JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

City Bike Program in Vienna

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So today I got to have my first experience with the City Bike program.  I had to pick up my ceramic creation I painted on Saturday, which was in the 9th district.  Since I was helping Debbie set up her new Facebook account, I got to go with her and use the City Bike program.  From the way I understand it, you pay only 1 Euro per year to sign up and with that you can use the bikes all around the city – and there are MANY locations all around for drop off and pick up.  Your first hour is free, and time beyond that costs a little more.  However, if you wait 15 minutes between rides, you can get to use a bike for another free hour. You get a bike by putting your card into the kiosk and selecting the corresponding number of the bike you want.  Then the machine releases the bike for you.  When you return it to the same or another kiosk, it reads your bike electronically and accepts it back.  If you’ve had your bike longer than and hour, you will be charged more on your account.

Debbie’s apartment is just down the street from mine, so we picked up our bikes just off of Taborstrasse.  We then worked our way through the streets until we got to the canal.  After crossing the bridge into the Inner City, I got to have the full taste of urban bike riding.  Bear in mind that I hadn’t ridden a bike in years.  And even though you never forget how to ride, I was someone who had always done my bike riding in the country or small town areas.  I had never ever ridden in the city.  So it was a bit of a rush to have cars all around you while you’re riding in the special bike lanes.  I let Debbie lead, as she’s been quite used to riding in the city.

The first drop off location we came to was full, but there was another just a few blocks up the street.  After that, it was only a couple blocks walk to the ceramics store.

I can definitely say that if I was staying here longer, I would absolutely get my own City Bike card.  It’s super cheap and super convenient.

Me and my City Bike along the canal

Me and my City Bike along the canal

City Bikes along the street

City Bikes along the street

City Bike Kiosk

City Bike Kiosk

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Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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