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The Beginning of Our Journey


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After spending a beautiful week with our families over the Christmas period it was time for us to set out on our exciting adventure. Josh with his dreams of amazing snowboarding and Juli with her whimsical ideas about Europe (“Do you think everyone in Austria wears ‘play clothes’ and people in Netherlands all wear wooden shoes?”) The 23 hour journey started with us on opposite sides of Australia with a plan to meet at Singapore Airport.
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After spending a beautiful week with our families over the Christmas period it was time for us to set out on our exciting adventure. Josh with his dreams of amazing snowboarding and Juli with her whimsical ideas about Europe (“Do you think everyone in Austria wears ‘play clothes’ and people in Netherlands all wear wooden shoes?”) The 23 hour journey started with us on opposite sides of Australia with a plan to meet at Singapore Airport.

The flights over to Singapore were really great (Josh being impressed with the emergency exit row and Juli moving down the list of free cocktails in her drinks menu). After Josh’s trekking through the airport to Juli’s gate and giving up on her (flight ever arriving) he left. Juli arrived and saw no sign of Josh but spotted him in the distance and ran like Bridget Jones to Mr Darcy. After our reunion we chased the New Year celebrations from Singapore to Munich on a 13 hour flight.
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We arrived fatigued on New Year’s morning, but we were probably feeling better than most of you. We collected our bags and checked into the Euro Youth Hostel around 7am and were rewarded with a free breakfast! As it was New Year’s Day, most establishments in the city were closed. With this in mind we strolled into Marianplatz in the centre of Munich for a free walking tour around the city. Our English tour guide Jon was both informative and entertaining as we made our way around the city learning about its history, architecture and ‘gut bier’.

Our second day in München was quite a bit darker - we visited the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. Watching movies and reading books doesn’t prepare you for visiting a site like this in person. We learnt about the development of the camp from its early days housing political prisoners, to the later years, as an infamous concentration camp. Many of the original structures at the site have been preserved from the time the camp was liberated by The Allies. This was at the request of the surviving prisoners, to ensure that future generations could gain some insight into the events that transpired in these camps. What was really confronting during the day was walking through an original gas chamber and past the ovens used to cremate the bodies. We had a quiet journey back into Munich reflecting on what we had seen. We finished this difficult and eye-opening day with something a little lighter: currywürst, glühwein and crepes.
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The next day it was time for the part of the trip Josh had been most looking forward to – snowboarding in Innsbruck, Austria! A two hour scenic train ride took us directly from Munich to Innsbruck on Friday the 3rd of January.

The next week was spent having an amazing time on a range of different slopes, including Stubai Glacier – a 365 day skiing resort!!! We both had an amazing time ‘off piste’ (practically floating on fresh untouched snow), eating surprisingly good food on the mountains (see the below photo of Josh) and finishing with a 10km ride to the bottom of the mountain (unheard of in Australia). There was just one thing that was missing, the snow was so dry that Juli couldn’t make snowballs to throw at Josh but they both settled for more glühwein and currywürst – not a bad compromise. 
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When Josh could be dragged away from the slopes we enjoyed walking around the ‘old town’ and trying out as much Deutsch as possible - thankfully the locals were very patient. Accommodation wise, we were staying in The Glockenhaus which is an old 1800s factory for guns and canons. Later it became a factory for bells and that is where the name ‘house of bells’ comes from. The host was lovely but the overall hygiene of the facilities left a bit to be desired. Funnily enough for about half the time we were staying there 6 out of the 8 people in our room were fellow Australian travellers!
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During the last couple of days in Innsbruck we had the difficult task of trying to work out where we were to go next. With so many options it was a really hard task but we decided to head east to Vienna- again we travelled by train because we would be able to see a lot more of the country side – we weren’t disappointed.

Since arriving in Vienna, we have enjoyed exploring what this beautiful city has to offer – indulging in the local cuisine, cycling around the city, going to the opera and visiting the Schoβ Schӧnbrunn Palace, we even went to the Schmetterling Haus (butterfly house)- Josh’s idea. Today we are off to Hungary.
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We will aim to post on this blog roughly once a week.

Please feel free to comment below or share your thoughts on other destinations we might like to visit. We would really appreciate you keeping us posted on what is happening back home, we have regular access to the internet and are available on email and facetime.

Lots of love,
Josh and Juli
xxx

Posted by julesandjosh 03:35

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Hey Jules and Josh,

This is such a great idea. I am looking forward to reading about your travels and that way I won't miss you as much. Keep safe you two. Love you lots. Xxxxxxx

by Lynny Sneddon

It was great to come into work and see your blog, great idea to stay in touch. So happy you are both having such a great time.
Take care
Lots of Love

by Viv Anderson

Lynny and Viv thank you so much for your love and comments :)
We are really glad you enjoyed reading about our travels.
Will post again soon we promise.
Xoxoxo

by julesandjosh

Hello You Two,
Wow! I am amazed at how much you have already managed to fit in and such an extensive travel blog too!
Jules, you do know that we are back at school in only three days (don't be too sad). We will all miss you but send you lots of warm wishes and love for a wonderful, never to be repeated experience.
Take care and I look forward to your next update.
Love Chrissy xx

by chrissymp

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