I’m still in the honeymoon stage of life in France. Culture shock is due to set in soon, but for now I just think this place is lovely! Everything is pretty. Food is delicious. Groceries are affordable. The weather is nice. People are friendly. Here are some nice pictures for you.
I don’t know if you remember me, but I visited you a couple of times in the past few years. I was the one who spoke high school French and ate your snails and frog legs. In a black coat. Walked a lot. Ring any bells? Well, we had some good times together.
When I visited the Salzburg Fortress, the one up on the hill that is 900 years old, I was happy to hear that they had a toilet to show me. Why? Because we’ve all read dates and places and battles in the history books, but I always wanted to know what life was really like back then. What would I have been doing? Toilets show you how the nitty gritty happened. Rubber meets the road in the toilet. That’s one reason I like them.
Sometimes when we visit a place, we see every last inch of it, chew it up, drain the dregs, and belch comfortably as our train rolls away from the station. Sometimes, we get a taste of the place and enjoy it so much that we’d like to go back. That’s what we did with 24 hours in Salzburg.
Why do people go on tours? I decided to do a side-by-side comparison of two trips and find out. We recently took two daytrips from Vienna, and I will now compare and contrast our two trips: a tour to the Wachau Valley, and a DIY trip to Budapest.
This is my first Christmas in Europe, so it’s my first time to visit Vienna’s Christmas markets. I have been to several of them this season, and they are every bit as lovely as I had imagined. I plan to go to several more. But why? I’ve finished my Christmas shopping, the weather’s colder than a witch’s elbow, and the crowds are massive. Why would an introvert put herself through that?
When we got to our hotel room in Spain, there it was. Right in front of the toilet, silently offering us its services. A bidet. I always wondered, why would you need that? What are you doing in the bathroom that you need to hose off afterward? I thought about googling it, but I was afraid something would come up that I would wish I could un-see. After playing with the faucet to see what kind of water flow it had, I just left it alone.
My friend got a teaching job in Spain, so I knew I had to go visit her while she was there. When I visit a country for the first time, I like to do some prep work so I don’t just bumble around the place. I’d never been to Spain, so here’s what I did.