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Freewave in Vienna and Google Maps

I’m going to be in Vienna in May and I was looking at the wifi situation as our rental apartment does not have broadband. Why searching around I discovered Freewave who provide free wireless internet. While hunting out hotspot locations in Google Maps, I discovered I could create my own map. They are even searchable. Very cool.

Would be even cooler if I could layer maps. So combined other people’s maps, my unlisted private maps, etc. So I could combined say a list of cafes I like, against a set of cafes I’d like to try. Or a list of interest locations vs a walking path I want to take.

Update: Another free wireless in Vienna page.

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My partner has family in Orebic. I’m sure looking forward to visiting.

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We’ll be visiting here next time I’m in Vienna: Zanoni & Zanoni.

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Broadband in Zagreb and Travel in Central Europe

Back in the polite surfeit calm land of the Brit, I can contemplate the smoky dens of eating and a constant need to argue; just a little bit.

A vegetarian travelling in the modern era usually discovers the most difficult thing is finding a place to eat where the meal beast is not as common as wheat and people don’t have trouble understanding the exact mean of “I eat no meat” (wo bu chi rou). Yes, that means no fish. While in snow-bound Central Europe this time, instead the most difficult thing was the combination of central heating and smoking. Pretty soon just the smell of heat was sufficient to create the feeling of being surrounded by several tables of smokers in a small oily room.

Maybe the essential oil of smoke had embedded itself into my nose hairs.

The best value though, was finding comfort in the joys of my new snow jacket, while discovering the four borders on the midnight bus between Zagreb and Vienna. I guess with the European borders about to move, low-traffic night time is a great time to practice border control computer skills.

Doesn’t help much with sleep though.

Final word on ADSL in Croatia, seems that being owned by Germans and having a monopoly means that only Siemens modems work for DSL in Zagreb. Shame they don’t tell you that at the computer store when you are buying a Netgear Wireless ADSL Router. Instead after several days of trying, phoning, asking and tinkering, you then find a second hand Siemens SE515 that just works.

Maybe New Zealand Telecom isn’t so bad after all.

Got to go for the cakes though!

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Snow in Croatia. Sve najbolje!

I’m traveling in Croatia at the moment, it was pretty snowy when I arrived. Unfortunately due to some personal stuff, we missed out on the mountain spa resort town, Bled. So its only traveling Croatia and Vienna this time.

Sve najbolje! All the best for the New Year.

Snow in Croatia

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Where I’ve been

Joining the meme, here is my travel map.

You can create your own here.

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Mljet Flashback

Is nice when one of your friends throw something from up the past.

I enjoyed a night or two in this House No. 611 in Babine Kuće, on Mjlet, five years ago less a few weeks.

See this galley for some pictures.

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Bulgarian Background

Reading Bulgarian Background, by Bernard Newman. Travelogue published in 1961 about the authors journey though Bulgaria during that period. The two main monasteries, Rila and Bachkovo, sound like interesting places to see. One particular comment about a bicycle journey down the Danube has inspired maybe a holiday next year. Cycle tour though Austria and maybe a long term plan to cycle the whole way around the Black Sea. The later is definitely something that requires some planning.

Anyway the book is quite interesting, provided me with some insight into the Balkan history from the Bulgarian point of view.

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I was just thinking back five years, it would nice to be this care free again.


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