Trip Start Nov 26, 2009
11Trip End Dec 22, 2009
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After a while, we were admitted into the castle, but what a disappointment that was. For all the amazing external views of the castle, the interior wasn't nearly as striking. It was extravagant and sensational, but we weren't allowed to take photos, and it all lacked a bit of meaning. Not helping was the flamboyant, slightly androgynous stylings of our tour guide named Benjamin Kast, a Bavarian who stated "I work for the castle, I live for the castle," with an accent a little like Goldmember from the third Austin Powers film. He was the kind of creepy tour guide you hear about... I'm glad we had safety in numbers. Upon exiting, we walked down the hill, ate some donut ball kind of thing and headed back onto the bus with Innsbruck to come!
This stint of the bus drive was possibly the most exciting of the tour in terms of scenery. The Austrian Alps were stunning, leading us to take a ridiculous amount of photos that, when looked back upon, were all of just mountains and snow. But what a sight! We then reached Innsbruck and enjoyed a trip into the Swarovski store, which was fitting considering the company originated in the Tyrol region of Austria, where Innsbruck is located. The rest of our hour-long lunch stop in Innsbruck revolved around food - a sumptuous chicken schnitzel and frites, a margarita pizza shared between five and the most amazing chocolate waffle on a stick
We headed back to the bus with a bit of a snowball fight, the first one we had on tour. Matheesha got hit in the arse by a snowball thrown by me, and for good measure... well, he got nothing on me. We'd had a wonderful day so far, but little did we know, Innsbruck was far closer to our previous destination, Munich, than it was to our next destination, Venice. Driving through as opposed to around the Alps costs a lot of time (although provides wonderful scenery), whilst the most unbelievable traffic jams of all time can occur on Italian motorways!