi-ethnic Vienna ...

vienna is multi-ethnic, and it has a long story of being so. the only people who have a problem with that are some right-wingers from deep province. and the part about the clean kebab stands is true. they make a distinctly better impression (to me) than their counterparts in germany, also the average restaurant is cleaner, and the food better, than what you can expect to get in brussels for the same price. also, i never eat mc-donalds when out of country.

in any case, i hope you enjoyed your stay. for a good taste of vienna, try out the "schnitzelwirt" in the 7th district, the "orpheus" (greek) in the 1st district, or visit the cafe griensteidl, also in the city next time when you come.

by name (name@spammez_moi_sivouplait.org) on Thu Jan 5th, 2006 at 08:19:32 AM EST
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where exactly did you see this ?

I can't remember exactly - it was somewhere along the Mariahilfer as I walked from the Westbahnhof to the Burg, 1-3 streets before the Bundesländerplatz (where I turned left for a Neubaugasse-Siebensterngasse detour, so it was certainly before), on the south side.

in any case, i hope you enjoyed your stay.

Of course - and I emphasize, none of my observations were meant as criticism! Especially not that about Viennese women. I liked to highlight the contrasts.

Thanks for the eat-out tips, BTW!

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Jan 5th, 2006 at 10:16:10 AM EST
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BTW, wasn't it also in Vienna two or three years ago that some cloth shop promised large discounts for naked people during some holiday day, and was totally swamped by two hundred naked people upon opening?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jan 5th, 2006 at 10:26:01 AM EST
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