Austria,  Europe

unexpected outdoors

Hello guys!
I’m sorry I haven’t been up to blogging lately! I’ve been doing more or less the same thing for the past couple days, and I figured it would be more interesting if I just smushed my weekend into one post. My days have primarily been spent outside getting active and being relatively healthy (in between ice creams and meals).
I spent my Friday taking a hike… literally. I had read about some lakes that I thought needed a visit! The total hike was about 15 kilometers, and it was beautiful. The lakes were so peaceful and they were fabulous to walk around as I cleared my head.
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This lake, Hectsee, was dotted with tons of people walking their dogs, jogging, and just enjoying the weather. It was so nice to see so many people outside, detached from electronics and really just getting to enjoy nature.
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This lake had so many benches around the water, and I couldn’t help but sit down a couple times and just jot down a couple thoughts.
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It was a bit chilly, but not unbearably so, and I had the biggest urge to jump into the water. Seeing this swing didn’t really help…
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Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at the situation, I did not jump in, although that temptation stayed with me as I hiked around every lake.
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The reflections upon Philsee were insane… The water was like a mirror, and it was so perfect I had to just stand there and take the view in.
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I also found an abandoned house…?
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And I stumbled upon a climbing area, which I returned to later in the weekend.
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I was on my way back and then I saw the fortress in the distance (where I needed to go) in the opposite direction! So I changed my route and walked through a dairy farm instead…
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Whilst in Austria, I have fallen in love with cows. I think they’re charming. They’re so friendly and curious, and they love attention. How could you not fall in love with them?
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Saturday.
My dad and I decided to go on a hike, and then later in the afternoon, climbing. We took the Kaiserlift up the mountain.
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(woo Kaiserlift selfie)
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The view from the top of the mountain was gorgeous… It was honestly the kind of view you see on the internet and think, “musta been photoshopped” but NOPE.
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My dad and I walked up the hill an hour to a small restaurant and ordered the famous mountain spinach dumplings… They were so so so delicious and ugh you could taste the buttery richness in every little bite.
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After the yummy lunch, we decided to walk down the mountain… Which took a couple of hours… Since we were quite exhausted (to put it lightly), we decided to just go home and save climbing for…
Sunday (today).
After a pretty hearty breakfast, my dad and I walked back to the climbing wall I had seen earlier this weekend, and we spent the day hauling ourselves up rocks.
Usually, I groan when I hear that we’re going climbing, but I really enjoyed myself today.
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And on the way back, we passed by the dairy farm again, BUT THIS TIME, there was a MACHINE THAT DISPENSED FRESH MILK. It was 40 cents for half a liter, so my dad and I split a cup, and it was the most incredible milk ever… I don’t even like milk, but I could have easily finished the half liter on my own. IMG_4631
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And there are the cow babies again!!!
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My weekend has been incredible… Austria is probably the most fitness inspiring country I’ve visited… I mean, Friday, during my hike, a little 80 year old woman (EIGHTY!!!) jogged up the mountain and passed me… It was crazy. And on Saturday, my dad and I saw these ancient elderly people hiking up some pretty dang steep slopes. I’m coming back here when I retire ’cause I know I’ll live to be at least a hundred if I’m in half the shape they were in.
What a country.

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