36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 248: Strassebahn traffic jam


Vienna 1971—A Student Journal
A year of music, study, travel, sightseeing & friends.

Day 248 — Strassebahn traffic jam
06-April-1972 (Donnerstag–Thur.)


Strassebahn cleanup

Practiced and spent time in El. Musik but didn’t get much done.

Saw a funny thing today. On way back home, there was an accident by the opera, and a strassebahn was involved. From that point back, the strassebahns were backed up past the Parliament. Quite a distance and quite a few strassebahns.

Went to see
An Italian in Algiers at the Volksoper. Herr Gabler played very well. The opera was very funny because it was so dumb with all of the mädchen running around in the harem. There was more use of the opera glasses tonight. Afterwards, went out for a drink with Herr Gabler, Hamel, Mike, and Jean-Pierre. Good discussion.


Traffic jam. Today included an unusual sight to see. I don’t mention the public Vienna strassebahns very often, but they are a wonderful form of transportation. They are the street cars, electric cable cars, so common to European cities (and San Francisco). It is such a great form of travel. Step on, travel, step off. Rarely do you get held up in traffic because cars are not allowed in the strassebahn lanes. I’m not certain if that is the case today. Regardless, today there is an accident and the strassebahns are backed up from the Staatsoper to the Parliament building. That’s quite a distance.

The opening photo shows a worker doing a bit of cleanup in the strassebahn lane. I remember being surprised by the thatched broom.

In Algiers. Tonight, it’s a light opera at the Volksoper, Rossini’s An Italian in Algiers. It looks like lots of hamming it up and girls running around the stage (thus the opera glasses). My horn teacher, Prof. Gabler, is first horn and plays really well. We go out for drinks with Prof. Gabler, Hamel, Jean-Pierre, and Mike G. It looks like we have a good discussion.

While I don’t remember our friend Hamel, Mike G. was always at the forefront of our group of friends in Vienna—he knew the concerts to go to. I am fairly certain that I found Mike on the Internet. I’ll send him a letter soon—wouldn’t that be amazing!


Vienna Volksoper in Wikipedia
L’italiana in Algeri in Wikipedia


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