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Published: July 22nd 2010
I had to wake up before 8 today because that was when the lady was coming to make me breakfast. I felt a wee bit bad for her coming all the way to the hostel just to make ME breakfast. It consisted of buns, meat, cheese and coffee and very regular breakfast here in Europe so far.
After breakfast I did some laundry in the sink and hung them out the window and on the other beds. I did some much needed sewing that I kept putting off.
Around 11:00 I went to the train station to figure out how I was getting to Cesky Krumlov from there, since I can't find any place with Internet this was my last option. I was also meeting Cathy who was coming in on the 11:30 train. She was happy to see me since she had no clue where her hostel was. We got her settled into her hostel then back to the train station to make our way to Hallstatt. The train ride was not long and once I saw the lake I knew I was going to love it there already. the town is really tiny and it is situated
at the bottom of a mountain and on the shore of a big beautiful lake. When you get off the train you have to take a ferry to get to the town. Once we docked we needed food, we food said food at this restaurant right on the lake front with a fantastic view. I ordered some kind of baked cheese that was all I knew about it. What it turned out to be was some kind of cheese covered in some sort of crumbs then baked and you dip it in this cranberry sauce, there was also a salad that went with it, I was purely delighted with it.
Cathy and I bounced and few different things back and forth as what we should do here. The first thing we were for sure going to do was head up to the church and see the bone cemetery. The town is so small and there is was not alot of room to bury people, so they were buried for 15-20 years before they were dug up, their skulls cleaned then painted and put into a room with other skulls. There are now 600 skulls in this room. They are
painted with a symbol of choice made by the person before they died as well as their name. They don't add anymore skulls to the room anymore because most people are cremated. The last skull to be placed in the room was in 1995 of a lady who died in 1983, it was her wish to be out there. It was a peaceful feeling being in that room.
Cathy and I finally agreed to take the cable car up the mountain towards the salt mines, we did not go to the salt mines because I am saving that for Poland. we were just going to ride up walk around a bit then hike down.
The view from the top was truly beautiful, my pictures do not do it justice at all. There was a trail leading up to the mines that we took, it had small tidbits about the mines and miners that worked there. Most miners in that village did not live past 35 years of age.
The hike back down was nice because it was shaded yet steep with many make shift stairs. There was a waterfall and pretty flowers leading us down. It took us only
half an hour to make it down.
We had an ice cream while waiting for the last ferry to come.
Once back to Bad Goisern we went to a pizzeria for dinner. I had spaghetti which was hard to eat because it was so hot in the building and there was no room out on the patio. Eating my food was like being in a sauna.
Cathy and I parted ways with plans to meet up in Zdiar, Slovakia in about a week, hopefully the plans go through.
I went back to the MY hostel to pack up and be ready for the morning since my train leaves at 5:27am
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