Last week I got back from Austria, it feels funny saying that in a way because I usually only take a one way trip anywhere I go, and settle for several months before taking my next one way journey – so anyway this was a round trip – Crete > Munich > Austria > Munich > Crete – where I was invited to attend something called Create32.
When I was thinking of a way to describe my overall experience of being a part of Create32 the only thing I could think of, was that it was like being a child who had been shown something that only adults are allowed to see – I was part of something bigger than I ever imagined I could be… So, I actually need to split my Austrian trip into 2 posts – one is very serious, regarding how my being here for a few days really changed my mindset – and the other – the one you are reading now is a mash-up video post of my trip, it was frankly in my opinion, hilarious, so therefore I cannot mix in my serious post with my hilarious one, because that would totally kill the mood…
The video experience kind of speaks for itself, and as far as The Create32 Meeting went, well, it was part of a government project so I had to sign a non-disclosure – but what I can reveal was a pretty remarkable place where I visited. In addition to the video, I thought I would add in a few highlights and lowlights below…
People DO where lederhosen
Yes! I know it’s a cliché, but some Austrian people walk around the streets in lederhosen, I was so excited to see this. Plus all the women in the hotel were dressed up in the traditional ‘bar wench’ style attire – It was like being on a film set.
Mountains, Mountains (and more Mountains)
I had a moment one day when I had come back from a meeting and sat in my room with about 5 minutes to spare before having to head out again – and I was staring at the mountains and the cable cars going back and forth – it did enter my head that I could possibly live in Austria… Issue for me is I love the sea and the sun, both are in short supply in Austria…
They serve grilled fruit
On my last night I was the only person left in the hotel from the Create32 meeting, so I took myself out onto the terrace for dinner – I ordered seafood, which came with, wait for it – grilled fruit… When I asked the waiter if this was a tradition to serve grilled fruit with fish, he responded, “No, I think the chef is trying to be modern.” – I cracked up….
They need good musicians…
I was multi-tasking at this dinner catching up on some work and decided to film the hotel singer, because he was without doubt the worst hotel singer I have ever heard… I am sorry Taglich, nothing personal… I did see though that the older folks were enjoying it and he got a few claps.
The buildings were awesome
I loved the houses there, and they were all so well kept, you could tell the Austrian’s spent a great deal of time on their homes and gardens… Not even a hint of a bit of cracked paint or broken glass – impeccable. I also never saw a single scrap of rubbish anywhere…
I saw a parade!
The day after I arrived I was delighted to see a parade going through the streets of the town, again in full traditional dress, and carrying what looked to be a statue of Mary, it was interesting and the closest I was getting to the sound of music.
I went 5000 feet above sea level
The town where I was staying had the largest cable car in the whole of Austria, and I went up to the top of the mountains, which was quite simply one of the most memorable and beautiful sites I have seen.