... Modling 'Attack of the Wasps'
It's so quiet around here that i manage to have a little lie in before using the electrics a tad longer to write up some more of the blogs. There's a breakdown recovery van here for one of the motorhomes and it makes me think of Bongo as she's doing remarkably well with all of the mountains we've been up, down and around with the short to long journeys each and every day, she's not really had a day off. Once we've done Austria I think it's pretty much flat grounds around Germany, Belgium and Holland so we're on the straight and narrow running home.
We have a clear out of the van (when i say we i mean Ellie watches as i do the hard work), get rid of the smelly waste water and get some fresh in the fridge and sink water tank. When getting rid of the waste, whilst walking Ellie, i threw it into the skip but as i did i think i hit about 20 wasps in there as they suddenly started buzzing angrily away and I did wonder if they would follow us! When we got back to the van there were about 3 wasps in there, wasps are everywhere in Europe in general, but on this site more so coming in to join us for a ride. I swat out the 3 ... oh no wait, make that 5 (!) that are buzzing away and we make our way to Graz for our next stop.
Through the fields, a very narrow road made for one on some stretches, i can see (like i did yesterday) pumpkins just sitting on top of the soil. This part i didn't get as some were just sat there in rows and on some of the rows they were mashed to a pulp. Couldn't quite figure out if the farmers were particularly angry with those ones or thats the way that the crop can start again. Some fields i saw had pumpkins as a whole, and some with them all mashed, all in rows...maybe need to google that one!
Also in Austria i'm finding that at a lot of bridges, each intersection or on street paths, that there is always a Jesus on a cross statue for you to look and pray at. Just everywhere! Then there are the tall trees, the height of a telephone towers, with just the bare trunk and tiny branches up the top with decoration. Not sure what they are for either! Then there are the tennis courts, lots of clay tennis courts and clubs around.
Suddenly as i'm looking out to the surroundings i see a wasp appear on the windscreen. You've got to be kidding as i'm sure that i got them all out when i left, but obviously not. I just don't like them buzzing in a closed space, especially when they go near Ellie as she can't really defend herself and whilst driving i can't brush my hand at them to get them off her. I open all the windows possible and like all other flying bugs when they come across a window they don't understand the difference between the open ones and the glass that you can look through but not go through. Why is it they always want to go through the glass and not through the open ones?!!
So driving and wafting at one wasp to get out of the side windows isn't doing much good and it gets worse as suddenly i see another come down from the top of the main windscreen, there must be a gap to the top bunk of the roof above. Then there's another that pops its head down, and other...turns out I now have 5 wasps buzzing around the main windscreen. Where did they all come from, did they form a nest in the night at the campsite as i'm sure i got rid of the ones in the van before we left?!!
Ellie wasn't too sure what to do either, and i certainly didn't. I closed the windows as when you're going top speed (well 85 kmph in the Bongo!) as they fly to it they get blasted by the wind and back into the van again. Then next, as they went onto the window, i opened them only half way and I managed to get them out one by one, slowly...took about 15 minutes but eventually the attack of the wasps was over and we won 'Game Over'!
We come to Graz and find a parking spot with not too much of a hassle and have a walk to explore this city of which is the 2nd largest city in Austria, second to Vienna. It has a long tradition as a student city, its six universities have more than 44,000 students. and it's old town is one of the best-preserved city centres in Central Europe...that you could definitely see. In 1999 Graz was added to the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage sites...of which part of it took 205 steps to get to it, another climber!! I know this as it pre-warned you before you put a foot on the step, there was a lift a) you had to pay and b) i'm sure my legs will survive as it has done through the training, the marathon and the whole of Europe so far. Did i mention previously that i've run the London marathon?!!
Graz done and we head on back to the car where i see a parking ticket inspector looking at it in great detail, not because my ticket had expired as i was back in time for that, he was just having a good look. Then i saw a cyclist go on by and slow down to do just the same and i guy getting a ticket at the machine nearby...my van certainly does get more attention than it would have been if it was my old TT parked on the side of the street. Into TomTom we put in Oslip which is free to park up for the night but you can get free electrics also so off we went and it amazed me that on the radio, on one particular station, that they had the presenter talking in Austrian but the news lady read it out in English. Didn't quite get that, especially when the news reader had a coughing fit part way through and they laughed about it in Austrian...then as soon as she was coughed out she read in the perfect newsreader way of English to finish it off?!
We got to Oslip and there were no other motorhomes here, not really anyone here in fact and i couldn't see any electric boxes to feed the van, not too sure if it exists anymore as a place to stay so we inputted another place closer to Vienna so we can make an early start there. Off this time to Modling which is by a sports hall and as we go off onto the roads once more it makes me smile when i see a 70 year old on a scooter wearing her helmet but dressed in a dress for the journey, speeding at 20 kmph...if she and the wind picks up speed i'm not sure what you'll see! As i get closer to Modling i look at my phone and i see a text message 'Welcome to Hungary' ... when did i go through Hungary for Vodafone to say 'as a eurotraveller...' etc information?!!? I know we're close to the boarders here but i don't remember going through any sign that i did...oh well, another country i can say i drove through...well kinda!
Getting to Modling and there is a closed gate in which TomTom is saying that we need to get through in order to get to the car park bit...but the gate is closed and there is no other way in. At this point i'm not inputting another place to stay as a) its getting late and b) if things really do come in three's then the next one i'll be doomed at also! So i look at TomTom and i see what looks like a park area just north to where we are so i head towards there. I find a spot with the park over the road to my left and a parking space to the right with street lamps all around so it looks safe enough to park up for the night. Not sure if you're allowed to park up on the streets and sleep but with the screens up and blinds down you can't be sure anyone is in this thing to sleep in. Once settled every now and then i wondered what the light was shining through the top of the windscreen cover as i thought it was the start of thunder and lightning ... but it was one of those smiley or non smiley faces that flashed if you were doing the right speed limit or not. But then then lightening did come as the rain thrashed down once more, don't think they'll be too many people walking, cycling or running past the van now at this time of night with this weather, wondering what a GB Bongo is doing.
Time for bed and i look at the photos, deleted the rubbish ones, and settled into the duvet for the night. Trouble was that when i revisited the day in my head i then remembered the attack of the wasps...was it really 'Game Over' i suddenly thought. In the day they were coming out through the gaps between the roof and the windscreen...are where there others still up there waiting for their time to make an appearance. Suddenly a horror film was formulating in my head, being trapped and stung by wasps. There was a gap open, because of the a latch opening, from the ceiling of the van to the top of the roof to where i was now sleeping...could a swarm of wasps descend down to sting after being angry being so far away from home, away now from their family, loved ones and friends, to a place they do not know and have to start again?! Then i thought of the duvet i just climbed on under...are there some that came into here during the day to sleep whilst it lay in the roof and sticking my feet in it now will disturb them...not sure exactly how much sleep i'm going to get tonight, lets see!!