unexpected meat dishes???

Hello from Austria!

I arrived at 8 am in Munich, and was greeted by my dad and his coworkers, all of whom were incredibly sweet and patient while waiting for me to arrive. We drove down to Bad Häring, Austria, about an hour and forty five minute drive. Once we arrived and checked into our designated rooms, we all met again for lunch at noon.

Post lunch, my dad had to go to his work site for some meetings, so I took that time to explore our surroundings by going on a run… err, a “run.” I was so caught up in the beauty of Austria that I only actually ran a mile and a half, and my other time outdoors was spent taking in the scenery. IMG_4038

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The mountains and clouds and greenery were so incredible, I couldn’t help but do a little happy dance. IMG_4061

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And then I actually ran, and almost died. My lungs weren’t doing so well.

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…so I stopped running and explored more.

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After my “run”/exploration, I went back to the hotel and hung out in the sauna for a bit. Then I showered and headed to the bus stop, where I waited for a bus to Kufstein.
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Kufstein was beautiful. The old and new architecture seamlessly blended together, making it seem like a mix between a past and present day fairy tale scene. I was surprised at how empty the town was, and although I never felt as if I were in danger, it was eerily quiet.

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IMG_4106A sight I had wanted to see was the church here, and upon finding it, I was a little worried that it was closed, since the doors weren’t open and the lights were shut off. I was a little bummed, so I put my hand on the doorknob and found that it turned… The church was unlocked. It was such a cool experience, being inside a church alone and in the dark. It was beautiful.

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After wandering around a bit more, I got a little hungry and headed into a small restaurant. The staff spoke no english at all, and my German consists of knowing how to say “yes”, “no” and “thank you,” so communication was a little bit of an issue, especially when it came to ordering. The menu was 100% German, and I decided to just pick a random dish and go for it. I pointed a complicated sounding dish that I didn’t even bother trying to pronounce, and it came out like this.

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If anyone knows what this is, please tell me. I had no idea what I was about to eat, but hey, don’t knock it till you try it. I grabbed a heaping forkful of my meal and shoved it into my mouth. The flavor of this dish was incredible… a little smokey, salty, well seasoned. It was the texture that got me. The meat almost liquified in your mouth, and the vegetables and other stuff in there turned into a mush. It wasn’t necessarily bad, it was just unlike anything that I have ever tried before, and I’ll admit, I think I’d have to eat it a couple more times to actually enjoy it.

But hey, the unexpected food is all part of traveling.

NOTE: After revisiting this restaurant with my father, and receiving an ENGLISH MENU (why didn’t I get one of those?!), I came to learn that what I had ordered was black pudding…. blood pudding. Interesting.

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