Mozart´s Hometown

Trip Start Jun 06, 2009
Trip End Aug 31, 2009

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Youth Hostel

Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Thursday, July 30, 2009

I took the train in the afternoon from Vienna to Salzburg and noticed how much darker the sky got the closer we got to the city.  I arrived about dinner time and I didnīt really feel like doing too much. 

So my first day I woke early and was surprised at how good the breakfast was.  They actually had eggs which I havenīt had, in I donīt know how long.  The hostel is kind of a hotel/summer camp mixed.  There seems to be a billion kids running around the place and there all the age you donīt want them to be.  Somewhere between 10-14 years old and they love to scream all night long.  As soon as their parents come to quiet them down, 5 minutes later they are running down the hallway doing the same thing.  I think the Trojan condom company should film a commercial at this place.  Well afterward I headed out in the again gloomy weather and headed to the towering fortress up on the hill of the city.  I made the long walk up and made the money.  As I was paying the money two older Asian woman that I saw at breakfast at the Hostel walked up at the same time.  Not sure how we ended up talking but we ended up walking around the fortress together.  Since they spoke different languages, they could only speak English with one another.  One was from S Korea and I would put her at least 45 years old.  The other from Hong Kong and probably about 40 years old.  The whole time we were walking around the fortress, the Korean one was trying to sink her cougar teeth into me.  It was funny!  I was just thinking how this woman is a total cougar and how she would love to take me back to her cougar den.  Luckily I came prepared.  I brought my cougar spray with me and I fought the beast back!!  Just joking!  They were really nice people but the one was definitely hitting on me.  So sheīs a cougar in my book! I have a certain friend who will remain nameless who digs the cougars, and has been known to go hunting for cougars from time to time.  Afterward we split ways and I decided to hit up a lakes and mountain tour.  The price wasnīt too bad either.  It lasted 4 hours long and took you about an hour away to some pretty impressive lake with mountains surrounding the lake.  There was 2 different towns on either end and we took a boat trip from one to the other.  Both towns were pretty touristy but neat to see.  The towns were really well kept and seemed to be very nice to see. 

My last day there I headed up to a place in the mountains to what is called the "Eagle's Nest."  It is a home high up on the hills that was built by the Nazis for Adolf Hitler's 50th B-day.  I think it was finished in 1939 and was supposedly was one of the most ambitious builds back then because they had to build the roads leading up to the mountain and drill a hole into a mountain.  There was a tour that took you there for 75 dollars but I decided to do it myself.  I left early in the morning because I had to catch that 2:30 train to Zurich or else I was stuck there another night.  Well an hour and a half and 3 buses later I made it there.  I actually only saved about 30 dollars by not going on the trip but made it there just fine.  The ride out there was pretty scenic and the house was actually built in Germany.  When you got to the entrance of the house, you had to walk about 50 meters into this cave and wait for the elevator.  Then the elevator would take you up about 400 ft into the middle of the ex-Nazi home.  When I got up inside of the house, I expected a little more.  It was only a restaurant.  No museum, no Nazi memorabilia, and no stuffed Adolf Hitler goose-stepping!  Nothing but tables as far as the eye could see.  I'm sure as you can tell I was kind of disappointed because I would spend about 6 hours and 40 dollars just to reach the place.  The only that was worth-while was the the view from the top.  The weather was fantastic and the view breath-taking.  Mountains and little towns as far as the eye could see.  Since I was short on time, I could only hang out for a little bit.  It was cool to say that I was there, but if I would have known that it was only a restaurant, I would have probably passed. 
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cwald on

Asian Cougar?
LOL! Interesting combo I must say. Austria does look beautiful. And I agree with many of your perspectives on Art; do we look & like because they were famous artists, or would we still like if the artist were unknown? Then again, their art was so good that's what made them famous. Totally agree about modern art, the scribbles looked like something one of my students would have done on the chalkboard. I don't get it. I remember seeing some of Dali's art in St. Petersburg FL and being in complete awe of his talent. And there's something to be said about seeing the actual paintings instead of seeing them in books and pictures. Especially those really huge ones!


quinn000 on

Well at my age we call a cougar....wait....ummmm...oh crap...I am a cougar!!!! hahahahahaha
Sounds like you are having so much fun! What an experience!!!
Aunti Cougar ;-)

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