Innsbruck and the Eagle's Nest
The schedule is really starting to take a toll on my sleeping cycle. At least it's getting me back on track for what's coming up in the states. Anyway, Mannheim was a short stay once again. I think after this, every other city that we stay in will be at least 2 days and 2 nights. Our next destination will be at Innsbruck in Austria. Basically, we'll be doing a complete reversal of where we were before. I hear that it's going to go down in Austria for Euro 2008. Kinda looking forward to it.
The bus ride through the mountains is definitely a site to see. The city that we're approaching is called Neuschwanstein, and it's located on the outskirts of the alps. If I had to estimate, it would be about a four hour ride plus traffic.
When we arrived, the first thing that struck me as weird was the weather. Of course in higher altitudes, you'd expect it to be cold... but it was a bit humid. Also, there were a lot more flies roaming around than usual. After the usual bathroom pit stop, we decided to try a restaurant that served the fine Austrian cuisine that consisted of white bratwursts, potatoes, sauerkraut, cheese noodles, and meatballs. Interesting choice for lunch of course, but what can I say? I'm not a picky eater... although I have been eating gummy bears on a consistent basis ever since I left Amsterdam.
After we departed from Neuschwanstein, it was straight for Innsbruck from there. I'll spare the details and say that we got there roughly around 6pm, which in theory was enough time to wander the center and do some shopping just before dinner. Around 7:30, we got on the tour bus that went straight to this restaurant... whose name that I can't remember. Let's just say that there was a lot of crazy Oktoberfest entertainment and booze to go around. Some guy in our tour somehow twisted his ankle by slipping on a wet spot in the bathroom and was rushed to the hospital... which was weird since he was the only one that we really communicated with. I wish him the best of luck and hope he gets better. Now it's time to get some sleep.
UPDATE: Germany just beat Turkey in the Euro 2008 Finals 3-2, and it's going crazy out there! I can only imagine what it would be like if they lost.
Today is the day that we hit Salzburg (AKA... where they filmed the Sound of Music... AKA.... where Mozart was born). A lot of cultural crap and a lot of history. That's not what we were interested in though. We were interested in visiting Hitler's hideout (Eagle's Nest). Me and my bro had a discussion about it... since the Band of Brothers displays this place a lot. We would desecrate it somehow... by either spitting or taking a piss on his house. That was the mission...
Salzburg was about 200 km (sorry I have to use the km... that's the Euro standard of measure here) from Innsbruck, which means that this fool was tired out of his mind. I tried to stay awake, but bear with me that I have to wake up every day at 6am to get ready for these things.
Every pit stop is the same, and I think now I'm use to these road trips now. The drive to Las Vegas shouldn't be a problem anymore.
When we hit the town, we hopped on another tour with another tour guide who showed us around the hometown. There were certain parts of the town that were in the Sound of Music, and she showed us every single one... and described every single scene with Julie Andrews in it. After the tour, we sort of broke off and did our own thing. Ate some hot dogs and took a look at some souvenirs. No big deal.
Around 1pm, we headed to the bus that would take us straight to the Eagle's Nest. While we were heading up, I started noticing a lot more scenes from the Sound of Music. We got a chance to learn a lot more historical facts about Hitler and the area that surrounded his supposed getaway house. We took a lot of pictures and scoured his place, and looked at the views from the highest point possible. That was pretty much the highlight of the day.
I'll check back again once I hit Italy.