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Don’t lose the 00:47 bus

https://thecistern.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/dont-lose-the-0047-bus/

Don’t lose the 00:47 bus


Anna motivated me to write a little more, so here is one of my funniest experiences.

Last Saturday, we set off for Vienna at around 6 o’clock in the afternoon. I was in a hurry to catch the bus and didn’t have any time to dress up, so I just went with my normal T-shirt.  We were going to the MJOe Iftar. By “we” I mean myself, Billu, Arka, Rajat and Pradyot. “MJOe” is the organization for Muslim youth in Austria and “Iftar” is some sort of religious fast-breaking feast in Islam. I didn’t think that there might be so many fellow Muslims here in Austria and was amazed by that. On the other hand, it seemed that my Indian friends have never been to something similar to this and were somehow disappointed for having to wait ’til the sunset before they could eat or drink. The plus was that the food was free and we found and bought some very nice T-shirts for only 2 EUR per shirt.

After the Iftar, we set off for the Danube Island Festival or as they call it in German “Donauinselfest”. The Danube Island is huge and long and stretches for a good 27 km. There was lots of music there, but for me the attractive part was not the music or the dancing, but the food. Well, not food really! I loved their Almdudler. This drink is just fabulous. Anyone coming to Austria must definitely taste it.

The Island was very crowded. I read somewhere that 3 million people attend the festival each year. We somehow lost Billu and Arka in the festival and then found them again along with several other people from IST and then lost them for the second time. The festival was great and very enjoyable. The only problem was that their DJ’s were not good enough and kept turning the music down at the very moment that I felt like jumping :)

This being said, we lost our track of time and suddenly realized that we will definitely lose the 00:47 bus from Heiligenstadt to IST. We didn’t care at all. The next day was a Sunday and we had all the night, so we just decided to enjoy ourselves and then possibly walk back to IST. It was only 15 km according to Rajat’s phone.

We hanged out in the Island and nearby ’til the fest finished and I have to say it finished too soon. We didn’t expect it to finish so soon but by one o’clock the island looked deserted. We continued walking in and around the island and next to the so-called “beach”, an artificial beach along the Danube. After an hour of walking and trying to challenge each other with pronunciation of words from our respective languages, we decided to head for Heiligenstadt and took the subway. Rajat and Pradyot were unable to pronounce “Ghooghoolighooghoo” (Persian form of rooster’s sound) or “Gheyreghabeleghabool” (Persian for “unacceptable”) and I believe most of the people who read this post will not be able to say those words either.

When we reached Heiligenstadt, we took a little rest in the bus station and decided to walk to Maria Gugging and walk we did. It was like an eternity. I cannot believe we are so far away from Vienna. By 3:30 we had almost reached Klosterneuburg and it was at this time that it suddenly began to rain. The rain was bearable at first and we kept on walking but as time passed it slowly became faster and faster and then there came the time that we realized we have to look for shelter. We ran and the first shelter we found was a garbage storage. We had no other choice so we just entered it and waited and hoped that the rain might eventually finish or at least slow down, but it didn’t. We waited and waited and took selfies with the garbage(!) and talked about our research but the rain was pouring very determinedly and didn’t seem to be stopping for at least several hours.

We decided that we can no longer stay in that garbage storage, so we got out and hurried to the nearest bus station, getting there wet head to toe. Oh Damn! How I wished I had gone to my room and took my raincoat earlier that afternoon. We tried our chance in getting a taxi and Pryadot even tried looking for someone to give us a ride but there was no success in either. Taxis kept going past us and not even one of them stopped.

Rajat tried calling a taxi using uber and several minutes later a taxi showed up and we entered the car. We tried to ask the driver if this was actually “uber” but he didn’t seem to understand us and kept saying that this is “Klosterneuburg”. We realized that he’s not from uber, but we were too tired and wet to wait for the real uber, so we took our chance and cancelled the other cab, costing us 8 Euros.

Finally, we reached IST at around 5 in the morning, having paid 38 EUR instead of 6.6. I could already hear the birds singing and was too tired to think of anything except how much I love my bed. I slept ’til 2pm.

So, dear current and future ISTerns and interns of IST, here’s some valuable advice:
“Don’t you ever lose the 00:47 bus.”

