It's been a very busy past few days. Since we still haven't started class yet, we had the chance to go on some amazing tours and see some phenomenal places.
On Friday the 7th, we traveled to a small town about 40 minutes outside of Salzburg and went down into a salt mine. We got to put on these snazzy outfits: (My great friend and roommate, Erin Petersen, is the model)
Now, I know that a salt mine may or may not sound lame and boring. But it was actually fascinating to learn about how Salzburg (Salz = Salt) became such a rich and beautiful city. As we took a little train-type of thing through the mine and walked through the tunnels, we actually crossed into Germany from Austria. Now I've been to Germany.
I also couldn't understand how people could spend so many hours so far under the ground without daylight. It was so bright when we finally came back out!
Then, we made our way to Werfen, also a small-ish town near Salzburg. We went to a fortress there and explored. It was crazy to walk around a real castle where so much has happened in the past. Standing in a chamber where thousands of people were tortured, looking out a window that many men have shot arrows out of. So surreal. So much history.
Saturday the 8th..
I went to the Austrian emporor's place, Kaiservilla, which was in a town called Badischl.
It really reminded me of my house. (I wish)
The place was so extravagant, which is ironic because he and the Empress didn't lead extravagant lives like most would think they did. I stood in the room where World War I was started. Again, so surreal.
I also learned a lot about the Empress, "Cici," who was actually a very strong woman and quite the feminist. Very interesting.
Then we went to a small town, Hallstat. There we visited a small graveyard that had a bone house. I've never seen something like this before, and needless to say..I spent very little time in there.
We pulled over on the way home and took a swim in this lake right up against the Alps. The water was so clear and I loved every minute of it.
Definitely a day I'll remember.