Austria

Mar. 28th, 2005 04:53 pm
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I just adore Austria. I just wish I spoke German, because I feel like I'm missing such a lot. (And it's making the German keyboard on this computer even more difficult than it would otherwise be, because... man. All the letters are in the wrong place! The French one wasn't nearly so bad.)

We've been staying in Salzburg, or rather, Grödig, which is a little village that's still only a fifteen minute drive from the Altstadt. It was a grey day when we left Vienna, and the drive from Vienna to Salzburg was rather grey and wet, so we spent the afternoon wandering around the old town, and across to the Mirabell and its gardens, where the flowers are already starting to bloom. The Ostermarkts there were beautiful -- somehow a little less commercial than even the Viennese version -- and my cousin tells me that their Christkidndlmarkts are her favourite in the world, better even than Vienna's.

I adore Salzburg, and its shops and its gardens and its architecture. We did the Sound of Music tour yesterday (shut up) which was completely hilarious, but also took us to places like the Wolfgangsee and the Mondsee that we wouldn't otherwise have seen, as well as some of the Salzburg places.

It's underlined what I best love about Austria -- that the cities are all about their people, not their cars. The pedestrian streets of Vienna and Salzburg, in particular, are just fantastically wonderful. I haven't met one person who hasn't been really lovely, the food is fantastic, and the scenery and air just breathtaking.

On Saturday we went to Innsbruck by way of a detour through Waidring, where we have distant relations. We took the chairlift up the mountain had had a morning weiß beer at the top of the mountain in 20-degree weather, but with powdery snow still all around us, with a view of Kitzbühel and other similar mountains from our own mountaintop. My sort-of-cousin Ramon has promised to teach me to ski properly next winter, so there may be hope for me yet.

The Inn was green with the melted snow as we drove alongside it, even more than the Salzach has been -- I imagine because the snow in Tirol has only just melted. The motorway runs between dozens of tiny villages that seem to have just jumped out from between the pages of storybooks, and we have taken far too many photos.

Those who don't know where the Tiernsee or Briesau are should feel free to skim the next paragraph, because WE ALSO WENT TO PERTISAU-AM-ACHENSEE. Fangirlish moments abounded. We all agreed that it is, indeed, the most beautiful of the Tirolean lakes we have yet seen. The Maurach end of the lake was still frozen, but it was sparkling and clear around Buchau and Pertisau, which is utterly glorious and just like it's described. The village itself lies in a bit of a hollow, so there was lots of snow still on the ground, even though we were able to sit outside on a balcony for lunch on the other side of the lake, just up from Buchau, looking over the little whitewashed church and the slightly updated landing-stage. The air is clean and pure and still, and, interestingly from mz point of view, half the signs say 'Tirol' and the other half 'Tyrol'. I'll post pictures for all as soon as I reach London.

Today, I'm in Halfing, which is not far from Rosenheim, at the home of yet another sort-of-cousin. Boozy authentic Bavarian evening is planned for tonight, and then tomorrow we go to Tübingen, and then to Bonn, where I depart on Thursday morning for LONDON.

In other news, I got the Scottish job. Now I just don't know what to do about it.

Date: 2005-03-28 07:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slemslempike.livejournal.com
You got that job? Congratulations! (Is that the one I posted for you?) Whoo! Even if you're conflicted about what to do with the offer, that's still fantastic news. Espcially since you don't seem to have met a Nice Doctor (or are you being coy), so probably can't live the rest of your life as a nice Hausfrau with an over-active interest in your many (female) children's schooling. You went to Pertisau. I am completely jealous.

Date: 2005-03-28 07:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cangetmad.livejournal.com
I got the Scottish job. Now I just don't know what to do about it.

*opens and shuts mouth like very offended fish*

Um, I would very much like it if you moved here. But, I do understand your reservations about the travel thing - you did experience the worst I've ever heard of, but Edinburgh isn't the perfect travel base. But... but I would entertain you! And things!

Date: 2005-03-28 09:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blue-monday.livejournal.com
Make that seconded from here too, congratulations on the job!

Date: 2005-03-28 07:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yiskah.livejournal.com
Hey, congratulations! No matter whether you decide to take it or not, it's always good to be in demand.

Date: 2005-03-28 07:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] listersgirl
Hey, that's great! I mean, at least it's an option. Plus it's always nice to be wanted.

Date: 2005-03-28 07:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] protoainsley.livejournal.com
I'm over here celebrating all of your joy. Yay, you!

Date: 2005-03-28 08:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stellanova.livejournal.com
Congratulations!

Also, hurrah for the Tirol! I am very jealous.

Date: 2005-03-28 08:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] orionnebula.livejournal.com
You're amazing, did you know that? I'm very envious of all of your job and travel joy, but I'm also very happy for you. Congrats!

Date: 2005-03-28 08:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] idella
Congratulations on getting the job, in any case! Good luck figuring out what you're going to do. I'm glad to read that you've been having fun!

Date: 2005-03-28 10:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anglaisepaon.livejournal.com
Congratulations about the job!!! The fact that you got an offer so quickly is probably a sign you can go where you'd like for a job (although, personally, Scotland sounds lovely).

And I'm even more impressed by the Sound of Music Tour. Did you run around the fountain like Maria does when she's harping on about her confidence? Did you fall out of a boat in the name of cinematic moments? :)

Date: 2005-03-28 12:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] chiasmata.livejournal.com
Job! Woo! And also, Pertisau, woo - I went through Jenbach (unless I'm getting my names in a muddle) on the train on the way to/from Innsbruck back in January, and wished so hard that I had the time to get off and go and have a look at proper real CS land. Jealous? Me?! Hee. Glad you're having such a good time! :-)

Date: 2005-03-28 01:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katherine-b.livejournal.com
*promptly turns green with envy* You saw the Tiernsee? *waits eagerly for photos*

And great news on the job!

Date: 2005-03-28 01:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] glitterboy1.livejournal.com
Congratulations on the job offer! Well done, you!

I understand your reservations about Edinburgh as a base. But I'm really pleased that you've had such a positive confirmation that you're what people want. Good luck with working out what to do! How quickly will they want a definite response?

Salzburg! Oh, envy! But I'm so glad that you're enjoying it.

Date: 2005-03-29 06:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leedy.livejournal.com
Hoorah for your job offer!
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