Himterglemm- the low down

Trip Start Dec 11, 2012
Trip End Oct 17, 2013

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Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Sunday, December 16, 2012

Now that Raphaela has introduced to you our kitchen staff and co-workers, I think it's about time to get the low down on our new snowy home for 4 months: Saalbach Hinterglemm.

What: a ski resort nestled 1200m in the austrian mountains, with houses in an old german style that would look kitchy anywhere else but here.It also has 200km of ski slopes (we are currently confined to the only 2 bunny slopes, together with hundreds of 4 year olds, who all ski better than us).

Where: I think you might've caught on to this one....Austria.

People: population 3000, bed space for 30 000. The few people that do live here are generally friendly, even if you cant understand what they're saying, due to their heavy austrian accent. Nevertheless, we're pretty sure that what they re saying is friendly. Or thats what we tell ourselves. Lederhosen are also widely accepted as a replacement for that thing we call jeans.
The tourists on the other hand have replaced jeans with skipants. Yes- those icky waterproof pants, which give you those oh-so-sexy sausage legs. Last night Raph and I found ourselves out of place at a bar, as we belonged to the minority of the people there that were not wearing swooshy skipants.
Due to the "Rave on snow" which has been happening the last few nights, Hinterglemm has been taken over by raucous drunk boys traveling in large groups- best avoided.

Nightlife: hinterglemm has about 2 "disco's". Both have never heard of Dubstep, nor good electro music. Instead we are subjected to german pop songs (like the ever popular DJ oetzi) and music that made its course a good 10 years back (when was the last time you heard "Time goes slowly" by Madonna?).

So, hard pressed for choice, Raph and I decided to go to Tanzhimmel yesterday after work. Picture this: to the right we have the bar. A little construction with a wooden roof, the ceiling painted blue and a big fake tree in the middle (yes, a fake tree in a club).
After a hard days work, we decide to splurge and have one drink each. Now 14€ poorer, we start bobbing to Mambo number 5. Cue drunk guy... Once he had asked us 5 times where we were from, because he still wouldn't believe we were from "Aaaafrika", Raphaela gave up and told him we were from Duesseldorf (a city neither Raph, nor I have ever been to). Next We politely told him to go away and turned our backs to him. When that didn't work we rudely told him to go away and turned our backs to him. After this method had also failed, I resorted to telling him about our "boyfriends, who will be very angry if they see us with him", Raphaela took the less subtle route by taking him by his shoulders turning him around and shoving him away. However, the night was salvaged by meeting people who actually believed that we were from south africa and a bit of Macarena dancing on the street.

Today we woke up to our free day. (Well, i woke up to Raphaela already checking how many blogviews we have). When faced with the "what to do today", we found ourselves rather clueless. No work? What do people do when they don't work?
Thus we resorted to breakfast. And lunch. And coffee and cake. And of course dinner couldn't be missed, even though neither of us were actually hungry.
Our hotel food is pretty good. But in true austrian style, veggies and fruit seem to be a foreign concept. (i over exaggerate- a strawberry was used as dessert decor; and apfelstrudel does have apples in it). Hence we decide to be healthy and buy something a little extra at Spar. Yet, here we are faced with the student dilemma. 4 apples cost €3, whereas a bar of Milka chocolate is only €1 ..... You see the dilemma. Not wanting to make such difficult decisions on our free day, we promptly bought both.

We did, however, manage one productive thing today. Raph and I are now proud owners of a skipass and a pair of rented ski's each. At least now we know what to do on our next free day. Bunny slope, are you ready?

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Inga Hitzeroth on

Leider funktioniert das "notify me when the blog is updated" nicht. Schade

Brigitte on

Glad to see you arrived in Hinterglemm. Enjoy and explore.
Love Brigitte



aquirkybunchof2 on

Having seapony withdrawel symptoms...

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