Austria, the first days – Altmunster

This is not Bahrain – there are trees, cars that use indicators, footpaths, people walking and contours! Yes, we’ve arrived in Austria, Lou is dusting off her German and we have culture-shock from being back in Europe.

Currently we are holed-up in a self-catering apartment in Altmunster, which is about 120 kilometres from Salzburg Airport and around 2-hours drive from Vienna, in the Austrian Lake District, or Salzkammergut, on the shores of Lake Traunsee. However, history anoraks will also know the area is largely infamous because of a paper signed in 1914, in a place called Bad Ischl, that started WW1.

However, I digress, back to the present.  The tiny part of Salzkammergut we’ve seen so far is just beautiful and we have done more walking in one day than the last four months in Bahrain – a twenty plus degrees temperature drop is in no small part responsible. Even the walk to the nearest SPAR supermarket is stunning – a footpath through the forest and some chocolate box streets and parks.

Atmunster is around 5km from Gmunden, the likeliest place for us to find accommodation. Gmunden is around 15km from Vorchdorf where our new college is based. A tram ride into work – just like being back in Slovakia.

Lots more photos inevitably to follow of the surrounding area (Lou has three months off work!!!) but for the time-being here’s a little taster of what we’ve walked past today.