Just my luck! I woke up almost as sick as when I was in Rome and Paris, but fortunately I had knowledge and LOTS of unwanted experience on my side. I immediately drank a ton of water hoping that perhaps if I super hydrate myself it would pass. I knew that as long as I only drank water and didn't eat anything I could make it through.Since it was a free day that day I at least didn't have to worry about missing a lecture that could be on the weekly quiz/final. But that also meant that I missed a day to roam around Vienna, one of my favorite cities that we went to.
McCall and Kayla left to explore the cities with their respective groups after making sure I wasn't going to die on them while they were gone. I told McCall to come back before they left for the Prater Amusement park that night, just in case I was feeling better.
It was sort of nice to be in bed all day, just resting up. I was able to start and finish one of the required books we had to read and write about, Night by Elie Wiesel. I had read it back in the 8th grade for English class, so I knew that it was a quick read (a really sad read, but quick). I slept for a while too so that I could maybe be feeling decent enough not to miss out on the amusement park.
When McCall came back to check on me I was happy to report that I was feeling well enough to join her and the others. Since I needed a little extra time to get ready she waited behind with me and told everyone that we would meet up with them there. So grateful for her help!!
We made our way to the big ferris wheel in the park where they filmed one of the most famous movies of all time, "The Third Man", and where one of the characters, Harry Lime said (a famous line) right after exiting the ferris wheel,
Don't be so gloomy. After all it's not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. So long Holly.
^^^ The park at dusk, you can see the ferris wheel in the background.
Before we rode on the Ferris Wheel Dr. D gave us all an allowance for some other rides (the deal with Prater was that admission is free, but it costs money to ride on individual rides), so when we were high enough to be able to see the rides in the park we picked out some of them that we wanted to hit (after enjoying the view of course!).
The first ride we went to was go-karts. Honestly, best go-karts. Ever. In the US there are all these rules that restrict you from hitting the other karts or the sides and if you don't follow that they shut off your car, but in Vienna? They didn't care! We had so much racing each other and knocking our karts into one another! By the end I ended up completely backwards and driving in reverse! The second was just a swings ride, but this one was also better than in the US bc we got to go SO fast and high! Then we went on this mini-rollercoaster that was INSANE! It was definitely the most expensive, but worth it! The safety restrictions are DEFINITELY lower there, pretty sure half of the ride could be near broken and they would run it anyway... but it worked for us! On the way to our fourth and final ride we met up with Martin, who had joined us after dropping his wife off at the airport. What a great guy! The fourth ride was probably the most dangerous because it kind of tossed you around like a rag doll and most of our group complained of hurt necks after. I liked it just because of the sign right outside entering the ride!
We wandered around for a little longer after trying to decide if we wanted to go on another ride or not, but we ended up just going to get fries at this place at the front of the park and then walking back to the hotel.