I shared a photo on Instagram and Facebook recently, which featured one of the shops here in town making a face. Not really making a face, looking like a face. (Have you ever seen the Faces in Places collection on Flickr?)
A friend of left a comment saying that she thinks I look at the world differently. Maybe that’s true to a degree. But in the case of faces on things, they just kinda jump out at me. I can’t help it. And once you see it, you can’t unsee it, know what I mean?
I do like roadside oddities, some of which can be weird. And I do look for those. But sometimes, weirdness just happens around me. As was the case on that first day in Vienna. When the four of us saw the weirdest thing I think I have ever seen while traveling. Really. And I have seen some pretty unusual stuff.
Actually, I think it was Annelies who spotted it first. We’d been heading north toward the Prater park, but she and I wanted to see the Danube. Just because. We descended some steps beside a waterway, which we thought was the Danube, but was actually just the Danube Canal. Same water, just not nearly as picturesque as we’d hoped the Danube would be.
We walked for a bit then spotted an outdoor bar/restaurant that we couldn’t pass up.
While sitting there, enjoying some cool beverages, we noticed this boat on the canal.
That’s just one part of the very long Bathing Ship Vienna (Badeschiff Wien), which has apparently been on the canal since 2006. It has a restaurant, bar, and bowling alley as well as the swimming pool and soccer cage (above the pool) you can see in the picture. Soon, you’ll be able to enjoy some urban camping on the deck.
Unusual, but not terribly weird, right?
It’s what was going on inside the pool that had us all scratching our heads. And laughing.
You can click on the picture for a larger version. In case you cannot clearly see the three people in the pool wearing rubber unicorn masks on their heads.
Three people, dressed as unicorns, engaged in synchronized swimming practice, in a pool, on a boat, docked on a canal in Vienna.
It really was the weirdest thing any of us had ever seen
I have no idea WHY they were doing what they were doing. But I’m pretty sure there is a story behind it.
They were clearly practicing for something.
Even funnier, they appeared to have done it before.
It was quite entertaining trying to figure out what they were doing and why.
We never did figure it out. I could have asked them, I know. But sometimes it’s more fun leaving things to the imagination.
Day one was pretty eventful. I hope Day Two isn’t too much of a letdown for y’all.