Route : Gdynia – Pruszcz Gdanski – Wroclaw – Prague – Vienna
Kms : 1,510 kms
Summary of event :
a) Nearly got robbed in Prague!
b) Disco Fever in Vienna
4th September Gdynia – Pruszcz Gdansk (80kms) – We finally made our way out from Barbara and Daniel’s place at 1pm. We were heading to Gdansk to visit Ela and her family. We first met them in the first VW event in Poland we attended back in early June. We stayed with them for a night before we left for Warsaw back then. Ela and her family have been very kind to us. Her daughters (Anna and Eva), her son Andre, her husband and her grandchildren have been very warm to us. I will not forget a saying that Eva quoted to me “Guests at home; God is home”. It has a very powerful meaning if you take time and ponder over this. Of course she put out a spread for us at dinner and for breakfast the next morning. And not forgetting the “goodie bag” for our trip (butter, bread, cheese, ham, plates, cutleries, cured meat, canned food). We took her in the cars and went to the school that she works and it was so nice that we could see her workmates whom she always refers to. We did tear up a bit when we were leaving. She was so glad that we came back to her again and I believe we have a soft spot for her as she is our Polish mama.
5th September Pruszcz Gdansk – Wroclaw (680 kms)- We left after breakfast and headed to Gdansk to visit the town for a bit. When we went back to our parking, Terence’s bus couldn’t start. It was the distributor and he managed to fix it after 2 hours. We were heading to Wroclaw to see Bartek who owns the company called Garbusowy.pl which distributes VW parts. We bought our parts from him when we were in Poland in June and he gave us a good discount. We arrived close to midnight and parked in the petrol station next to his shop. The staff was kind enough to allow us to park here. Its a little noisy, but hey.. we are used to it. I wouldn’t have imagined sleeping in a petrol station if you told me this 1 year ago… So next time, you see people sleeping in their cars in a petrol station with a foreign registrations, please do say hello…
6th September Wroclaw – Prague (340 kms)- We got up early and went to see Bartek. He brought us around his workshop and office. We left at noon and within 30mins, Terence bus stopped on the road getting out from this town. We were stuck in this small town for 2 hours and when it was almost fixed, we had passerby who came to have a chat and also offered us to their place for a shower and lunch! We obliged as we were heading to Prague today and didn’t want to reach late. We took the non toll road and we were driving through the countryside heading to Prague. There were times where the roads were closed for construction but google map still reroutes back to this road when we detour. The roads were bad; I am sure the toll motorways would be better.. Alas… We arrived at Prague late and there was a spot from the app that we have using for wild camping called “IOverlander”. Now, for the first time in this app, this parking was non existent. We were 5kms from the city centre and after driving for 10mins around this area, we found a hidden spot between a construction area and a park; that we parked our cars and slept for the night.
7th September – We got up to the noise from the construction and the workers were just shocked with us and the cars, but we did wave and say hello. We left at 10am and drove into the city to take shots of the cars with the famous landmarks. We then went to our campsite that we found from IOverlander. It was in an island in the Vltava River in the centre. It wasn’t a big campsite, had open concept showers, wifi only worked near the reception, kitchen was old but working but you cannot beat the great location (5kms from the centre). We had lunch and then headed out to the city by ferry. We bought a 30mins travel pass for CZK24. We then hopped on a tram to get to the famous bridge; Karluv Most. We were on the bridge for almost an hour as we lost Terence when he decided to go to the toilet! We then walked around the city and then walked back to the camp site.
8th September Prague -Vienna (380kms) – At appx 2.30am, Terence knocked at our door and Udhaya went out. Apparently, there was 2 guys who were trying to break into Terence’s bus through the front window. He got up and thought it was Udhaya and called out his name, but heard someone else who then said ” Oh ..its no problem..just checking” and they did a runner. They left in a car at the front where there were 4 of them inside. They were after the 2 bags which is ours that we keep at the front of the bus at the passenger seat. There are no valuable there but I guess they didn’t know it. Terence has a “curtain” to cover him from the back of the front seat; but nothing to cover the front windscreen. After this, we couldn’t really sleep as it was windy outside and there were just noises that made us more alert. The next day, I told the management and their comment was “yes, it is a problem”. Really? We left at 2pm and were heading to Vienna. We decided not to take the toll road and drive through the country side instead. It took longer and the roads were not at its best. We arrived close to 10pm and we were staying with Eva’s (Terence friend from Germany that we stayed with) cousin, Christian. Eva was so nice to reach out to her family members who are in Austria and Hungary to open their homes to us. Christian lives 20kms from Vienna (when we were entering Austria, there were signs to Wien and I assumed this is a big city but little did I know then that it was VIENNA!)
9th -10th September (30kms) – We drove on Saturday late morning to explore the city with Nana. We went to Schonbrunn Palace, St Stephen’s Cathedral, Albertina, Rathaus, State Opera and Wiener Riesenrad (similar to the London Eye). When we got back, Udhaya was cooking dinner for us and Christian’s friend, Michael. We were going to Disco Fever night which is held every first Saturday of each month where they play all the 70s and 80s music; held in the city centre. We were there at this large hall with appx 2,000 people and lots of dancing. I have not really “danced” to this era’s music as I was listening to them while I was still <10years old and you can’t really move to these songs. But, we danced the night away (glad that Christian said this is the first that he had danced most of the time in this event!) We finished at 2am and went to grab a snack : Kasekrainer (cheese filed hotdog) and I was surprised that they have “snack” shops that opens till late. We reached home at 3am. The next day, we woke up at midday and I was having a headache which is not due to drinking (I only drank coke in the party), but due to dehydration. Today we relaxed and went out to have typical Austrian food at Beethoven Haus. We had great wine from the region (Austria is famous for its wine) which included the “starter” wine which was like the first press (non alcoholic), second press (alcoholic) and then the real wine. For dinner we had dumplings, Wiener schnitzel, sausages and potato salad. This was a historical place as it was one of Beethoven’s house and it was a big place. We then headed to Kahlenberg to get a bird eye’s view of the city.