I gave up on blogging toward the end of my Europe trip. I didn’t really have much time in those last few cities. Also, I didn’t get to upload many pictures on here from my trip. Now that I’m back to work and nothing really goes on here at work, I have found some time to share some of those pictures with anyone that cares to see them. So here goes…
That trip was the most memorable and amazing experience I have ever had (aside from being there when Auburn won the National Championship)! We moved so fast it is all still kind of a blur but between me and the other 7 girls, I’d guess we have around 5,000 pictures to bring back all the memories!
June 1st Austria is beautiful!!! I want to live in Innsbruck. Our bed and breakfast little hostel things was precious. It included a little breakfast at the cafe next door. We started the day walking to a bike rental place and checked into renting bikes. The guy told us about different trails and the gondola that goes to the top mountain. We thought about going all the way to the top and biking down but everyone said that is for like professional bmx people. So there was a lower stop that we ended up choosing. Even the low stop was really high up. Beautiful scenery. We ate at a little restaurant and rode our bikes around a little. Molly Anne wrecked her bike at one point on a bridge. She was fine but we’re all pretty rusty on bikes. It was funny. On the way down the hill we took the road so we had to avoid cars. The hill/mountain was super steep so we were going like 30 mph. I was scared for my life a few times. Great times. We got back to town and turned in our bikes then shopped a little. Dinner was at a Austrian nice restaurant. Several of us had sea bass with truffle risotto. Amazing!!! We went to a bar after and had bottles of wine and one shot of Absenth (which is illegal in America). There was a table of guys sitting next to us and the showed us how to make the shots the “Austrian way” We filled a spoon with sugar, dip the sugar in the apsenth, pull it out and light it on fire. Let it burn until it burns out the melt the sugar into the shot of Absenth. Super fun but it tasted like liquorish gasoline. The guys invited us to another bar with them so we said we’d go if they paid for our drink bill. One guy forked up 80euro of a 130 euro bill. Pretty awesome. We went to some beer garden type club which was far away and through a creepy park in the dark. But we were fine. We stayed there for an hour or so. Then walked back to the bed and breakfast.
Great times in Austria! We sing The Sound of Music songs everywhere we go. It’s great!!
May 31st It is indescribable how beautiful this place is. Our train ride from Munich into Innsbruck was amazing. Huge mountains surrounded us the whole way. I wanted to nap but I couldn’t stop looking out the window. But before I get into Austria I should say something about how we went to Dachau this morning before we left Munich. We spent a good 3 hours touring the Dachau concentration camp. It was overwhelming to say the least. We walked all over it for a while then they showed a video inside on the the bunker rooms. I couldn’t help tearing up watching that videos. Being I’m that place where tens to hundreds of thousands of people were murdered just overwhelmed me with sadness. We even got to go in to the gas chambers (which were fake showers) and the furnace rooms where they burned the bodies. Its unfathomable what happened to those prisoners. I’m so glad I got to experience that. The pictures I have which I’ll post when I get back home can just speak for themselves.
Ok back to Austria. I am in love with this place. It is exactly how I would want any little European town in the mountains to look. Historical and beautiful. All the building are different pastel colors. All restaurants have tables outside on the cobblestone terraces. It’s just amazing. Our little bed and breakfast we’re staying in is also precious. It’s very homey and in a good location. We’re sleeping with with huge bay windows open tonight. Opening out to the little square…which dies down around 9:30 or 10. We are dinner at a recommend Italian place called Mama Mia. Pasta and calzones…all delicious. Then got apple strudel and coffee at a little shop. Tomorrow is bike rides all day!!