Bits and Bites
Favorite Austria moments so far: Train ride from Vienna to the Alps in which Joel and I frantically ate sour gummy worms in a near futile attempt to stay awake until we got to the hotel. I even sprayed Joel in the eyes with my water bottle. (Yes, he asked me to.)
Simmels and coffee, simmels being impossibly crusty white rolls that crisp and melt to a perfection in one's mouth when paired with alpine butter and cherry jam. And strong, very strong coffee.
Waking up every morning to a windowful of green mountainside.
Hiking, tromping, jogging up through meadows, past mountain farms and up through forests, through wind and butterflies and wide fields of yellow flowers, with a circle of white-topped mountains on the horizon. That stretched out, wind blessed, sun rained feel of being outdoors for hours.
Sunbathing in the Gasthaus garden; tulips, morning light, and a good book.
Picnics! On trains! With the alps out the window!
The frantic (and I do mean frantic/frenetic) run to find the next right train and figure out the right "bahnsteig" (platform) all while trying to speak passable German. Oh so fun. And dignified.