Friday, January 20, 2012

One street in Salzburg

Moostrasse. Yep. That's the name. Thats the name of the street in Salzburg. That street is dear to me as it brings back so many good memories. It is a long street, perfectly straight. It starts off right at the end of the new/old city of Salzburg and takes you all the way to the Untersberg mountain. This mountain is beautiful. It is also where they shot the film "The sounds of music". A quote from Wikipedia on the Untersberg: "The Untersberg is a mountain massif of the Berchtesgaden Alps that straddles the border between Berchtesgaden, Germany and Salzburg, Austria" Wow!
Now back to Moostrasse street. There is an American Boarding school there. Thats were I have learned. I attended this high school for two years. Moostrasse street has so many Zimmers, you wouldn't believe it. Almost every other house has this wooden sign out side with the writing "Zimmer Frei" that's" Vacant room" in German. If you're up for a cosy Austrian traditional bed and breakfast - just knock on the door and you will be immediately escorted to your room. These arent hotels with large receptions and paper work. Just hop in, get a shower, dress up and enjoy the scenery. Pay just before check out after breakfast and drive off to your next destination. I like those zimmers because the wooden interior design they have in the Alps and because its very informal and easy in and out.
There is something...easy..relaxing or simply down to earth, highly productive and honest about the people of Salzburg. That sounds like a bunch of words with no meaning but I will give you an example. As oposed to Vienna, the 1.5 million person capital of Austria, Salzburg and the towns and villages are much quieter and relaxing. I used to see this old lady on a bicycle almost every morning. She would cycle up the street until she made it to the big chestnut tree. Next to that tree, on a sign poll, was a plastic bag filled with today's newspaper from one of the leading papers in town. She would put a dime in the box on top and only then open the facility and take out a newspaper. Sounds easy. But for people not living in Austria, this simple scene is hard to explain. Why put a dime in the box? who will see you if you don't? After all, its not an automatic machine. Anyone can open and take out a paper. Perhaps read it on the spot and return it. But Nooo, not the old Austrian lady. She would never even think about opening the plastic bag facility if she didn't have the exact amount of money. You see, that's Austria. That's would I like about it. If you pay for your paper left on a poll next to a tree, you would do anything right. That's why Austria is perfect, that's exactly why the food tastes so good, that's why the bus is always on time, that's why everything is pure and good. Its called Austria.