After sleeping through Zagreb, we stopped in Ljubljana. It was early morning and we woke up to sleepy towns along the river as the sun was rising! We immediately fell in love with Slovenia. It was 8am when we arrived in the city and thankfully there was a McDonald’s at the train station. COFFEE!!! Today we got lockers, thank the lord, and walked around this new city. We saw the river, the castle, the windy cobblestone street and all the plazas. The people were so nice and a lot of them speak English which always helps. I would seriously consider living there… that’s how much I loved it! We had a traditional Slovenian breakfast in the market of sausage, a kind of cheese spread, a red pepper sauce and a sort of pita bread and it was delicious. The market was awesome with all kinds of fruits and vegetables…. we got the best mango I’ve ever had there yummm! And the guy gave us free strawberries and a few mandarin oranges. At the flee market down the street I bought a ceramic square that is purple and full of other colors and says “Live your dreams.” It was only 5 Euros too!!! The castle had amazing views of the city and countryside. At the time we thought that Ljubljana was a small city even though it is the capitol. But the historic center is small and amazing but there is actually a big city around it. We got some sushi on one of the streets and awww yumm I love sushi! After this wonderful place we were supposed to go to Graz in Austria but instead we headed straight to Vienna.
The nice part about this train ride is it wasnt at night. It was during the afternoon. So there weren’t any passport checks YAY but there were a lot of ticket checks. So I took a siesta and it was amazing. The trains are pretty comfy but you don’t sleep like you would in a bed. So its nighttime now and we have to find our hostel. We get to sleep in beds!!!! and SHOWER!!!!! 🙂 It was a very restful night. Took long hot showers. Got breakfast at this awesome little bakery where i had the best croissant filled with some kind of pudding and whipped cream and strawberries on top yummmmm ❤ We went downtown and Vienna has to be one of the bigger cities I’ve seen and I don’t just mean size wise…. everything is so tall and grand. Everything looks important and it was a little much after our little historic center in Slovenia. It was quite a cold day and windy. Our feet were seriously hurting at this point in the trip. We asked these guys to take a picture for us in front of something that was huge and looked important and they asked us if we knew what it was…Kelly was like yea, well no not really hahaha and they laughed and told us it was a museum and so were all these other huge buildings. Awkward! Well anyway we walked around some more and saw the palace and there was going to be a race the next day so there were army men everywhere. We came across a wine festival and decided to join. Well we met some guys and little did we know that we’d have friends for the rest of the day. They were super nice, kept our wine classes full… don’t know how much we drank….we also had some Austrian beer Gösser and it was so good and it was lemony. Beer like number 4! We sang and danced to Austrian music and it was so much fun. It was a great day! We left to get some food and then go to a Mozart concert with dancing that we bought tickets for. Kelly got sick though and we think it was from this thing she had eaten earlier cuz we aren’t sure what it was but it looked like spam with cheese in it. eww So we couldn’t go 😦 We got sushi again the next day at the market and it was seriously delicious.. We were on a sushi roll haha
We headed out of Vienna and went to the home of the Sound of Music-Salzburg. We randomly found a hostel and thankfully they had rooms so we could spend the night. Perfect! We went and got tickets for a Sound of Music tour. I mean after all it was filmed there! It was so much fun seeing all the sights from the movie and singing the songs. Although interestingly enough the filming took place all over Salzburg and the countryside. We went out to Mondsee and it was amazing. It was raining but it was cool. After that fun filled day we went back to the hostel and actually watched the Sound of Music. We made some friends and they turned out to be weird and drunk… One guy was Irish and told me I was the perfect woman and asked me to marry him and move to Ireland and he would take care of me… hmmm yeaaaaa but I did get a free beer out of it.
Next day we got up and made our way to Germany to see the castle that the Disney castle is based off of in Füssen, Germany. We first had to go to Munich and switch trains to go to Füssen. Neuschwanstein Day! We were the only ones basically on this train till the last stop at the castle. So we started doing the Soulja Boy dance in the train car… yea you wish you were there… so as we get closer to our destination, we see that there is an increasing amount of snow. uhh ohh. We arrive and its a full out snow storm. We got lockers for our stuff and started up the mountain to the castle. Well it was quite the experience. It was seriously a mountain and it was cold and wet and snowing. We reach the top and we cant see a thing except white. We were really sad. I bought a little book about the castle with pictures of it inside just so I could see what it really looks like. At the bottom of the mountain there’s a smaller castle/mansion that we could see and it was quite impressive. We weren’t really in good moods after that. So off to Freiburg. That’s where this nice German guy named Hagen lives. He went to Kelly’s school in the US the year before. So on the way we do hw, take siestas, I’m procrastinating about this Anthropology book I have to read and write about. We also had a nice photo shoot on the train.
We made it to Freiburg and we had problems finding Hagen who is like 6’4 and blonde. But we found him and seriously he’s sogenau tall! We walk to his apartment where we will be staying and he gives us a tour of the city. It’s a very quaint and charming little city. We go to his school and go to the top of the Physics building where there is great views of the city and mountain side. We went to a bar with his roommate and friend and we had some beers…yupp more beers…. and played a German quiz show. First round went ok since there were 3 German people and 2 English speakers. Well second round, everyone left to either go to the bathroom or smoke so it was just me. I had no idea… German really isn’t my language of choice butttttt I did guess at a few and I got 2 right!!!! One unfortunately Hagen translated wrong 😦 But it wasn’t that bad actually, I understood some stuff. Genau! Maybe I’ll learn it someday. We went to sleep and it was a good nights sleep. For breakfast we had pretzel bread… if you’ve never had it OMG seriously best bread EVER! We put butter and jam on it ahh yumm! We showered and off to Zürich we went.