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Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Innsbruck November 25th 2009

Three weeks of exploring cities by day, and drinking/partying all night can really star to wear on you. Luckily, my most recent stop was to Innsbruck, Austria - a beautiful city of 100,000 people located in a valley, surrounded by the peaks of the Alps. I arrived on Saturday night at 11:00. So, even though my main reason for being in Innbruck was to get away from the city, see some nature and recharge my batteries, I decided it would be a waste to not check out the night life of a new place on the best night of the week. I stayed at a hostel that was once housing for Olympic athletes in the 1964 and 1972 winter games that were held here. I paid 20 euro's per night (32 CAD) which is the most ... read more
First Mountain View
Mountain Close Up
Innsbruck

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Innsbruck October 6th 2009

And here are a few photos from Innsbruck. The next blog will be Munich and Oktoberfest! ... read more
Soaring High
Look Mom, no feet!
And we've landed!

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Innsbruck October 5th 2009

Bonjour à vous de Innsbruck, Nous sommes arrivé hier après midi par train sur lequel Benoit s'est fait probablement engueulé en allemand pour avoir été sur un siège réservé... Dès sortis de la gare, nous avons été estomaqués par le magnifique paysage montagneux. Très belle ville avec rues étroites et en vieux pavés traversée par la rivière Inn. Notre B&B était situé l'autre coté de la rivère et en hauteur....agréable avec un gros sac à dos.... Aujourd'hui visite du chateau Ambras et de la ville....puis départ pour Venise et le romantisme. Ben et Véro... read more
Église sur la montagne
Facade fleurie
Montagne bordant la ville

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Innsbruck September 30th 2009

I'm back in the US, but thought I'd finish up my blogs. The good thing is, the y and the z are in the right spot on the keyboard :-) I woke up early on Wednesday at my hostel. I had to check out that morning and move to another place. The hostel was full for the night and it worked out for me because I moved closer to the train station. After another nice breakfast, this time with two types of jam, I headed out to catch the bus to Swarovski Kristallwelten. It was a beautiful ride on the bus. I mean, really, how could it not be. We headed back east so teh valley was getting bigger and bigger but the mountains were still beautiful with the morning mist/fog. It was about a 30 ... read more
Light Up Floor
Beautiful Views
Ah, the alps

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Innsbruck September 22nd 2009

my arrival in innsbruck was interesting...but let me back up... my train trip was great! i met a couple from chicago and ended up sitting with them on the train. turns out the austrian trains are a bit different than the german trains and i originally sat down in a reserved seat. three older people were yelling at me in some language shoving their tickets in my face...um, sorry, ill move. i wondered the train for a while and then found the chicago couple. they had an empty seat so i took it. one train ride to go...i hope i actuallz know whats going on this time. the landscape changed dramatically as we passed from salzburg to innsbruck. the foothills turned into to mountains and the scenery turned into something youd see in montana. it was ... read more

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Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Innsbruck September 22nd 2009

and no, this has nothing to do with me re-enactig brittany spears... hold on mom...you might want to sit down before reading this...to preface, i came back with all of my fingers and toes... the real reason i couldnt sleep last night was because i was so excited about today. now, historical buildlings, paintings, architecture, even the sound of music sites are great...but i also need adrenalin. today, i got it. innsbruck sits in a narrow valley in the alps. both sides of the city are surrounded by extremely high mountains. the tallest peak is just over 2700 meters and most average about 2200 meters. this offers a wide range of activites. at 11 am, i met up with raimund (sounds like raymond). hes an older guy, maybe late 40s early 50s and no taller than ... read more

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Innsbruck September 22nd 2009

After a horrendous night’s sleep (thanks sinuses) I took it easy today. Fortunately there isn’t a whole lot to do in the city of Innsbruck. Most of the allure is in the surrounding mountains - so I didn’t miss out on much. It looks like a great place for outdoor enthusiasts with access to a car. I walked into and around town for a few hours and sat on a bench watching the people. The most exhilarating part was chugging a liter of OJ for some Vitamin C. While I can’t say I really enjoyed Innsbruck (mostly due to my own circumstances) it is a pretty town. The old buildings appear so vivid with their pastel facades. They sharply contrast the surrounding mountains, which almost appear to be a painted backdrop. And the water in the ... read more
River

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Innsbruck September 21st 2009

Today was another travel day as I went from Lucerne to Innsbruck. Along the way, I stopped in Zurich for a bit. After putting my bags in a locker I took a brief walk around the old town. It was nice but I was short on time and really couldn’t appreciate it. I arrived in Innsbruck this evening and took the bus to the hostel. This one is much more out of the way than the others at which I have been. Even trying to find an open restaurant or grocer nearby proved to be a challenge. Everything closed by 7:00! I finally ended up with a can of soup from a gas station. And I had to pay €0.50 to turn on the stove top. That’s not going to break the bank but come on. ... read more
Pissoir

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Innsbruck August 27th 2009

Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start. I decided to catch the afternoon train from Ljubljana to Salzburg last Friday. However, the train was more than one hour late, so this afternoon train became an evening train. While I was waiting for this train, I was stung by a wasp on the top of my ring finger. I was eating an apple at the time. The sting was quite painful at the time, but the pain changed to a discomfort, and by the evening almost all traces of the sting were gone. We finally got onto the train, and it moved slowly, and stopped a few times. A couple of hours later, we crossed the border into Austria and pulled into the town of Villach. The conductor said that the train ... read more
Zara billboard, Salzburg
Ice Cave
Sound of Music Bus

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Innsbruck August 4th 2009

Die Uhr tickt unaufhaltsam meiner Abreise entgegen. Umso näher sich der Zeiger Richtung 16.00 bewegt, umso mehr steigt meine Vorfreude. Vielleicht hat sich Napoleon so gefühlt, als er endlich zu seinem Italienfeldzug aufbrechen durfte, wohl wissend, dass er eignentlich den Österreichischen und Sardischen Truppen zahlenmäßig unterlegen war. Doch durch geschickten Einsatz seiner Kräfte und Fähighkeiten, konnte er nach nur wenig Wochen, siegreich die Österreicher aus Italien vertreiben; Ein Meilenstein seiner Karriere. Mir gefällt dieser Vergleich, auch wenn er weit hergeholt erscheint. Doch wie Napoleon, haben wir drei Phil, Roald und ich uns auf die bevorstehenden zahllosen, fast aussichtlosen Herausforderungen gut vorbereitet. Auch Kames Ansage von Schmerz und Erschöpfung, kann unser Vertrauen in unsere Fähigkeiten nicht schmälern und Entschlossenheit wird uns, an unser Zi... read more




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