Trip Start Aug 18, 2008
Trip End Dec 21, 2008

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

So I'll just write a quick entry about Innsbruck. Joe visited this week, so after a few days of being really lucky with Paduan food (he thinks too highly of this city, I chose eating establishments too well and cast too good of a light upon this city :-P), we went up to Austria.

The hotel was a last-minute deal that I was so proud of finding...and then it was not as nice as the pictures. Haha, but it was fine, and it was right around the corner from the very center of town. I ate relatively well...a LOT of sausage. Frankurter brown sausage, Munchner white sausage, currywurst sausage... it seems that's all they eat in Austria... The one thing that I did end up ordering quite a lot though, by choice!, was the frittatensuppe, which is just beef broth with shredded crepes in it. Yum yum. Also, the sausages came with that delicious sweet/spicy mustard that I had in Munich (except the one in Munich was exceptional, and this one was merely tasty, oh what a snob I am with my food).

My blog entries are always all about food!! So I'll also say that we took this obscenely expensive tram and then cable car up the mountains that surround the city. We thought it would be a beautiful view...and then the cable car entered a cloud, and we could no longer even see the ground below us. It was all snowy up there, and about 20F probably. When the sun broke through though, I got a reallyyyyy cool picture of the INTENSELY bright sunlight melting the snow on the benches outside. I'll put that picture up when it's uploaded. Overall, Austria was very beautiful, but Austrians aren't my favorite Europeans...

Anyway, as usual, I really must say that I was very relieved when I was back in Italy. The aesthetic (or lack thereof?) of the German language kind of unsettles me after a while. And of course, what better way to say hello to Italy than by swinging through Trento!!??! So we did. The luggage storage at the station though didn't exist yesterday, so we went to the luggage storage at the bus station (brilliant thought, David!). was BROKEN, and apparently has been for so long that the sign that says it's broken is on top of a sign that has prices in Italian Lira. So we asked at the hostel, and they stored our bags for 3€. Whoohoo.

After getting our bags off our backs, Trento was beautiful. A deliciousssss lunch at a trattoria, a slightly terrifying ride up the cable car, pretty little hike, an impromptu encounter with a local dog (awww!), and a tasty gelato before getting back on the train to Padova.

Ok, more later, ciaociaociaociaociao!
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