A massive day
Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
97Trip End Feb 02, 2011
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So today, we woke up especially early compared to our usual schedule. We - Flo, Andrea, Felix and I, had a lot of planned for today, everything opened for Summer today so what we had wanted to do over the week we had to do in two days. And it was the perfect day, warm and a clear, sunny sky.
Our first destination was an Open-air Museum. This place was a village of historic houses. As you walked though the village you were able to see how people from different areas of Austria built differently and how their building styles progressed over time
A friendly lady working there in the canteen as a cook was baking some bread in an outdoor wood oven. She showed us inside the oven and sold us some fresh warm bread and strudel.
At two o'clock we rushed out of the museum and to Peggau bei Graz, to visit the Lurgrotte cave. Here we met some of Flo's family who we had met before at dinner, and also Florian and Karen, two very nice friends of Flo. We had a tour guide with us who did the tour in German, so I didn't understand much but Felix, Flo and Andrea translated some interesting parts for me which was good. This cave was very special I think because there were parts with big, ancient stalactites and stalagmites and beautiful formations like candle wax and also parts where it was just rock, but polished silky smooth by the water that floods through every year
After the cave we stopped at a little cafe and had some seriously creative ice-cream Sundays from a very extensive menu. Florian and Karen told us about a place they visited in Norway called Lofoten and a beach there where many whales go to die. Here they had seen massive whale skeletons lying on the sand and picked up a single vertebra the size of a 4WD tyre. As soon as I heard about this I wanted to go there, I absolutely love whales. My dream is to see one, to find a piece of bone would be really special for me. Apparently they smell to high heaven though and the beach sometimes is covered with a blubbery, green slim with a smell that never leaves anything it touches. I'm not sure Korean Air will let me take a rotting piece of whale bone on the plane and I'm sure Australian customs won't think much of it either. They also said when a dead whale washes up, if it was left to rot on the beach, it would eventually explode from the gas made as it rots and the smell throughout the whole town would be unbearable
When we got home, we only had time for a fifteen-minute powernap to recover from a flat-out day before we had to leave again to go out for dinner. It was supposed to be a surprise from Flo and Andrea for my 21st Birthday because we had been there earlier in the week and said how we would like to go there, but we accidently found out. It was an Indian Restaurant called the Taj Mahal, it was more on the expensive side but the food was amazing. I recommend it to everyone. Felix and I had a mini banquet that gave us a many different things. What I really like about this meal was it that is wasn't just typical Indian curries. We had slices of chicken with very different spices on the outside, baked cheese, samosas, two different soups and curries, naan, sweet rice, mango ice cream and something that was supposed to be cheese but was not like any cheese I have tasted before, in a sugar syrup. Everything was wonderful, I absolutely love Indian flavours.
Brimming with dinner we left the restaurant and went to play some pool, while we were getting very tired and my feet were sore from standing all day. Flo really loves Reggae and we have been listening to lots of this music with him so I wanted to come to this party even though I felt a little out of my comfort zone, that is what we are here for to try new things and experience something different and challenging. At first I was freaked out by the totally unselfconscious (or/and totally wasted) people dancing by themselves like crazy hippies (because they were), but after Felix set an example and told me about twenty times how I needn't worry how I looked, nobody cared how they looked let alone how I did, I started to really enjoy the music and not feel quite as worried.
Sensibly we left at a sensible hour and were able to land a massive day gently, rather then crash. It was a huge but great day, I fell asleep happy the moment I lay down.