Fun Facts about a Fairytale City called Vienna

Vienna is an incredible city!!! Its like a fairytale with its palaces and royal mountains, rolled in a splendid package. From my trip there in 2002, I remember a few fun facts. This time, instead of writing about my time spent here, I would like to talk about its uniqueness.

Ok let me start with the funny, odd and impressive things that I noticed in this beautiful city.

One of its only kind and one of the oldest Giant Wheel is in Vienna, situated in a large wooded amusement park called Prater. It is as tall as 209 ft and is constructed in 1873. The voilently rocking Gondolas give a spectaculer view of the city.

The 209ft Giant Wheel in Prater

We travelled to this really strange part of the town which had a very queer looking building! It looked like a fairytale castle with a mixture of pinks, blues, yeallows, with odd-sized and shaped widows and even a wall which resembled an indoor mountain climbing wall. I kept thinking…is this a fairytale or reality? I guess it was reality called Hudertwasser’s Architecture. Here, everything we saw was to do with World famous classical composers, including Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Schubert, and Brahms.

I kept thinking...is it a fairytale castle or reality? It was reality...its Huddertwasserhaus's Architecture

I always remember this place called the Schonbrunn Palace. I don’t have words to describe it…..lush, manicured, magical, enchanting…..I think I can go on… It was a place I would imagine Cinderella or the Sleeping Beauty must’ve lived. Of course, the pictures do not do justice to the place but believe me….it was one of its kind!

Schonbrunn Palace.....as a chile, I thought Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty must've lived here!

The Gardens of the Schonbrunn Palace

Hungry as we were and having a backpackers budget, we decided to stroll through a dainty flea market called Naschkmarkt to grab a bite. This place had some fabuluos finds like antiques and a few bargain-priced castaways. Some oddsome items like traditional hats, aged leather, retro toys seemed to enthral the crowd. Though I am not a big Kebab person, Bipin and I had a humungous lamb kebab just for Euros 3. It not only filled us up but I always remeber its delectable taste and till date haven’t found its match!

The Kebab of Naschmarkt Flea Market

The aisles of Naschmarkt Flea Market

One of the last things I was told was kids less than six years of age travel on Vienna’s public transportation system for free. Sunday and public holidays also mean ‘free-ride day’ for passengers that are aged fifteen and below. How considerate and incredible!

Quick Tips for Home Office Organisation

A lot of us work from home. For instance, even though I have my workshop, I carry a lot my painting and artwork back home so that I can work at my own leisure and mood. Just a cup of coffee, some good music and the comfort of my home motivates me to do better. There are times when my office space gets cluttered with papers and paints, brushes and catalogue books and it doesn’t help me achieve my agenda. To avoid such clutter, I have gathered a few quick practices and no matter what, I abide by them.

Cables and Wires – what a mess!
a) All the cables that are connected to the computer or speakers or TV can be categorized and bundled up in groups. For example, keep computer speaker wires with stereo speaker wires.

b) Some times you do not need all the cables, hence tag them and store them well. Don’t forget to label the cords that connect different components.

Position of Peripherals

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a)Position your equipment by frequency of use. If the printer is used daily, it should be within easy reach. 

b) When setting up hardware, be conscious of access to drives, trays and cords. Don’t block access to drawers or take up leg room with tangled cords.

Do have an Activity Centre?

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The efficient office should be zoned into activity areas:

a) The Work Area: This is a clear workspace, the computer and frequently used office products

b) The Reference Center: which includes binders, manuals, dictionary and professional books and materials. In my case, my refernce centre is paints and brushes, varnishes…etc. I have a small collection of reference books which I need as and when. Determine your reference area in your study or office.

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c) The Supply Center: This area is widely used. It needs to be segregated very well. This contains office and paper supplies.

Project Files, Reciepts and Rough Work...

a) Create an area for storing your current project files and paper work.

b) Establish a permanent filing system for papers you will reference, but not on a regular basis.