I arrived to Vienna on Sunday evening. It was late for everything so I went to sleep to my favorite place on Karlplatz, that has approved during the rain as well. I fell asleep around midnight but did not get much sleep and woke up at 4 AM. I was close to school so I heard kids coming for their first day of new school year.
I was hanging out on Stephanplatz when two girls came to me and asked whether I am pilgrim. Well it depends. I am hitchhiking pilgrim. When I told them I look for a place to stay they offered me theirs. I was so happy.
First night Verena and Iza cooked awesome dinner. We spent all night getting to know each other. Second night I went to buy a food and cooked dinner for them. They liked it a lot that I was happy for. Verena is great person who I was enjoying every second with.
Iza is 22. Last year she walked pilgrimage from France to Santiago de Compostela. On her journey she learned a lot. She was also my teacher that I put hat off. I was really shocked of wisdoms that could share a girl that is 6 years younger. She taught me how to love myself. She encouraged me and endorsed my journey. I am very grateful for that. Danke Iza.
It is always nice feeling when you find piece of Czech abroad. Notice of gingerbread heart from Prague.
When knights sat down around “round” table. 8 chairs symbolises 8 countries that joined EU at 2004.
At Quo Vadis I met Peter from Zilina who works there and lives in Vienna 15 years. We spent almost all day talking about how to be free man, how to do things you enjoy and how to find sense of life. He explained me what is the difference between maze and labyrinth. The maze has dead ends and eventually one gets through to other side. Labyrint (on picture) is like entire life. It takes you to the centre although ball sometimes moves away but in the end it comes to the centre. The problem is the most of the people lives in the maze rather then in the labyrinth. He was my teacher on my journey. Besides that he shared his lunch and cake with me. When he gave me a business card he added 10 euros note. Big thanks Peter, you have singed picture, ticket to my public talk and e-book with me.
After 5 great days I leave Vienna and walk to outskirt to hitchhike to Bratislava.
Things like this just happen to me. When I walked to petrol station I encounter fashion show of bans, rolls, breads and pretzels. It looked like somebody stole baker’s van, threw away a cargo and sold a car. By no means I did not refuse such offer and helped myself. Do not worry I left plenty to other hungry hitchhikers that will go by.
Miro gave me lift from Vienna to Bratislava. He works as a waiter. For one year he is in new restaurant and he is very content there. I am happy for him. For the night he commutes back to Bratislava, spends time with his daughter and happily lies next to his wife. Long time ago he also hitchhiked to Prague. He slept under Brno chateau a in Petrin park in Prague. He said that if he had to possibilities or he had no commitments today he would go hitchhiking around the world. He would work on fishing boat for 3 months, get somewhere and for the earned money would slack on the beach. He has a friend in Caribbean that sells beer on the beach. He is open on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday he is closed. Guess why? Well, why would he work if he earned enough money for the rest of the week. Thanks for the lift and nice chat.