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Published: September 14th 2014
Day 37: Innsbruck. I took a train through Switzerland with my face pressed to the window. Mountains and lakes and blue skies. Beautiful. I also ate Swiss chocolate because always. I got to Innsbruck and my couchsurfer met me at the train station. We went back to his flat, and I made lecso, which is a Hungarian dish. It tasted like home. And it was finally healthy non-carby food. Thank god. By the time we finished dinner it was late, so we went to bed.
Day 38: Innsbruck. TODAY I HIKED AN ALP. I woke up, had breakfast, and tried to google hikes in Innsbruck. Seriously, why is it so difficult? My couchsurfer pointed me in a good direction to find trails, but he doesn't do a lot of hiking. On my way to a place, I found a sport shop, so I went in and asked about hiking trails. The woman who helped me was super nice and gave me a beautiful map and hold me about a cottage I could hike to. It took me an hour to get to the trailhead and another 3 hours to get to the top. The most difficult part of it was
hiking straight up a ski trail. Those things are STEEP. But oh my gosh. The view from the top was unbelievable. Innsbruck is situated in a valley and just surrounded completely by mountains. The cottage had food, so I drank a Weissbier and ate some amazing cheese thing with a salad. There were cattle on the sides of the mountain and chickens and dogs wandering around, and it was perfect. So I just casually chilled on top of an Alp for a while before I headed back down. I got hopelessly lost on the way down because the trail wasn't marked, but I just kept walking downward until I found a road. My couchsurfer and his other couchsurfers and I went to a fish festival for dinner, walked around the city, and went to bed. It was a 7 hour hike, and it was one of my favorite days.
Day 39: Munich. I wandered around Innsbruck with my backpack today until I could catch my train. It's a cool city, but nothing can top the hike from yesterday. I got on a train to go to Munich. The train was heading towards Vienna, and I had a transfer to
get to Munich. Except the train just didn't stop at that stop. It just decided not to. SO. I went an extra 2 hours to Salzburg and THEN got on a train to Munich. Yay trains? I met my couchsurfer in Munich, dropped my bags off, and we walked around the city. There was a beautiful sunset. Munich itself is gorgeous. We went to get beers at a restaurant, but there were no empty tables. Apparently in Germany it's cool to just sit down at a table that already has people, so we shared a small table with a really nice Germany family who spoke English. We had a great conversation with them and then went home.
Day 40: Munich. I spent all day in Munich with my couchsurfer. After he cooked us white sausage for breakfast (YUM), we walked around the entire city. We walked FOREVER. The English gardens were beautiful. My favorite part. There's even an artificial wave for surfers! In the evening we walked up the hill in Olympic park and there was a supermoon! So cool.
Day 41: Salzburg. I woke up early and went to Salzburg. I met my couchsurfer, and we walked
around the whole city. It POURED. But I got to see a lot of Sound of Music things, and the rain was actually really lovely. Salzburg is crazy beautiful. We went to a beer hall for dinner and ended up sitting at a table with some French Canadians and old Austrian men. The men introduced themselves as Frank and Uncle Frank, and we had a BLAST with them for a few hours. It was everything I had hoped an Austrian beer hall would be.
Day 42: Back to Budapest! I got an early train back to my city today. The train was PACKED, and I ended up sitting on the floor for most of the ride. But I was so happy to go home. I got to be in my flat and sleep in my bed before the insanity of SZIGET.
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