There was only one stall in the ladies restroom at the hostel and that was fine except that the woman currently using the restroom was in there well over 20 min. My sister and I hung out in the hallway hoping and praying she wasn't vomiting and other things so when we could use the loo it would be clean...After the woman finally emerged from the restroom I told my sister there was no way I was going in there. My sister did a quick look around the restroom and said it was clean. PHEW. I slowly entered half closing my eyes because I am afraid of public restrooms when they seem a bit dodgy, it was fine though. We balanced our makeup bags on odd ledges or on our purses and had to warn each other when one of us would need to spit from brushing our teeth. It was a struggle to say the least. The weirdest part was when random women would enter the restroom while my sister and I were in there getting ready, to use the toilet. I understand there was a stall, but the room itself was TINY. We had 2 very weird conversations with two different women. I didn't say anything though because when I am those situations I shut down and pretend I am not there.
People probably thought we vomiting or who knows what for the 20 min we were in the bathroom, but when we left the tiny bathroom at least we looked much more human like and clean. Which is important.
Our hostel luckily was a short 3 min walk from the train station which made travel easy. We meandered around the station and ended up buying 3 different pastries and a cup of fruit along with massive water bottles for the journey to Salzburg.
The train...I believe my brain is a bit foggy on this part....I will try to recollect what was what...
The train was rather large, reminding me of the trains in england mixed with the circle line tube=Spacious and comfy. I sat down and my sister left me. She wanted to charge her cellphone and since the overnight train had no outlets both of our phones were either dead(mine) or near death(hers). So I sat alone, looking out the window at the gorgeous country side, it was purdy. I was really enjoying it, so much so i began blinking really slowly and getting cross eyed and my neck began snapping down and up and down and back up and....ZZzzzzzzzzzz....
I awoke at the next train stop where this really attractive German man got on board and sat in the seats next to me, and since I am me, I smiled at him and he smiled back and then he asked if my seat was free (auf deutsch) I said yes and before I knew it we were chatting about everything from the beautiful mountains to small annoyances in our lives. It was perfect we laughed the whole way to Austria. It was a perfect train ride to Salzburg...........or would have been had I talked to the man, instead I just went back to snoozeville population 1, oh wait population 2 the man with sandwich left in his beard just moved into town....dreamy.
After a while my sister came and said there was a seat next to her that I could sit in if I wanted to. Obviously I did because sitting solo can be nice but I also like sitting by sister sometimes so I thought okay. I gave up my seat for this old couple that came aboard and they were very adorable looked like they had been married for 60 years :) I thought oh you two can sit together!! When I moved into my new seat, I looked where I had been sat and the old woman was sitting there with her legs stretched out on the seat and her husband next to my pretend sir on the isle away. Okay then, time to eat some chocolate then.
When we got to Salzburg I also have no memory of getting off the train........good.
I think we figured out where we were supposed to go, found a grocery store, bought lunch items, water, and CHOCOLATE. Chocolate is a lifesaver for travelers like myself. If you feel stressed, happy, sad, worried, hungry, you just say "I need chocolate." or "I think it's time for chocolate." believe me, it works wonders.
We had to catch a local bus to get us into town which luckily arrived relatively soon after we left the station. Once we got into the city we found a bench in the square and ate our lunch looking at the beautiful hillsides of Salzburg. I think I counted 3 women over the age of 70 riding bicycles through the city. I fell in love with Salzburg that day. It was perfection.
We had a tour at a specific time which gave us about 20 min to wander the rest of the city. And by wander I mean walk fast, take photos while walking, look up look down look left look right, and KEEP MOVING. From the blur I saw of the city, it looks really nice, I mean the colors blend really well together.
|The fountain Maria splashes on her way to the Von Trapp home.|
|I always have to get a bike shot in every city I visit.|
Our tour guide, dressed in lederhose drove us around Salzburg seeing as many sites as possible from the movie The Sound of Music. He even made the ambiance complete by having a soundtrack from the film and a cd of the actual Von Trapp family singing. It was lovely. Me and Annie sang and car danced along with the music.
Our driver took us next to the cafe over looking the hillside. We ordered apfelstrudel and chocolate cake and ate them while sitting outside looking at beautiful Austria. It was unreal and I enjoyed every minute of it.
|So, do, la, fa, me, la, ray|
|Riding her "bike" through the garden|
|Bopping the trolls on the head as the Von Trapp children did.|
|We take ourselves very seriously. Clearly.|