Trip Start May 15, 2006
Trip End Sep 29, 2006

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Not much to say so far about Innsbruck. I spent most of my day on the train coming here from Vienna. Again, it is so nice to be back in Western Europe with efficient and fast train travel. I checked into my hostel which certainly isnt the nicest place but it is the best located hostel in town and it isnt too expensive. I walked around, checked out the town, and now I am heading back for some much needed sleep. Tomorrow I am going on an all day guided hike that is offered for free to anybody who stays in a hostel or hotel in town. What a cool plus that it. Ill put more up when anything more to talk about happens.

Day 2
So more to talk about has happened. I spent today on a free hike up into the mountains of the Austrian Alps. Innsbruck offers the coolest service where they provide you with a mountain guide, free bus transportation, and even free hiking boots to go hiking around their town. I don't know how much this kinda thing would cost anywhere else but it was nothing but high class. The buses are coach cruisers, the guides are very knowledgeable, and the hike is absolutely gorgeous. I went with a French Canadian from the hostel who had taken these hikes for the last couple of days and we met a couple of cute Australians on the way to the hike. We took the hour bus ride to the base of a mountain and spent the next couple of hours hiking up to a 600 year old church/restaurant on the top of this mountain. We stopped for a great lunch cooked by one priest who runs the church and the restaurant and then headed back down the mountain for the end of our hike. It was so nice to get up into the fresh air of the alps again and recall the beauty that I witnessed 3 months ago in Switzerland(minus the snow).

After the hike, I met back up with the Aussie girls and we all went out to dinner at a good Italian place in Innsbruck before going out to a movie. Yes, I did it, I saw Snake on a Plane and loved it. It was one of the first movies I have seen in English in months and I enjoyed every minute of it. Afterwards, I said goodbye to the girls who had an early train ride the next morning and headed back to the hostel. I met another traveller from Seattle and we decided to go out and talk about our hometown over a drink. Innsbruck isn't known as a big party town and it showed. We went out at 9:30 and found the one open bar in town to have a drink at. It was fun to catch up with another guy from Seattle(he went to SPU and works at Microsoft) and recall memories from our hometown. I haven't met many travelers from Seattle and he hadn't met any so that made for a somewhat interesting night.

The next morning I woke up and left the lame hostel to catch and early train to Heidelberg. Ohh, I almost forgot to complain about how lame the hostel was. I had great luck with a cool hostel in Vienna but recently, I have struggled with housing options. This hostel was dirty, as you could probably tell, and the breakfast was horrible and the staff was SOOOO RUDE. I have never met a hostel manager who won't even turn around to answer a question you have or won't even answer a question and will just point to a piece of paper that has his answer on it. I asked him where the internet cafe was and he wouldn't even respond, he just thrust a piece of paper in my face and turned around. it really that hard to be nice? Ok, enough with the hostel rants, I had enough to rant about at the next hostel to let this one off the hook.
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