Shrinkage and erect nipples

Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Austria  , Vienna,
Saturday, August 7, 2010

We really enjoyed Salzburg but it was time to move on to Vienna. Before leaving Salzburg we went to the 'Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves' – the worlds largest being 42km in length.  It was a 20min walk just to get the entry ticket then another short stroll to the cable car which took about 3 min to get us 500m up.  From there it was another 20min walk uphill to the entrance of the cave.  By this stage we were both ready for a nap!  It was zero degrees inside the cave so this time Trav wasn’t in shorts and t-shirt....we both rugged up!  Here’s something weird for you... people were taking their dogs with them!  And it was allowed!  Why would you take your dog into an ice cave!  Absolutely stupid!  Plenty of dumb people here that have plenty of brain fart ideas!  700 steps into the icecave (1km) and 700 steps back out (another 1km). They didn’t allow photos to be taken inside. When they open the huge doors to the icecave you are hit with a blast of strong cold wind.  It took our breath away. Something to do with the warm air outside going up into the caves, forcing the cold air out.  The ice in these caves is really old, and entry can only be made for about 6 months of the year. Thru winter, it is too cold. The ice changes every year, due to the melting and freezing of the water. So an ice feature known as the Elephant does not resemble it that much anymore. Might be time for a name change. Each year when they open the cave for the first time, the tour guides get excited to see how its changed over the winter season. We were given candle-lit kerosene torches, and the guide lit up strips of magnesium to illuminate the cave – so was a bit of an explorer’s atmosphere!  We made it to Vienna by 8pm.  We were buggered. 
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