My day of rest, for real
Trip Start Aug 16, 2009
44Trip End Sep 30, 2009
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Yesterday I stopped by an English bookstore in Vienna and bought a book, because I was already thinking about doing nothing today. So I spent a lot of the train ride reading (it was a book called "City of Bones", in the same vein as the Twilight books). I actually had to transfer trains for the first time, and I was a little worried because there was only 12 minutes between connections. The train I took from Vienna went directly west towards Salzburg, but I had to get off in Attnang-Puchhein to catch a train south to Hallstatt.
When I got to Attnang-Puchhein it was a very small station
I remember reading in Rick Steves guidebook about watching out for track number changes, and just watching if people all of a sudden ran to another platform. But I was pretty much able to figure it out on my own, so I was very proud of myself.
The train ride down to Hallstatt became much more scenic. Prior to that, the countryside had been fairly flat and uninteresting. But as soon as we headed south, we crossed a couple of rivers and headed into some real mountains! We went along the side of a lake with some massive mountains jutting out of the other side and I was quite excited
When we finally got to Hallstatt, it was just as Rick Steves described it. It’s a little town on the side of a large lake, surrounded on all sides by towering mountains. It was cloudy and very cool, but the lake was very calm and black. It was quite beautiful. The train station for Hallstatt was actually on the other side of the lake from the town. I had to take a boat over to the city itself.
When I got to Hallstatt (about 1 pm), I was feeling very exhausted and didn’t feel like doing anything. So I just checked into my first private room since Orvieto about two weeks ago. I actually passed some beautiful buildings on the way there, but I didn’t even care. I just thought, “Oh that looks cool. Maybe I’ll come back here later.”
It was nice to actually have some privacy. Most hostels really aren’t bad to stay in; I’ve quite enjoyed a few of them. But you don’t really have any privacy. You’re always around people, who are strangers, whether it be in your room, at breakfast, or just hanging out in a common room. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if I was travelling with someone else, but being on my own it gets hard to tolerate.
So I ended up not leaving my room for the rest of the night. I read my book some more, actually took a nap, and then read a lot more (it was a really good book). I thought about going out to dinner, which is what I normally would have done. But I just didn’t feel like it, so I stayed in my room and ate leftover munchies.
I almost didn’t want to go to bed, because I didn’t want to have to leave my room in the morning. But eventually I got really tired and couldn’t concentrate on my book anymore, so I went to sleep.
Tomorrow I’ll leave Hallstatt and go to Salzburg, where my brother Derek will join me on Sunday!