P.S. Photos and videos shall be added to this post as soon as Rajat sends them to me :)



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Don’t lose the 00:47 bus

https://thecistern.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/dont-lose-the-0047-bus/

Don’t lose the 00:47 bus


Anna motivated me to write a little more, so here is one of my funniest experiences.

Last Saturday, we set off for Vienna at around 6 o’clock in the afternoon. I was in a hurry to catch the bus and didn’t have any time to dress up, so I just went with my normal T-shirt.  We were going to the MJOe Iftar. By “we” I mean myself, Billu, Arka, Rajat and Pradyot. “MJOe” is the organization for Muslim youth in Austria and “Iftar” is some sort of religious fast-breaking feast in Islam. I didn’t think that there might be so many fellow Muslims here in Austria and was amazed by that. On the other hand, it seemed that my Indian friends have never been to something similar to this and were somehow disappointed for having to wait ’til the sunset before they could eat or drink. The plus was that the food was free and we found and bought some very nice T-shirts for only 2 EUR per shirt.

After the Iftar, we set off for the Danube Island Festival or as they call it in German “Donauinselfest”. The Danube Island is huge and long and stretches for a good 27 km. There was lots of music there, but for me the attractive part was not the music or the dancing, but the food. Well, not food really! I loved their Almdudler. This drink is just fabulous. Anyone coming to Austria must definitely taste it.

The Island was very crowded. I read somewhere that 3 million people attend the festival each year. We somehow lost Billu and Arka in the festival and then found them again along with several other people from IST and then lost them for the second time. The festival was great and very enjoyable. The only problem was that their DJ’s were not good enough and kept turning the music down at the very moment that I felt like jumping :)

This being said, we lost our track of time and suddenly realized that we will definitely lose the 00:47 bus from Heiligenstadt to IST. We didn’t care at all. The next day was a Sunday and we had all the night, so we just decided to enjoy ourselves and then possibly walk back to IST. It was only 15 km according to Rajat’s phone.

We hanged out in the Island and nearby ’til the fest finished and I have to say it finished too soon. We didn’t expect it to finish so soon but by one o’clock the island looked deserted. We continued walking in and around the island and next to the so-called “beach”, an artificial beach along the Danube. After an hour of walking and trying to challenge each other with pronunciation of words from our respective languages, we decided to head for Heiligenstadt and took the subway. Rajat and Pradyot were unable to pronounce “Ghooghoolighooghoo” (Persian form of rooster’s sound) or “Gheyreghabeleghabool” (Persian for “unacceptable”) and I believe most of the people who read this post will not be able to say those words either.

When we reached Heiligenstadt, we took a little rest in the bus station and decided to walk to Maria Gugging and walk we did. It was like an eternity. I cannot believe we are so far away from Vienna. By 3:30 we had almost reached Klosterneuburg and it was at this time that it suddenly began to rain. The rain was bearable at first and we kept on walking but as time passed it slowly became faster and faster and then there came the time that we realized we have to look for shelter. We ran and the first shelter we found was a garbage storage. We had no other choice so we just entered it and waited and hoped that the rain might eventually finish or at least slow down, but it didn’t. We waited and waited and took selfies with the garbage(!) and talked about our research but the rain was pouring very determinedly and didn’t seem to be stopping for at least several hours.

We decided that we can no longer stay in that garbage storage, so we got out and hurried to the nearest bus station, getting there wet head to toe. Oh Damn! How I wished I had gone to my room and took my raincoat earlier that afternoon. We tried our chance in getting a taxi and Pryadot even tried looking for someone to give us a ride but there was no success in either. Taxis kept going past us and not even one of them stopped.

Rajat tried calling a taxi using uber and several minutes later a taxi showed up and we entered the car. We tried to ask the driver if this was actually “uber” but he didn’t seem to understand us and kept saying that this is “Klosterneuburg”. We realized that he’s not from uber, but we were too tired and wet to wait for the real uber, so we took our chance and cancelled the other cab, costing us 8 Euros.

Finally, we reached IST at around 5 in the morning, having paid 38 EUR instead of 6.6. I could already hear the birds singing and was too tired to think of anything except how much I love my bed. I slept ’til 2pm.

So, dear current and future ISTerns and interns of IST, here’s some valuable advice:
“Don’t you ever lose the 00:47 bus.”

P.S. Photos and videos shall be added to this post as soon as Rajat sends them to me :)

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