The secret of Nhim.

Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
Trip End Apr 10, 2011

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Flag of Austria  , Lower Austria,
Sunday, August 8, 2010

The rain came in hard again and we were only really interested in finding shelter from it. Turned out we spent way too much time in Macdonalds on the net. But as we pressed on further down the Danube we got to see more cool castles along the water.
When we entered Melk we beheld the awesome cloister on the hill and decided to camp so that we could explore it in the morning. While we were stopped somewhere we got to watching two emos, the girl was dressed in a complete yellow Pikachu costume. As we watched them we noticed the emo boy break down crying. We think they were breaking up. I'd hate it if Pikachu dumped me too.

The next morning we were lucky to see sunlight and blue sky. It let us explore the town, luckily it was another free parking Sunday so we got stuck in.
The Stift Melk is a humungous baroque cloister that is bright yellow. Inside was a spectacular church as you can imagine. This place is considered the spiritual centre of Austria.

While driving along the Danube we entered the Wachau region which is famous for it’s apricots and wines. Not to mention the awesome schloss lining the hills. There were great ruins to see all the way along. We bought some apricots too, really small as far as apricots are concerned, but OMG, tasty.

We hit up the next town Krems which was so very underwhelming, we spent a lot of time wandering around waiting to see something that would impress us but it just never happened. The gate was nice though (Steiner Tor).

When we finally got onto the Austrian romantic route on the opposite side of the river we were thrilled to finally be back on the right road, and then it ended almost immediately. Joel told Jena that "all strasse ist romantisch wit du" . She replied “Zehr gut”, and then we high fived.

We got to an outskirt town of Vienna called Kloster Neuburg, which has a fantastic Augustinian cathedral and cloister. We searched for a park-platz and found one high up on the hill next to what looked like a nature reserve. We fed an abandoned bunch of white mice and a sick grey gerbil. They were living in the bushes and it looked like they had just been deserted by their owners. We wonder how well white mice will fare in an owl infested forest? We gave them half a loaf of bread with some honey on it to give them a good head start.

Oh, and then there was this mole next to the van that was digging. Awesome stuff.
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