Trip Start Apr 24, 2007
Trip End Jul 25, 2007

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Friday, June 8, 2007

Austria. Home of the cow, land of the free.

It is our last day in Austria and the sun shines down on charming Vienna as if to mock us for opting out of camping. Innsbruck, though not a beautiful city, has a delightful old town area and is surrounded by the stunning Austrian Alps. Which we climbed. We had a chance to play in snow, which is really the only reason for going to the Alps. Salzburg, home to Mozart, is a most agreeable place. Be prepared to pay double for anything with ´Mozart' included in the title. I caught a cable car to the top of Untersburg mountain where the panoramic views across Salzburg and surrounding towns were astonishing, then I got quite absorbed in a mountain trek which cured my fear of heights. In fact, we have done so much I can't be doing with writing it all down. Look at the photographs, a picture paints a thousand words apparently. Vienna is not as beautiful without Julie Delphy, although it is sweeter for the absence of Ethan Hawke.



 In Salzburg we stayed in a campsite run by the Austrian Mafia but it must be said that they were very friendly towards us (it MUST be said). A particular thanks goes out to ´Don Schnitzel´ who cooked us much food.    

Having spent a good nine days in Austria I feel I am now in a position to divulge a little information on the true meaning of certain phrases used in common parlance. Should you ever visit I hope the following translations will be of use to you:

The word ´authentic´ means ´with´ (as in: ´´Mozart T-Shirts, Authentic Signature´´).

´For you, my friend, 2 Euros´ means ´We will discuss the price further when my associates arrive´.

´´Ya ya, you follow path then near top you must take route straight up ski slope, it will be fine´´ means ´´There is a perfectly walkable path to the summit. DO NOT at any point walk up a ski slope or certain death awaits you".  

And in Internet cafes ´1 Euro an hour´ means ´We will discuss the price further when my associates arrive´.  So I must now stop.  

Nick -x-
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some_other_sky on

*baffled blink* they're all crazy - crazy I tell you! Nick haggle!! And if they won't, get chris to yell 'This man won't haggle?!' in an accusing monty-python-esc timbre! Never under-estimate the power of Chris's scene-making abilities!
Miss you both!

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