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Graz--2 seasons in a day

The Graz was greener on the other day

My boss Andrew had shared with me his interesting experience last year of staying with this couple and recommended me to go and hear from them first hand about their travel experiences. Andrew calls them the "eastern europe specialist"
So off i went :))

It was a long 13 hour train journey ( i boarded the train in Luagno at 510 am ! )
I arrived in Graz in the evening and realised after awhile of wandering that many of the ways i had plan to go to their house was unavailable as the buses didnt run on sudays... I found an alternative route soon enough and after a few changes i arrived at the final bus stop.

The roads were not very well lit but soon enough i found the road and house 12 ( they were staying at 15) so i went in further on...After walking awhile, i could only find 14 and all the rest of the numbers jumped to above 40. I walked back and forth so many times in the pitch black and soon was getting tired.
After my months of travel, i have never gotten as lost as this...The entire area was totally deserted and there was no passerbys i could ask for help and almost all the houses were dark ( signifying unoccupancy)
Finally out of desperation, i found a house and rang the doorbell begging the man who answered to use his mobile phone.
Michael than came out to pick me haha, it was after 9 pm when i finally arrived at his house. A long day it was...

The coolest family in Graz. Daniela and Michael hada daughter lena 11 and a son Lukas 13.
They had travelled so much around with their super cool and fit children. The whole family also climbs !!! Sweet :)
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They also had a bundle of fur which some people mistake to be a cat
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Michael and Daniela were super hospitable, showing me what Austrain hospitality really was and i was very comfortable at all times with them.
They cooked super delicious and some traditional austrain dishes for me to sample and we spend some evenings having nice long talks, playing board games and i had the chance of hearing their whole family sing austrian songs !
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Their cosy house also had a incredible balcony where u can sit and just enjoy nature while sipping a cup of tea.
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This first picture was taken and than it started snowing, suddenly the entire place was covered with snow. Wahnsinn !
If you look at the first picture closely, u can see a deer in the middle :))

On our last free day, Michael, Daniela, Lena and me went hiking to the top of Schöckl ( as mentioned before they are all super fit)
It was really fun walking in the deep snow and we had magnificent views of the surrounding plains.
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We got home in the late afternoon and had a nice meal and Michael and i ended off the day by going bouldering !
:)) What a nice day it was and oh to exercise my weak fingers once more and feel the pump in my arms hahah :))

Posted by shawnified 11:38

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