Linz: The city of food poisoning

Trip Start Feb 06, 2011
Trip End Sep 15, 2011

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Linz Stanglhofweg Hostel

Flag of Austria  , Upper Austria,
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I think one of the best ways to travel is to go without a set itinerary.  Yes, you may end up spending a bit more because train/plane tickets are usually more expensive when you don't purchase them in advance but the luxury of flexibility is priceless.  I had contemplated purchasing a RTW (round the world) plane ticket before I left home but then I wouldn't have been able to spontaneously fly home for the Stanley Cup Finals or randomly visit friends I had made along the way.  I knew I wanted to cover Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic but I really had no idea where to go after.  A friend I had met on a couple of tours in Australia emailed me out of the blue and asked if I would be passing through Switzerland.  How convenient!  It definitely wasn't on my original list of countries to visit because it is notorious for being ridiculously expensive.  However, free accomodations and the opportunity to see a bit of the country through a local's eyes sealed the deal for me.  Before making my way to the mountainous region, I decided to stay overnight in Linz, Austria.  I've already visited Salzburg and Vienna 6 years ago during my exchange program to the UK so I wasn't interested in going back.  Plus, there was a cheap shuttle from Cesky Krumlov that would take me directly to the city centre instead of taking a much longer route via the train.  

I arrived in the early afternoon and checked into the hostel before taking the bus to the city centre.  After eating a year's worth of meat for the last few weeks, I was ready for a salad!  I ventured to a cafe highly recommended on Tripadvisor for its use of fresh ingredients.  Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed that nobody could speak English in Austria of all places!  I recognized the word "avocado" in the salad section so I figured that would be a fairly safe option.  The salad came with romaine lettuce, lots of avocado, some really foul tasting goat cheese, tomatoes, peppers, and a light tangy dressing.  Not bad for having no idea what I had ordered.  I finished my meal and about half an hour later, I didn't feel so great.  I walked around hoping that it would go away but I couldn't stay upright without feeling uncomfortable.  I took the bus back to my hostel and attempted to take a nap to try and sleep it off.  That didn't work either.  In the early evening, I went back into town so that I could get something to eat but I had no appetite at all.  I had a banana, went back to the hostel, took a shower and finished watching Schindler's List on my netbook.  When I got up to brush my teeth, my gag reflex kicked in when I brushed my tongue and my entire salad came out.  I proceeded to vomit one more time and that that was the end of that.  Good thing my hostelmates weren't in the room!  Of course, I was hungry after that episode and it's impossible for me to fall asleep when I'm hungry so I got absolutely no shuteye that night.  So what was my impression of Linz?  Not much considering I didn't see anything.  For such a clean and proper city, I really didn't expect to forever remember Linz as the city where I got food poisoning.  
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Mat on

Food poisoning sucks. Hopefully you found a candleholder in time!

Lis on

Oh no!! Doesn't sound as bad as that was some bad food poisoning!!

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