Annual Summer Carnival
Story & Media: Ben Rubin
While riding through Austria last month on my trusty river bike, I ended up stopping for a night in Hollabrunn - a small town between Prague and Vienna. I had contacted a guy there through couchsurfing who happened to be outta town, but he had this friend who he had traveled with that could put me up for a night.
After some dead ends and delays, I end up biking in the rain - in the dark - on the side of this highway for a few hours...basically sharing the road with 18 wheelers and counting the kilometers until Hollabrunn. Bad idea. Finally, I get there, lock up my caravan and meet up with Kilian, his sister, and her friend who are heading to some local carnival that happens every summer in town.
The carnival was crazy - full of these americana themed rides that seemed even more strange surrounded by flocks of wasted lederhosen-clad Austrians dancing on tables.
Lucky for me, after a few Austrian beers this bizarro-world ended up being just the right scene to shake my memories of my treacherous journey into town.
Almost a month down the road, I just got a message from Kilian that he is on his trip and made a blog for his travels. Looks great, and he has some amazing adventures ahead - check it out and follow his journey!
Blog Von Kilian