Oktoberfest at night
Finally in Munich
Brrrr it’s cold here! Broke out all my cold weather gear today (which consists of a lightweight jacket, two scarves, and a hat). Going to rest after a long travel day, but happy I finally made it to my next location.
Here’s a good quote that could be applied to today: “When you try to control everything, you enjoy nothing. Sometimes you just need to relax, breathe, let go and live in the moment.” ~Unknown
Looking forward to Oktoberfest tomorrow!! I’ve been working on building up my beer tolerance over the last few months in preparation for this 🙂
Stuck in Salzburg (could be worse)
It’s more difficult to get into Germany that I expected due to the Syrian refugee situation. All trains are cancelled from Salzburg to Munich, and long waits at the border to get to the train station in Germany. Most of the refugees are headed to Germany as well. My host Mark helped me find a bus tomorrow, so hopefully all goes well. I guess there could be worse things than being here for another night (meaning….now I can go get another chocolate croissant).
Today I walked all around Salzburg. It’s truly an adorable city and also where The Sound of Music was filmed. And Mozart was born and raised here. Below are some photos from the day:
Salzack River that runs through the city:
View of Salzburg from Festung Hohensalzburg (it was quite windy up there):
Check out those mountains in the background:
Love lock bridge (pretty sure there’s one in every European city with a walking bridge):
Sunset over the river!!
Visiting the UN and more
Guess who got to visit the UN in Vienna today? Over 5,000 people work there so it’s basically a city in itself. Dry cleaners, language classes, showers, restaurants, you name it. My couchsurfing host works there, and you have to know someone in order to visit, so it was really special. Thanks Jeremie!
There were also two other girls staying with him. One was a peaceworker from China and she taught me a few tips about her style of meditation. Excited to try them out. Hoping to make meditation more of a regular practice to keep myself grounded while travelling.
Also saw Steffansplatz and a beautiful park today. Oh and just as I was feeling confident in navigating the public transportation system, I ended up at the complete opposite end of the tram line. Let’s just say I spent a lot of time on the U4 line today.
I was confused by the below sign, but have since learned it means “completely wrong, almost right, quite right:” Guess Austrians have a good sense of humor!
Headed to Salzburg on the train now. Xo!
Made it to Vienna
Missed the train I intended to catch, but caught the next one two hours later. Just gotta go with it.
The four hour train ride was nice, except for the guy sleeping behind me (didn’t know someone could snore that loud, haha). I loved looking out the window at the landscape between Prague and Vienna. Reminds me of the opening scene from the movie Gladiator.
Only have a day or two in Austria, so I’m off to start exploring. No pictures yet!
Another day in Prague
Visited the Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad) today. Too beautiful to put into words.
At the castle is Lobkowicz Palace, which is a privately owned museum with many famous Czech artifacts, including original manuscripts from Beethoven and Mozart. I’m not typically the museum type, but this place was impressive.
I definitely got in trouble for taking photos from a private balcony. So here it is:
Prague has had many different rulers over it’s 1,100 year history. It’s really fascinating to see influences from different conflicts and occupations. Fun fact about Prague: the original city is located several meters beneath current ground level (hence all the underground pubs). That’s where the river was originally – it’s been built up over many years to help with flooding.
After the castle, my friend Diana and I visited old town hall, and went up into the tower for an AMAZING view of the city. Then we treated ourselves to thai massage and ice cream. Yessss.
Also had my first experience of attempting to be ripped off. Bought a klobasa sausage and the guy gave me incorrect change (100 korunas, about $4USD). Should have know better than to buy right near the main tourist area, but I was starving (and at it looked good!) Luckily I noticed and said something. then he gave me my correct change. Pretty sure that’s super common here. Proud of myself. Yay!
Off to bed, onto Austria tomorrow.
I may have had one of the best nights last night at a VZORKOVNA. Don’t ask me how to pronounce that. It’s an underground pub in Prague 7. They have a resident great dane who was born and lives there. Of course I loved that, and we became fast friends.
The band performing was Lemon Bucket Orkestra. They’re a 14 piece “Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Party-Punk-Super Band” based out of Canada. Sounds awesome, right? And they rocked it. Cheers, guys.
Thank you Lukas for taking me here, and showing me a wonderful time.
Here I am near the Charles Bridge. That’s Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad) in the background:
I received my DailyOm email today that was quite fitting. It was about people being interconnected, and stepping outside of yourself to share experiences, and find common ground. Good reminder that we’re all part of a global community. Anyone who wants to receive these daily reminders, visit dailyom.com. I highly recommend 🙂
Well two planes, two trains, and multiple buses later, I successfully made it to my first location. 30 hours of travel time, but not bad at all (thank you, melatonin). And only one bus in the wrong direction, so I’m declaring success, haha. Prague is amazing. I had only heard wonderful things from many people, and it’s so true. The old town is absolutely stunning. I could walk around all day just looking at the buildings (which is pretty much what I did today!) All kinds of different architecture and styles. Went on a free walking tour, which was lovely. Thank you Michael at New Prague Tours. I got a major European history lesson. Overall, Prague suffered minimal damage during the world wars and is quite well preserved. Saw the astronomical clock, the Jewish quarters, and the Charles Bridge. Most of my pics are on my camera, but here is one from when I first arrived, with my host Lukas and new friend Diana.
Oslo, Norway…the land of tall blond people
Only had a half day in Oslo, so I’m doing the expedited tour. Took the express train into the city which is about 20 minutes from the airport. The countryside looks adorable! So green and pristine. Wish I could see more! Scandanavia is supposed to have some of the happiest people in world. And it really seems that way! Lots of families with children walking around. People just seem content here. Saw the Oslo Domkirke (cathedral), Norwegian Royal Place, and Oslo University. I happened to be walking around and heard a marching band so I followed and they led me straight to the royal palace (where I wanted to go anyway, so it was perfect!) There were a number of guards at the palace having a ceremony…not sure what it meant but it was neat to see. Already seeing lots of Syrian refugees in the streets. My heart goes out to them.
Here is the Norwegian Palace:
And me looking quite tired: