Just can't leave Austria
The following: So, were did we stop. Yeah, IPS or Ybbs on the Danube river, a lovely place. I walked through the center and it's very cute. I already had a designated camping spot when I got into town (5 km before there was a nice solitary grove) but when I finished the pizza, I realized that it is too dark for any camping - I'll take a hotel ... So I decided to stay longer in the city (to steal unprotected wireless) that I accidentally caught before dinner, to connect with everyone and to look (online) for some good (maybe bikers welcome) hotel / motel. I found it, past it into the navigator and after 5 min I was there. Turned out to be not a cheap option (38 €), but a good, neat, nice, with a room in the attic (overlooking the sea (ups.. Motorbike);), a hydromassage shower- I showered 2 times, good breakfast and two Bosnians who buy you a Ottakringer beer when I teoreticaly haven't even checked in yet :) Well, that's probably standard in Austrian hotels :D thanks boys. All this next to the Danube, which flows only there, and wi-fi that you pay € 2 (presumably to circle round the figure at 40) and a woman writes you the password on a little paper. If anyone will go, the hotel is ybbshof and the code gastzugang ;) --- You can just steal it from them from the parking lot if you are passing by, it's working well :D
But here, where I am now, wi-fi is for free, all in the price 10,07 euros, which I have given for the camping in a beautiful place in the north of Austria near the city Zwetel on a vast lake. Details can be seen (presumably) on the map, and now I currently sit on the rocks by the lake and the old ruins of a fort ... The place is beautiful, and because of the fortress and the black water, and the autumn atmosphere and flora (and thanks to the green grass in the camp) everything reminds me of Loch Ness and the surrounding area where I was last year at a similar time (mid october) - - a loud sound as if something large fell into the water captures my attention and reminds me of Nessie and that the Austrians could think of a story with ... Lichtie (that's somehow the lake is called)
But yes, let's get back on yesterday morning: after breakfast, I packed my stuff, and just when I wanted to sit on my motorbike and take off, first dsprinkle and then downpour... Ah what can a man do, a little more free internet under the roof in front of the kitchen? And about 1 o'clock when it calmed down, I drowe towards Melk. I choose this direction because of the Danube, and because on this way is a huge old fortress on the Danube, but on a hill at some 600mnv - the idea gave me a brochure from the hotel room, a fortress called Aggstein ... Till Melk a drizzle accompanied me, but then it stopped so I could visit the fortress ... It is very likable. I saw a WOK inn where I thought to eat chinese for € 6.20 from the daily menu, but that didn't happen... I ate self-cooked evening meal in the camp. Meat sauce and pasta :P Thank god on the campingaz and my mother's salt without which the pasta would not taste good :D
From Melk therefore I set off to Aggstein. The road is great (along the Danube) and everything is full of small Dorf's and all the hills are crowded with vines - some good native land .. I came in Aggsbach Dorf and then climbed to the fortress. It is huge and the view from there on the Danube and the hills on the other coast. Rocks are impressive and after 2-3 photos I've took I was sentenced to shoot with my iphone because I have managed to insufflate moist air between the first two external lenses trying to blow a tiny drop of rain from the lens. First I thought I accidentally pressed a button for some special effect on the screen because it looked like from a fairy tale - all blurry. Then I realise I'm a idiot x 2. But well, it dries and I put into my pocket and go on. I don't go into the fortress because of hunger and because it's getting late, and I don't know how much the ticket is - I think around 5 euros. I went down and came to Krems. Stop for the last time to take a photo of the Danube and ships. I drove to the north of Austria & searched the place to sleep - priorities: eat and sleep. However, I cross a bridge over the lake and see a sign for camping. Opaaa, I stop there. A great boss, he's got a girl-dog Berb and this morning he gave me. two pieces of bread for breakfast :) Danke. And he speaks English - the Austrians are generally zero for English. Dinner - super. Nowhere even a single soul to find - great. Camp closes today - meaning I caught the last night to spend here and it was the best camping night ever. It was quiet, warm (despite some 9degres out there. Once again, I thank the Norwegians for making and my father for giving me the sleeping bag :) so the night passed and the morning came --- breakfast on the grass, hot tea and moms jam <3 and my little walk from which i'm returning right now. I have to pack, post this and continue on. I am not exactly sure where will i go. But idea are always coming up. Over & Out.
The first and second day. Hm ... What to say? Apart from that Austria is beautiful, and for Slovenia I can not claim the same as I passed it in half an hour.. I'm just kidding; Slovenia is really a beautiful country, I had chance to visit it many times, but the most beautiful I've experienced it when I passed it with my motorbike, because then I went to the nicest places, and in addition the motorbike is a means of transport with which, whenever it is possible, I avoid highways, and almost always I led astray, and examine the region, meanderings, rivers, lakes, caves, which are almost always closed, as there were yesterday some I wanted to check-out, in Styria next to the city Weiz. To reach them, I was driving uphill on excellent asphalt and a myriad of potential camping or lunch-cooking-places :) However, back to... Slovenia - by that beauty (the hills and the Alps, and good roads) it reminds me of Austria, especially this part through which I drove today: crystal-clear rivers and creeks, old school sawmills, wonderful old-fashioned towns, each cut into a ravine , and a looot of farms with eaven more animals, all kinds - mostly cows and sheeps, and horses - these categories are visible from the roads;)
All this is quite high. Apparatus say that I was very high today, up to some 1300m, I crossed over a lot mountain passes today, so it was a lot of lowering and climbing. I slept by Birkfeld town, but out of the way, in the hills, where there are just a few farms (they even have common mailboxes on some intersections for a couple of farms, and signs with familiy last names, overall very nice). I found a secluded spot in a grove, but near the road (macadam road, with very low traffic - car count was some max 10 passes through my 14-15 hours spent there. Everything was some 900 m above sea level, next to a wooden abandoned house - quite spooky at night, especially under the moonlight as it was this night .. I woke up at 03:17 and I thought it was dawn, I could see absolutely everything thanks to moonlight - I saw even my shadow, and then of course the haunted cottage :D The motorbike is there and the alarm says "it's cool" with one red blinking. Ok, it's cold- I get into my winter sleeping bag (thanks dad) ... It is still warm :) quick look at the phone. A friend (Jela) sent a message how it feels to be on the road – told her it's great...
The first night ended just fine (cooked before bedtime tea and ate a small Milka - thanks sis), breakfast (cooked nescaffe - thanks mom – really family 1A – the best), I packed my stuff and came through all those beautiful places and the mountains to lowland region... Here I sit in the bar on the banks of the Danube (Ybbs an der Donau)... I love rivers, especially large ones, because of that I was fascinated by the Sava river only 10 days ago... that's a river. (there were floods). And the people ... I don't know, funny ... And they talk strange, I watched this morning two old men while discussing pancakes, and how children love them... It's just, they talk funny and german isn't my stronger side.. Just what is fundamental to manage, that means to eat, even that - learned in the first four grades of primary school and from Cobra 11. :D Haven't seen too pretty Austrian girls, but there is time...
For now this much - I'm checking out.
Kisa na putu za zagorje, prijepodne 25.09.2010, testiranje otpornosti opreme na kisu i kako radi aplikacija Trails na AjTelefonu... I prvo i drugo dobili prolazne ocjene. U ponedjeljak pokret :D
Mozda cisto neki uvod: put zapocinjem iz iljadu razloga... Neki od njih su: prvi i osnovni je da zelim nesto ovako dugotrajno, pustolovno i neizvjesno dozivjeti dok jos mogu, dok sam mlad i nemam odgovornosti i obveza koje bi me vezale fiksno uz mjesto mog boravista; zatim stvari koje sam napustio za sada, nisu me zadovoljavale te nisam zalio sto ih se odricem (prvenstveno posao i ustaljen, rutinski nacin zivota) Umjesto zaljenja, vise me pratio osjecaj da nemam nista za izgubiti, te osjecaj samopouzdanja sa svakim korakom blize realizaciji ideje i plana. Radi se dakle o putu oko Europe (za sada ;) koji bi pritom ukljucivao posjete sto vecem broju ljudi diljem Europe, a upoznao sam ih ovako ili onako, najcesce u aranzmanima studentskih seminara (najcesce podrucja odrzivog razvoja i obnovljivih izvora energije) te kroz druga putovanja, ili sam ljude upoznavao u RH. Isto tako, ideja je posjetiti sto vise zanimljivih lokacija i gradova... Plan gibanja nije fiksan; ali biti ce u okvirima dogovora s prijateljima, te s primicanjem zime (tada cu se povlaciti na jug (do Portugala/Spanjolske), a zatim u rano proljece opet prema sjeveru (Francuska, GB, Benelux, Skandinavija) - put financiram samostalno iz izvora vlastite ustedevine, a upravo iz tog razloga budzet ce biti skromniji i put stedljiviji; a isto tako bit cu otvoren za bilo kakve opcije ispomoci/rada u mjestima gdje cu se duze zadrzavati i ako se za takvo sto ukaze prilika. Bez obzira na ishod toga; gladan necu biti i nastojat cu ici svuda gdje naumim... Pa dokle potraje! Cinjenica je ta da je ovo once-in-a-lifetime oportunity, pa da mi ni tih novaca nece biti zao. Upravo suprotno ;)
Jedan od bitnih i mozda temeljni razlog ove zelje i ideje jest cinjenica da ja uistinu obozavam putovati i sve ono sto se veze uz to (meni je sve drago, pa cak i ono za sto vecina ljudi drzi da je kod putovanja negativno) A upravo su nepredvidivost i razlicitost od svakodnevnog zivota, u kojem uvijek zurimo, a svejedno ne stizemo, stvari koje trazim i cijenim. Kad putujem, osjecam se ispunjeno i zadovoljno; najcesce bez ikakvih briga u glavi; a ako ih i ima, motivacija za njihovim rjesavanjem je veca. Putovati sam opet ima nekakvu posebnu draz; i jako puno prednosti; a jedan od temeljnih razloga zasto bas idem sam jest taj -- sto zapravo nitko nije mogao to izrealizirati u tolikom opsegu kao ja (bilo to financijski ili drugacije), iako se mnogim mojim prijateljima, napose bikerima, ideja i koncept cinili odlicnim :)
Ali i inace; da bi putovanje s vise; odnosno jednom osobom uz sebe samoga bilo uspjesno i bez trzavica, tada s tom osobom morate bita maximalno kompatibilni; ali i spremni na manje kompromise i dogovor kada se bas ne sklopi totalna istomisljenost :p
I da ne nabrajam dalje; jedina ne tako dobra okolnost oko ove velike odluke je ta da napustam obitelj i prijatelje; ali, barem se danas za kvalitetan kontakt ni ne moraju ulagati pretjerano velika sredstva i napor. Pa se onda uzdam u to da cu sa svima ostati u kontaktu da se ne zaboravimo do mog povratka ;) a i nije ovo zauvijek?? Ili...
Perhaps purely an introduction: I'm starting this trip out thousands of reasons... Some of them are: the first and foremost is that I want to expirience something long, adventurous and uncertain like this while I still can, while I'm still young and don't have responsibilities and obligations that keep me tied to a fixed place; next, the things I have left haven't fulfilled me and I didn't regret that they are waiving (primarily business and usual, routine way of life). Instead of regrets, the more I was followed by the feeling you have nothing to lose and confidence with each step closer to realization of the ideas and plans. It is therefore a trip around Europe (for now;) which would thereby include visits to as many people across Europe, who I met one way or another, mostly in student seminar arrangements (usually the area of sustainable development and renewable energy) and through other trips, or I got to know people in Croatia. Also, the idea is to visit as many interesting sites and cities... Plan of motion is not fixed, but will be within the framework of agreements with friends and a pinch of winter (then I will withdraw to the south, to Portugal / Spain), and then again in early spring to the north (France, UK, Benelux, Scandinavia) – the trip is funded independently from my own sources of savings, and for that reason the budget will be modest and the trip economical, and also I will be open for any options for assistance/work in places where I will spend more time and if the opportunity arises such a thing. Regardless of the outcome of that, I won't be hungry and I will try to go everywhere I think of... So how long it lasts! The fact is that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so I won't feel sorry for the money. On the contrary ;)
One of the most important and perhaps the most fundamental reason for these desires and ideas is the fact that I truly adore to travel and everything that is linked to it (I like everything, even those things most people hold that are negative about traveling). Exactly the theunpredictability and diversity of everyday life, in which we always hurry, but still don't arrive, are the things I search and appreciate. When I travel, I feel fulfilled and satisfied, most often without any worries in my head, and even if there are some, the motivation for their resolution is higher. Travelling alone has it's own sort of special charm, and a lot of advantages, and one of the main reasons to go alone is - that actually nobody can accomplish this in such a scope as I can (be it financial or otherwise), although many of my friends, especially the bikers, thought of the idea and concept as excellent:)
But otherwise, for the trip to be successful and without friction if you travel with more, or a person with yourself, then you have to be maximum compatible with him/her, but also be willing to compromise and reach an agreement when you aren't like-minded. :p
And not to mention further, the only not-so-good factor about this big decision was to leave my family and friends, but at least today, for good contact you don't need to invest excessively large resources and effort. So I have confidence in that I will stay with everyone in touch so we don't forget eachother until my return;) and this is not forever?? Or ...
chapter I. Europe