I Have Confidence in Rain

Trip Start May 24, 2011
Trip End Jul 12, 2011

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Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Sunday, June 26, 2011

Hallo! (Not a typo, that's totally how they say it here!) If I had to describe Salzburg in one word, it would be: cozy. The city is nestled in the Alps, has way fewer tourists than anywhere in Italy, and everything is within walking distance. I have "conquered" so much in these past two days that I don't know where to begin! (Don't worry, I won't share with you every little thing I've done. That would be way too much!)

Yesterday, I climbed up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress. It's this huge castle that overlooks Salzburg and it's one of the largest medieval castles in Europe! The hike was terrible since it was raining and freezing and the walkway was just stones, so I kept slipping. BUT, I didn't fall and didn't even think about turning around. That deserves a pat on the back. :) It was filled with a lot of historical battle stuff which I didn't exactly find fascinating, but they did have this really cool mechanical organ. They call it the Salzburger Stier (Salzburg Bull) and it has more than 200 pipes! Check out the pictures of that baby! Once exploring the castle at the top, I got some great panoramic views of Salzburg with the Alps in the background. So beautiful!

Today, I bought a 24 hour museum card (expensive, but I busted my butt getting to see everything I could for free with the card). Two of the highlights were visiting Mozart's Birthplace and Mozart's Residence. I visited Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Birthplace first and that didn't really have a lot of memorabilia as I thought. In one of the rooms, they just reconstructed how they thought it would look. Um, I think I could do that- just place a piano in the middle of the room with a bench and voilą! Ha. But they did have some locks of his hair. How cool, right? Who wouldn't wanna see that? Kidding! Um... eww! So, a little disappointing, but it's still cool to be like "Mozart popped out right at this spot!!" Haha. Then I continued to Mozart's Residence, which was definitely cooler- even though he only lived there 7 years because he was traveling and performing for over 3000 days of his life!! They had his first piano that he ever owned and I got a picture (so sneaky since pictures weren't allowed!).

All over the city there is Mozart memorabilia. It's insane! I really thought there was going to be The Sound of Music around every corner, but there really isn't. Mozart is certainly the plug here! In the gift shop, they had Mozart COLOGNE, which I thought about getting for my brother, but the scent smelled like the old men at church (which neither of us care for that scent!). One thing that I did find was pasta shaped like music notes and clefs! I wanted to buy it so badly, but I figured I would end up eating it! lol

I'm getting excited for The Sound of Music tour tomorrow!! I just need to make a friend on the trip who will take pictures of me at all the locations!! Any volunteers? :)

P.S. I added my first video, so let me know if you can see it!
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Dad on

Nice Video. Great Job.

Kyle on

I'm glad you didn't get me that old man cologne then. I don't think it'd be appealing to the target age group that I want it to.



Every time I read your blog I smile for the next five minutes :)

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