Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Austria: Salzburg


How am I doing..?? Hurm.. Today is exactly 40 days since Nuyui passed away.. I miss her so bad.. Even the songs that we used to talk about can still bring me to tears, like Imagine Dragons' 'Radioacitve'.. But I'm doing fine.. Moving on like I'm supposed to.. 'Life must go on' we say... So I decided to continue sharing my solo travel experience.. Because I'm actually also excited to share about my Eurotrip so I guess I better finish  writing about this trip quickly.. So here goes~

Well.. as I said in my Kutna Hora post, I was LITERALLY dragging my left foot as I walk to the hostel. I could feel the friction in my joint and there was a clicking sound every time my leg bent. At the hostel, I couldn't even afford to walk to the washroom. The pain was debilitating; for a moment I thought my vacation is going to be ruined.... I took two Paracetamol that night; the only pain killer that I got. Bijak Pharmacist satu nih! (^^")

I spent the whole night, immobilized, on my bed with my left foot straightened. I have no plans for the next day and I was not even sure whether I can go for more sightseeing with the stiffened left foot of mine.Then I recalled my conversation with Z when she said that I could go to Austria from Czech by train. So.. Voila!!!! Googled the train details and schedule; 6 hours journey. I thought, "Ahax! Just enough time for you to recover, kaki!" So it was decided that I shall go to Austria!!!!!!!! With my limited amount of Euros,to be precise~ Heeeee...

Outwardly, Czech doesn't look that affluent to me but I really think they are an efficient country as compared to 3 other Europe countries that shall not be named here that I went to recently. The train was punctual, and I need  not be confused by the system or anything because everything was also available in English at the station. So there I was, the limp traveler heading for Austria....

Czech Republic's train

I know very little of Austria. It wasn't even in the list of Europe countries that I want to visit so my knowledge about the country is almost near zero.. As the train move south, the scenery from the city turns into small towns and then remote villages in hilly areas. The houses were smaller in the remote area and there were lesser snow too. Then suddenly we arrived in an area where the design of the houses were obviously different from the ones in Czech. The houses were huge, some were made of varnished wood, some were almost entirely glass and the car parked on the pavement were luxurious cars. Bingung sekejap.. "Astaga! Sangat kaya ka pula Austria ni??" (^^")

Austria's train

I had to change train in Linz. The transit time was short, only for 8 minutes. Dan mau bilang betapa punctualnya la kereta api dorang, aku bole terkepit di pintu dengan super dahsyatnya. There were still a number of people queuing behind me as I stepped into the train when suddenly the train door snapped shut. I was stuck!!!! I can't neither go into the train nor get off the train. But I think the funny thing was I didn't even panic and I didn't even cry for help hahaha Actually that is quite normal to those who know me well. I am well known for not having any sense of emergency. Then... I was rescued by two charming men!!!!!!! Hehehe I guess that's the best part of this incident. I blushed, thanked them and rushed to find an empty seat.

I went straight to the loo when I arrived in Salzburg. To my surprise, it cost me 50 Euro cent! (-_-") Mahal betul untuk tandas yang kecil itu! Then I went to the Tourist Info centre which is conveniently located near the entrance that you won't miss it. I was quite disappointed to find that the hostel that I booked online was located  far from the old town area. So I, again, instinctively decided that it's better to stay in a hotel in the old town area itself since I'll be leaving at 12 pm the next day.

Actually the old town is just a walking distance from the station but you can also take a bus especially if you're limp like me! So my first mission was TO FIND A BUDGET HOTEL IN OLD TOWN SALZBURG!!! And this proved to be IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!! It was a weekend so all middle price accommodations were full and the (not so)cheap rooms in most of the hotels were also full.. Ada ni satu..

"The only room that is available now is a suite. It is 205 Euros per night"
GG: O my God! That is too expensive for me
"But I can assure you that it is worth it. It's very big and you'll be satisfied with our service"
GG: Okay.. let me try my luck at the other hotels first. If I can't get a room to spend a night, I'll be back for the suite.. Heeeee

And lucky me!!! I manage to find a room that cost me lesser than that; 105 Euros per night and voilla!! Bermewah2 aku!!

To be honest, the room was bigger than the room that the 5 of us shared in Ilchulbong!!! There are some other parts of the room that are not shown here. On top is just the shower. There is a toilet just next to the front door.

Katil pon besar.. Wi Fi pon laju gila.. Sempat lagi beguling guling atas sofa so that it is not wasted since I'll be spending the night on the bed not the sofa

Naaaa.. You see that wide opened white door.. That will lead you to another room where there is a toilet and a closet to hang your coat and also the front door... Hehe mewaaah! I didn't think much about the price.. I was a bit worried, though. But I was saying to myself.. "Nda apa la... 3 malam suda d 23 beds dorm.." statement sedapkan hati...

That evening I just walked around the old town area and had dinner in a Halal Indian restaurant which is about 1-2 minutes walk from my hotel..

The waiter approached me..

Waiter: Where are you from dear??
GG: I'm from Malaysia.
Waiter: I see you love Briyani very much. You have lots of Indian Restaurant in Malaysia??
GG: Yes, we do and I always order Briyani.. But yours is excellent!

Kenapa pacik ni bole cakap begini..?? Mestila nasi briyani yang banyak tu licin!! Hahaha 8 jam okay x makan!!!!

Elefant Hotel.. Sebab tu la kali bilik dia besar.. Elefant.. Pacik receptionist punya accent sebijik Arnie!

That fortress that allured me to Salzburg~

Salzburg kampong Mozart ye tuan puan~

Motivasi bagi orang muda yang buncit~ 6 pax bha c pacik!

To be continued... 

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