Exploring Innsbruck

Trip Start Sep 22, 2009
Trip End Jan 08, 2010

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Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Thursday, September 24, 2009

Im on the train headed from Innsbruck to Munich for Oktoberfest. My time in Innsbruck was absolutely awesome. Im really glad I picked it as my destination “close to Munich that would be good to spend a day in”. I got to my hostel pretty late on Wednesday night and was
soo tired I just went right to bed. Unfortunately, I woke up about 3 hours later totally wired and couldnot fall back asleep until about 5am. It was going to be another day that I
suffered due to lack of sleep. On pure adrenaline I got myself up at 7AM so I
could walk around the city before my guided hike was to begin. Innsbruck is
very small and easy to navigate by map. The main part of the city has a large
river that runs through it and one can go from the center of the city to the
foothills of the mountains in about five minutes….Pretty amazing and totally
different from anywhere in the US. After exploring for about an hour, I met up
with the guide and about 10 other people for a guided hike in the alps. This
hike might have been the deal of the century. It included a local guide, Oleg,
transportation in a nice coach bus to a location in the mountains about 30 min
outside of Innsbruck, hiking boots, a backpack, and a “Innsbruck medal” all FOR
FREE. The other three Americans andAustralians kept wondering what the catch was as we all agreed this would cost
at least $100 at home. Were they going to try and sell us a time share or
something or make us buy something at the end? Apparently not. I guess the Austrains love showing off their
land to foreigners and are more than glad to do it for free. AWESOME! The hike
ended up being around 10 miles and was stunning. It had everything one would
associate with the alp…- farmland, cows, steep mountains, mountain huts, and glaciers. Also, the group I was with was
really cool. Three other Americans two from the west coast and one from Boston,
a brother and sister from Australia, 3 Canadians, and 3 from Japan who kept
holding us up cause they had to take tons of pictures J Our guide Oleg was really nice and has a life I would love to live.
In the summer time he works as a mountain guide taking tourists on hikes and
then takes the winter off to ski and watch his kids while his wife teaches. HOW

After the hike, the bus dropped us off in
town and since it was still relatively early I decided to take the gondola that
goes from the middle of the city up to the top of one of the ski resorts. The
summit (around 10,000 feet) had a nice bar where I had a beer while looking
down at the city. I noticed tons of people hiking down the slopes and despite
already being pretty tired and sore from my other hike decided to hike down as
well. The hike down was pretty steep and tiring and took about 4 hours, an hour
longer than it should of took cause I got amazingly lost trying to find my way
back to the hostel.

When I finally made it back my hostel roommate,
Dennis was there. He’s from Spokane, Washington and as tired as I was got me to
go out with promise of Mexican food. Unfortunately, he couldn’t remember how to
get to it and we ended up eating some pizza which was actually really good.
From there we went to an Irish bar and met a couple Austrailans and hung out
with and had some beers. I called it a
somewhat early night as I was pretty tired from hiking around 15 miles and had
to get up early today to catch my train to Munich and wanted to save myself for

All in all I was very impressed with
Innsbruck and the Austrians. Everyone I met was very nice and wiling to help me
if they were able to understand English.
Not only do the women love the outdoors and adventures as much as the
men, the majority of them are very attractive. At one point I saw a woman
downhill mountain biking and get about 10 feet of air off a jump. I must say a
pretty impressive feat!

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