From no mountain land (Estonia is really very flat) to the highest mountains.
Welcome to Austria! You stole our hearts.
Look at that
Austria was our first real planned stop because Karl wanted to go snowboarding. On our first day, we drove to Hintertux to check the weather conditions for the next days. When we arrived at Hintertux, there was still snow on the ground, but the sun was shining. Astonishing weather conditions for May.
I’m not the biggest fan of driving in the mountains, but I do like the view, and it seems Sydney has the same problem. He gets restless in the mountains while Newton can sleep through anything. Fascinating how similar we are with our dogs.
We found a spot to stay the night near Mayrhofen on the Zillertal flight school premises. The view in the valley is breathtaking, and in the evening we watched how the paragliders landed next to us. There is something about the mountains that makes you feel so small and vulnerable. Nevertheless, we had such a good rest that night.
Following day we prepared to leave for Hintertux, but first, we had to pack everything up including the tent. Near our camp spot, we had chickens running around, and frankly, Newton loves to chase them. You can imagine what happened when he saw a chicken while being in the tent… yes, you are correct he almost broke it. Just some tiny things that always happen when you have two dogs.
Karl rented a snowboard from the ski school and was super happy with the service and the board quality. I went with the boys for a walk, and after that, I did some work on the computer. It’s very motivating to do creative work in such an environment, nothing you can compare to sitting in an office.
When Karl came back, we decided to drive to Tirol and stay the night there. We found this unusual Bikers Ranch who also had a small campsite in their backyard. At the same time, there was a bikers gathering, so the owner had his hands full of pouring the beer and cider. The location was stunning. We had warm weather below, although the view was towards the snowy mountains. The campsite has all new facilities, and we were excited about a warm shower. Also, I desperately needed to wash my hair. Nevertheless, it worked with solar power, which means that during the evening, no hot water. Such a disappointment, but who cares when your backyard has a million dollar view.
The next day we went hiking. I chose a path, which was not so difficult. We had a lot of detours on the track, but otherwise, it was a beautiful hike. The boys absolutely loved the walk, and we even found some snow on the way. Near the end, we visited a restaurant with an astonishing view on top of a hill, so we had a little coffee break. After the hike, which lasted 3,5h, we were pretty tired, but we still had a long drive ahead to Vienna.
Poor Sydney had to pose in front of many churches
Karl’s previous manager (Sylvia) lives in Vienna, and she invited us to stay in the rowing club where she is training. We arrived in Vienna rather late and were quite exhausted. The next day we understood that Newton is not feeling that good and has diarrhea. The following days past quietly. Sydney and I had a little sightseeing tour in Vienna when the rest of the crew was resting. It was nice to be us two (Sydney and I) and discovering new places. It’s definitely a city to visit if you like architecture.
On our last night, we had dinner at Sylvia’s place, and we believed that Newton is finally feeling better. Unfortunately, that was not the situation, and the next day, we went to see a local vet. The doctors at the Tierklinik Neulinggasse were just amazing. They welcomed us right away in and took such good care of Newton. If you ever need a vet clinic in Vienna, then we recommend them. They told that this is a common virus in Vienna because there are so many dogs. However, if the treatment doesn’t work, then probably Newton has some other parasites that cause it.
Our little corner at the rowing club
Last year we understood that the best spots where to stay are local farms. You can buy their food and other products that they sell and spend the night at a low cost. Of course, we especially love the vineyards. We chose to visit in South Austria the Peter Grill vineyard. Their house wine and vegetarian food are just beyond and cheap. We stayed there for three nights relaxing and doing some work. We also met a friendly young German couple who were traveling in their T4 Multivan for almost a year. It got me thinking of the life paths we choose these days. Young people at age 18/19 choose traveling before college because they need that time to figure out what they want to do. Something that I still do and I’m over 30. Karl helped them to create their logo what they can print out. So much inspiration from them, and we do wish all the best for @vwievanlife.
Such a magical place in South Austria
In the end, I would say Austria has positively become one of our favorite countries so far. I hope one day we’ll move somewhere close by, so we can visit it whenever we like. Now it’s time to go to Slovenia, a country we have never visited before.