Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Innsbruck Diary

After our Salzburg tour, it was time for our next journey,

The dazzling photos I had seen online of the picturesque little city made me eager to visit Innsbruck. Snow capped mountains were prominent in every snap, and towered above.

Our ride from Salzburg to our destination was heavenly. Views of meadows, farmhouses and towns outside the train windows made the time fly by. Soon enough, we were at our stop.

From the Innsbruck railway station, we caught our bus. Like in Salzburg, our hotel here was also away from the city. What made it more interesting was that it was located 2000 metres above sea level.

We were to get off at Kühtai, and the bus ride there gave us a glimpse of dreamy, serene Innsbruck. My feet were itching to get off and take in the riveting scenery myself, instead of how I had been doing for too long- through a computer screen.

Bus travel between Kühtai and Innsbruck had a benefit-  guests had free access to the bus pass.

The next morning, we visited a skiing resort, 2020 metres above sea level. It was a popular skiing destination, and was packed with visitors. We stood by and watched skiers fly effortlessly down the slopes enviously.

The rest of the day was spent visiting popular tourist attractions within the city like The Golden Roof and Triumphal Arch, and meandering through Maria-Theresian street. The Golden Roof was made of more than 2,000 gilded copper tiles, and shone like fire in the sunlight. 

Eventually, it was time to go back to our residence, and get ready for our trip to Vienna the next day. 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Salzburg Diary

After a five hour train journey with a train change in Munich, we arrived in Salzburg.


We had our eyes glued to the window through the entire bus ride, taking in the sights of the quaint city and the tall, rocky Alps. Mom was especially ecstatic about the the tiny shops selling a variety of things.

Our lodging was a little far from the hubbub of Salzburg. We got off at our stop, and then it was a short walk to the Boutique-Hotel, Essigmanngut.

The view that met our eyes was incredible. It was the kind of thing I had only gotten to see in movies; large green, rolling meadows framed by the ranges, old-fashioned houses with sloping roofs, and no one around for miles. It was a windy day, and the trees were swaying with sunlight filtering through their branches. We had never seen a place so serene.

We did face one issue however- it was difficult to locate restaurants nearby. It took us a while before we finally identified a group of them, hidden away from the main street.

This problem resurfaced even when we were in the city the next day. Eateries had no sign boards outside and no distinguishing features from other buildings, which was rather puzzling.
This had never been an issue in any of our previous travels, so Google Maps was absolutely imperative here.

Having a wiener schnitzel (Austria’s national food) was high on my to-do list, so I made sure to order one. It was a toothsome dish, and it was great to eat and relax after our busy morning of visiting Mozart’s Birthplace.

Mozart’s Birthplace offered an intimate look into the life of one of the greatest music composers in history. Original handwritten letters, musical instruments and models of household objects contemporary of his time were all on display, giving us a glimpse of his era more than two hundred years ago. It was a truly informative visit.

We also saw the Hohensalzburg fortress, mounted intimidatingly on a hill. Sphaera and Petersfriedhof were in the vicinity as well, Sphaera being a sculpture representing modern art and Petersfriedhof being a cemetery where some scenes from the movie Sound of Music were shot.



Saturday, April 6, 2019

Bye Bye, School

Phew! Class 12 exams are finally over, and I'm done with my schooling.

The past few months have been nothing but hectic. Now, I can release that breath I've been holding.

The day after the last exam, we arrived in Heidelberg, Germany. We had lunch at the Vietnamese restaurant we’re extremely fond of, but discovered that the previous chef had left, so the food wasn't as tasteful as it used to be.

Later, Dad left to attend an SAP event where he was to receive an award, while Mom and I went for a walk and made sure to visit the bridge monkey. We aren't the superstitious type, but that doesn't mean we're ready to take a risk.

It was a cold, windy day and we ended up shuffling back to our hotel after a while, thinking about going out later. Despite the weather, I bought a gelato because nothing was going to stop me from getting one.

The rest of the day was rainy, which left us disappointed. We watched raindrops hit the wet cobblestones mournfully from our hotel room window. The streets were mostly empty and illuminated, and the skies were grey.

Bedtime was early since we had to catch our train in Mannheim to Salzburg, Austria.