The Donauinsel – a short photographic post

On the Easterweekend my lover and i decided we should admire the wonderful weather and go out for a walk. Where should we go? The parks? naw, not again. Well, let’s go to the Donauinsel and see whats going on there.

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You can see old sailors (Nick Cave’s “Ship Song” started in my head when i saw this man) walking along the danube. I wonder what he was thinking about.

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Not only that, you can find young people too! Of course you can. Some of them are playing instruments. Oh my gosh!

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Film-Noir styled couples escaping the… uhm… evil people, you know, film noir style!
The couple was sweet, seriously. The man waved at us, and got a huge grin on his face. (Who wouldnt with such a boat and nice lady on board?)

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Others simply sit there and ponder. Probably about really interesting things, but asking them would be unpolite, somewhat scary, and surely would destroy the pondering within a second. I like pondering too. And wondering.

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The old ships are funny too. Crows were sitting there, and the ducks kept trying to get on the ship. I can only assume how long those ships have been there without moving a few metres. Poor abandoned ships. Where is the Captain? Gone? Damn.

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Of course dogs are there too. They make it rather impossible to sit in the gras. Why? If you dont like sitting on dog shit, you’d better find a bench or some other seat. Did i mention that i dislike dogs in the city? Well, i do. Very much so. In every park you can be sure to find dog shit. Heck, even on the streets, in front of your door, you name it.

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Romance everywhere! (Besides of the dog shit.)

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There is this place where you can jump around. I guess you have to pay for it, but it sure looks like fun!

The Donauinsel is a quite nice place. Sometimes more, sometimes less.
At least its better than the parks, which i already know way too well. At least the ones near my district.
Sometimes i just need fresh air and the walking around aimlessly, and watching other people and hum a little song.

8 Comments so far

  1. crackerjack (unregistered) on April 20th, 2006 @ 8:20 am

    Why do old sailors remind you of “the ship song”? I mean, this is a love song (about a paradoxal love going sadly wrong) and has nothing to do with old sailors.
    I only ask, because back then, when it was released, “The Good Son” meant a lot to me. Still does.
    The old man on the picture actually looks like Charles Bukowski, if he had visited a rehab clinic and lead a healthy and wholesome lifestyle for the last ten or fifteen years. Moreover, that’s an army-bag he is shouldering.


  2. daniela (unregistered) on April 20th, 2006 @ 8:28 am

    not all old sailors remind of that song. just this one. honestly, i dont know why. probably because its a sad song for me, and the expression on the man’s face was somewhat sad, like he is missing someone or something.
    I know it is an army bag. But for me he is a sailor. he probably isnt one, but for me he is.
    Anyways, i didnt know you like Nick Cave. What’s your favorite song?


  3. daniela (unregistered) on April 20th, 2006 @ 8:30 am

    not all old sailors remind of that song. just this one. honestly, i dont know why. probably because its a sad song for me, and the expression on the man’s face was somewhat sad, like he is missing someone or something.
    I never saw an army bag, and didnt notice it. But for me he is a sailor. he probably isnt one, but for me he is. that doesnt make sense, right?
    Anyways, i didnt know you like Nick Cave. What’s your favorite song?


  4. Ben (unregistered) on April 20th, 2006 @ 8:41 am

    Oh, these are tiny things that I miss a lot about the Donauinsel, and Vienna too, for that matter. What a wonderful way to spend time with a lover. Rock on, my friend.


  5. crackerjack (unregistered) on April 20th, 2006 @ 9:22 am

    @daniela: i couldn’t ever possibly pick a single song from Nick Cave. Even my favorite album changes every time I try to pick it. Nick Cave might be the only artist I am possessive-obsessive about. Which means I buy the albums as soon as they come out. Then I buy the singles to get the b-sides. Then I buy the 3-CD-Box-bsides and rarities compilation in case I missed out on something. I own the CD and single of that stupid moviesoundtrack “I am Sam”, were all kinds of bands play Beatles-Songs, because Cave sings “let it be” on that one. I also buy CDs by Mick Harvey or Die Haut, even if Cave is not playing on them…
    But I think he deserves it.
    If you pin me down, I’d pick “Ship Song” because of me and my wife being young and in love back then listening to that album …
    What would you do?


  6. daniela (unregistered) on April 20th, 2006 @ 9:27 am

    @ ben: Thank you!

    @ crackerjack: i think i hardly own any b-sides. sadly enough, i only have a rather small (at least small if id compare it to yours)collection of his songs. I’d say my favorite one is “Loom of the Land”, because that was *my* love song for a long time, and still reminds me of a breathtakingly wonderful time. Nick Cave is one of the two artists i adore and can listen to for hours without getting bored. the second one would be Mike Patton, even though that a couple of his songs are sometimes too weird to be enjoyed, while Nick Cave manages to make me a bit depressive after countless hours. But sometimes he makes me smile as well.


  7. KazMac (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 7:51 pm

    Hi Daniela,
    For me the Donauinsel is musically linked forever and ever more for that stunning Falco gig in the 90’s. Check out the Live DVD Metbloggers, its brilliant ! I was back in Vienna three weeks ago and took the opportunity to visit the Falcograb at the Zentralfriedhof and yes, I left flowers. God rest his sweet soul. Rock on Neo Rockers. [ And Rock On Donauinsel! ]
    Kazmac, Manchester, England.


  8. Lina (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 12:12 am

    I am crazy about Nick Cave music, and about him too, and I can`t sleep at night or even get up in the morning without his music. It is my only artist opsession, but a bad one really. I live in Vienna, study at the WU, and I love Donauinselfest. So if you see someone in the crowd with Let Love in T – shirt, it`s me. But I will be leaving this place soon, moving to England.



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