Monday, March 19, 2012

Around the World: Springtime in Austria

March 19, 1992

Checked out of Innsbruck today and picked up buns, bread, the best cream cheese I've ever tasted, wine, cherry jam, chocolate, nuts and pretzels for under $20.

Austria is gorgeous as signs of spring emerge from what remains of the snow.  The mountains and the castles are absolutely breathtaking.

Jugend & Familiengästehaus, Graz, Austria
Photo courtesy Hostel International

Graz is a student town, and the second largest city in Austria.  The hostel looks very much like a university residence and has a number of students living here for the school year.  I share my room with a Japanese girl studying piano and a backpacker from Australia.

In the courtyard is course for taxi drivers.  My new Australian friend and I have combined some of our snacks to nibble on.  My upper bunk serves as comfortable platform where we can observe the driving lessons and take in the view while enjoying some English speaking company with a glass of wine.  

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"Springtime is the land awakening.  The March winds are the morning yawn."
~Quoted by Lewis Grizzard in Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You

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