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In The Middle

I have been travelling around Europe for years since 2015. However there are two parts that need to discover, the middle and the east. The May of Paris is warm and suddenly cloudy, rainy and cold. Therefore I was heading to another place to change the mood.

By Austrian Airline, I came to the capital of Austria, who is famous for the opera and palace of Princess Sisi. In my mind, I always think that in Austria the cities probably look like German cities, grey and boring. However what I saw surprised me: the city kept most of the historical architectures. All the old buildings spread the sense of the nordic countries, tidy and clean.

Honestly my stay in Vienna didn’t reach the expectations because of lack of tourism attractions. Yet the government does pay attention to the tourism industry, which appealed me.

It was the first city where I found a touristic tram. There were three types of tram running through the city. The old little red tram and the new long red tram weaved the transportation web of Vienna. From time to time, a yellow touristic tram appeared on the track. Since the tone of Vienna was basically green and grey, this colourful cuties made the city full of live, which reminded me of Lisbon.

From Vienna taking a train in one hour, I arrived at Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. 

Perhaps it was the smallest capital I have ever been. The city looked adorable! Only one hour by train to Austria, the city view of Slovakia was hugely different! Everything looked so unadorned. I could hardly find decorations of the building. No luxury shops could be found. There weren’t many people on the street either. Even downtown I found tourists instead of locals. The city was not very attractive to me, but the cheap and huge portion food took my stomach. The Schnitzel was as big as my face, the dumplings were very yummy with the cream and the Apfelstrudel was crispy outside but tender and sweet inside at Bratislava Flagship Restaurant. 

Not far away, the ruins of Devin Castle were situated by the Danube River. It was not not famous but it gave you a panoramic view of the river. I’m a history lover so if there is a ruin, I will visit without hesitation. 

Also from Vienna, another train took me to Brno, the second biggest city of Czech Republic.

The moment I reached the train station, I felt I was in China 20 years ago. I couldn’t even call that a train station. The same as the city, it was not well renovated like Prague. All the poor buildings, wires on the sky, and old public transportation made me sad. When I visited Prague, I have noticed that people were not smiling. The same faces could be found in Brno. The old city was so small that everything was packed together. The only outstanding one was the cathedral who was located on the top. In addition to the maintenance, the payment method was behind. After the one day sightseeing, I wished that the government could give the city a rebirth!

In a week, I was wandering in the Middle of Europe alone and I enjoyed a lot travelling by myself. But now something has changed. I would like to take someone to adventure with me. I was the the middle phase of my relationship, uncertain and confused. 

 


欧陆中央

自从2015年,我周游欧陆,但仍有两个地方还需要探索——中欧和东欧。巴黎的五月阴晴不定,忽冷忽热,于是我决定逃离巴黎,来到中欧。

搭乘奥地利航空,我来到了奥地利首都维也纳,以金色大厅和茜茜公主而闻名的城市。在我的印象中,我一直以为奥地利与德国相似,建筑丑陋枯燥。然而,维也纳却颠覆了我的印象,古城被保护得很好,就像大部分北欧建筑一样,青房顶,灰墙壁,庄严宏伟,整洁有序。

但说实在话,我并没有很喜欢维也纳,因为真的不知道那里有什么好玩的。让我眼前一亮的是,就算没有特别多的景点,政府依旧大力发展旅游业。

这是我第一次见到观光电车。维也纳有三种电车,红色的古典小电车,红色的摩登大电车和黄色的观光电车共用轨道穿梭在城市里,交织成致密的交通网。正是由于这些可爱的色彩,才使得维也纳充满了生机与活力,要不然,整个城市的基调便是建筑的灰和树木的绿。这一点,让人不禁联想到里斯本。

从维也纳坐火车一小时,便能抵达斯洛伐克的首都,布拉提斯拉瓦。

也许是我见过最小的首都了吧,不像是梵蒂冈或摩纳哥一样的城邦国家,一切都显得这么可爱。仅仅一小时车程,就能看到与维也纳巨大的差别。布城相当朴素,无论是房屋,街道还是公共设施,没有一丝修饰。市区也没有多少行人,三三两两的都是游客。尽管城市特色不是很鲜明,但是这里的美食满足了我的胃口。菜单与维也纳的相似,只是价格更便宜,能与国内相比。地方特色表较鲜明的,是和脸一样大的炸猪排,还有中欧特色饺子,但是与此饺子非彼饺子,是土豆和小麦粉混合蒸熟的,加上奶酪酱汁或做成炒菜,味道浓厚,而最后的甜点,是苹果派,表皮酥脆,内陷甜软。

在多瑙河畔,我参观了一个游人不多的景点,Devin城堡。这曾是一个中世纪城堡,历史爱好者的你们一定会喜欢。这里,可以欣赏到多瑙河全景。

已然从维也纳乘火车,不久我来到了捷克第二大城市,布尔诺。

当我下了火车的,眼前的景象让人震惊,这哪里是9021年的城市啊?分明是我小时候的内蒙古嘛。于布拉格不同的是,这座城市完全没有被好好修复,破旧的建筑,风尘仆仆的交通工具,破碎的马路,还有人们脸上憔悴的神情,让人看了不禁悲叹。布尔诺古城十分小,小到一小时不到便能从南走到北,而城里唯一的亮点便是高处的主教堂。在结束了一天的游览后,我便匆匆离开,希望这座古城能重新焕发出它的光彩。

一周时间里,漫游在中欧三国的我,感受到了欧洲经济发展的不均衡,而我的心情也像所见的景象,曲折离奇。过去,我喜欢一个人旅行,享受自己的时间,如今,是时候改变了,我希望有另一双眼睛,能与我分享所见所想。

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