No matter how hard I try, I seem to still go into a new city with certain expectations already in place. For Vienna, then, I was assuming there would be music/coffee/schnitzel/beer.
If I were to try to guess where in the world I might come across autonomous fighting robots, Japan would be right at the top of the list. Vienna? Quite close to the bottom.
Imagine the surprise of all, then, when a group of Polish engineers mentioned that they were in town for the RobotChallenge 2012. Midst a clamor of popular demand, they even brought two of the battle-bots down to have a go at each other right in the middle of the hostel bar.
See that moment where the robot rights himself and seeks out an enemy? That was the moment we were all doomed. Robot Apocalypse 2015!
(There’s a bit of foul language in the video, FYI. You shouldn’t let your children watching the beginning of the end, anyways.)
This, my people, is why I stay in hostels. Not for the dorm beds or shared showers. For the robot wars under the pool table in the bar.