Finally, I think I’ve caught up on all the things we’ve done in May… well, notable things, that I can scrape to remember.
You can read it beginning here: A tale about an Island
When you get to the bottom of the post, click the next blog on the right hand corner and you will be transported to the next entry. Once you end up in June, then you know you’ve read all of May.
Highlights include our tour of Wangerooge, seeing many cultural things in Wilhelmshaven, and our roadtrip to Vienna, Austria!
The drive from Salzburg to Vienna was relaxed and easy. We were lucky, or at least we felt lucky, that we got an extremely convenient car park across the road* from the apartment we were staying in.
Our host was nice, turns out she was actually going to be absent for the whole time we were there. She’s one of those young, free Germans (yes, she’s a German living in Austria), who has studied and travelled and discovered India and some Mysticism and does Yoga and drinks Tea after her Meditation. Still, she’s nice and not being there, allowed us more freedom, we felt… making her nicer…?
A thing of note for those learning to speak German, Austria has a huge advantage for you! It’s like talking English with Canadian, it’s slower, possibly clearer. I found the people of Austria easier to understand than the average German I talk with. Another thing of note is that the population of Vienna is about a third of Berlin, you have less traffic on foot and in a car.
Our host gave us a list of recommendations, this matched some things from Trip Advisor, which she also recommend. I got in touch with my old mate, The Oats Guy from Denmark, the man himself, Mathias! He’s been living in Austria, and if he was anything like I moulded him into during our time in Berlin, he would know what was up. I was a little disappointed, he and his girlfriend had huge exams in the next few days, so we’d only meet the once. He also defaulted to Trip Advisor for places to visit.
So we did.
There’s a huge semi-permanent market, food and otherwise, near the river/canal of Vienna. Many of the restaurants are highly recommended. It was interesting in that the higher recommended ones were “Oriental”, that meant they were either from an area from the old Persian world, through the Middle East and even included Asian cuisine.
This was to be the meeting place of Mathias. He brought his girlfriend along and turns out that he couldn’t get enough of Australians that he had also collected another one, who came along too. We ate, we drank, talked literature. This impressed Ingrid a little bit.
We didn’t get to go to the Opera or Theatre like we wanted to. Unfortunately nothing was on offer that we could afford or were interested in.
*We ended up getting a parking ticket, but after 2 days of free parking, we were well ahead. We didn’t know that we weren’t supposed to park there or weren’t allowed to park there, or whatever the rule is that we broke. The universe obviously smiled on us a bit, I mean the car could have been towed…
The drive to Salzburg from Nürnberg was quite easy, which was nice considering the night we had before… Salzburg was, at first, a complete let down. It looked like an uninspired town that was beginning to fall apart, it was left behind and degrading. While driving through, it made us wonder why we’d decided to visit. Had we got the town name wrong? We parked the car and walked for a bit.
Near the water, all was revealed!
It was beautiful, it was elegant, the sun shone over grandiose architecture and reflected off the water, into our eyes that were wide in disbelief. It’s like a border has been created and passed it was all the money. We were really impressed and quite quickly forgot about our impression upon arrival. Now we wanted to see and taste more.
We across the bridge infront of the castle and looked for somewhere to eat. There was a little alley with a few restaurant doors at the beginning, so we headed that way. As we neared a Beergarden was revealed to us and the decision was final. We had to eat and drink there. This would be the first Austrian Beer in Austria (it’s actually, as far as I can recall, my first Austrian beer). It was a bit of a let down. I don’t know what I was expecting but there wasn’t much flavour at all. It was still relaxing and sitting there, watching the people and enjoying our meal, we were looking forward to the rest that Austria had to offer.
I don’t think we did much else in Salzburg other than soak in the sights and sun for a while. We still had to drive the rest of the way to Vienna!