Australians everywhere but there are no kangaroos here

Bronwyn
Austria
September 30, 2003

This is a quick post as the internet is expensive and tricky here in Innsbruck. I went to the Swarovski Crystal factory and saw a lot of crystal, an old palace and some other Innsbrucky stuff. Innsbruck is a cool place and I met some cool australians. Two were travelling around in a leased car and keep getting lost. The other two are travelling around by eurail, they just got married and are not liking the seperated boy/girl dorms. I spent a good chunk of last night laughing at crazy travelling stories. One of the australians is even called bronwen. I have even met a local guy, hes kinda old and pops up around the Hofburg. He doesnt speak english but speaks slow german so I can understand. He helps to point me in the right direction. The people in this town are so friendly and they all want to help rather than feeling that they have to. In a couple of days I head to Berlin and hopefully have somewhere to stay thats the plan so far.



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The hills are alive...

Bronwyn
Austria
August 30, 2003

   I have certainly wanted to sing that today. We are in Salzburg, where Mozart was born and The Sound of Music was filmed. The town is really pretty and there are no beggars, which was pretty impressive after Budapest. Everywhere I go I can just imagine Julie Andrews whizzing past me with seven kids in tow. In the hostel you can watch the Sound of Music daily at 10:30 am but we didn't have enough time to watch it (although we should have because Craig didn't know the ending). We did go to some sights in Craig's attempt to make me sing on camera, I hate to disappoint but he failed.

Mirabella Gardens, used in that film

   Salzburg itself is nestled among mountains. On the top of these mountains are castles and I don't mean big houses but castles. Castles complete with turrets and horse entrances and kitchen towers etc. We took a funicular to get to one and then wandered around up the top looking for some rolling green hills (to see if we could see some nuns singing and dancing). We heard through hostel gossip the hills were harder to find that you think, no bus route goes there according to a couple of Australians who tried to find them.

   In Salzburg we found ourselves with the Busabout group again. We happened to be on the same route and we keep running into the same people, they travel by bus, us by train. We can go 300km per hour they can't :)



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  26 Aug
03
 

   We made it to Vienna, a really pretty city but it feels a bit like the same old thing now. To see anything really different we walked down the road and went to the Kunsthaus Wien which is a building designed by Mr Hundertwasser, a painter, poet and architect. In New Zealand he is best known for the Hundertwasser toilets in Kawakawa and this very proud Austrian decided that he wanted to spend more time in New Zealand than Austria. In Austria he is famous, in New Zealand he is barely known. He created an alternate flag for NZ and Australia and stamps for Senegal, the Un and Liechenstein.
Last night we went out for dinner to a place recommended by the hostel staff for large meals and low prices. Centimeters does indeed serve large meals. Our roommate Chris ordered a 2m long sausage, and that's what came to the table. Our food was equally impressive for little more than it cost to cook for ourselves in Amsterdam.

Gotta go running out of $$$ but cool place met cool people.



Hundertwasser

The coolest model village


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