It Was a Dark and Soggy Night...

Trip Start Jun 19, 2008
Trip End Oct 11, 2008

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Nepomuk's Bed and Breakfast Backpackers Hostel

Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Tuesday, September 9, 2008

From the Black Forest, we made our way to the tiny country of Liechtenstein. After all, how many people can say they have been there? Unfortunately, we learned upon arrival that Germany and Liechtenstein were set to play a football game that evening, and every backpackers' hotel was full. We had no option but to camp. But first, we decided to check out a beer tent and have a couple of brats for lunch. As we sat down to our meal, we heard a twangy country song come on the loudspeakers. Strange, yes. It got weirder. Suddenly, two dozen women in matching shirts embroidered with "Desperadas Line Dancers" (or something like that) took the stage and entertained us with a half hour of line dancing. Let me emphasize the strangeness. Liechtensteinian Country Line Dancers? After that experience, we had to find a place for our tent. We found a campsite outside of the city of Vaduz, and were greeted with a trio of Alpenhorn players (you know, the ones from the old Riccola commercials...). Another strange welcome from Liechtenstein, but the day was nice, so we cheerfully set up our tent in the cool, sunny apple orchard  of the campground. Then, we were off on a drive/hike with great views in the Liechtenstein Alps. It was beautiful, and we even found a HERD of DONKEYS (my very favorite animal)!!! Complete with fuzzy babies and everything. It was exciting, and I probably made Ryan spend waay too much time taking pictures of me and the donkeys...As we made our way back to our car, our view allowed us to watch as dark, ominous clouds rolled in. As we ate dinner at the campground's restaurant, it started to pour. And it didn't stop until 30 hours later. Now, Ryan's tent is "waterproof", but not when it comes to endless downpours. Soon, water was bubbling up from the floor of the tent, and dripping slowly from the roof. Bugs were fighting to share in our "shelter." It was awful, and everything was soon soaked. I decided to sleep curled in the back seat of our car, while Ryan stubbornly stuck it out in the tent, claiming, "It's actually pretty dry. This tent is waterproof!" He had a very soggy night, and I awoke at 7:30 to him shivering, drenched, and knocking on the window to let him in the car. We were both grumpy and sleep-deprived, but we had to make the drive to Innsbruck (in the rain, of course).

We spent our first day in Innsbruck in our hotel room (dry and comfortable), napping, reading, cooking dinner, and playing board games. Yesterday was slightly more eventful. We drove into Germany to see the famous Neuschwanstein Castle (the one that inspired the Disney castle). This castle is gorgeous, but sadly unfinished because the king's taste in architecture was so expensive that the Bavarians plotted and declared him insane. After all, he was threatening to bankrupt the country...Nevertheless, he probably wasn't really insane. But, as these things go, he was "mysteriously" found dead in a lake soon after. Check out the few pictures we sneakily obtained from our tour. Today, we plan to see the Swarovski Crystal Museum, take a gondola to the top of one of Innsbruck's highest Alps, and possibly take a swim in a mountain lake. More soon!
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