This was my second consecutive weekend of travel, which I was TOTALLY excited for. I can’t can’t can’t believe I had my GA pass for so long (11 months now!) and didn’t take advantage of it to the fullest. Obviously I still saved loads of money though, cuz if you average it out, the pass costs about 200SFr/month.. You have to pay for it upfront, which is a bit hefty, but if you calculate it by month and usage blah blah then it really is worth the 2400SFr price tag. Even back in Toronto, if you get a monthly TTC pass it costs at least $100. So 200SFr for unlimited travel in a COUNTRY?? Totally worth every penny. Or centime. Whatever.
So when I was still in school, I normally spent at least 300SFr of travel each month. Plus I made a lot of trips to the airport this year (holy crap, thinking back.. it was a lot!!! England, Spain, Turkey, Russia, Poland, Iceland, etc etc).. and without the pass, each trip costs something like 40SFr. Very expensive.
But STILL. I really wish I did more trips around Switzerland and to some of our border countries. Oh well :( I think it mostly had to do with the fact that Jacky was in Leysin and I went up to see him nearly every weekend. Oh the things we do for love.
Anyway. Maria and I visited Vienna in the summer of 2010 and we LOVED the city!! The people were gracious, the shopping was wonderful, and there was just so much to do/see. I’ve always wanted to go back to Austria because I know there’s loads to do in the country besides the capital. So when I realized that a round-trip train ride to Innsbruck would only cost us 50SFr, I totally jumped onto the opportunity!!!
I emailed my friend Amrutha to see if she was interested, since she has a GA pass also and lives closer to Innsbruck than I do (she lives in Basel, the Swiss German part of the country, hence closer to Austria). She was excited about the idea so that was it!!
Because we lived in opposite ends of the country, we met in Zurich and boarded the train to Innsbruck. The train ride was really comfortable and didn’t feel long at all. In fact, going to Zurich felt like more of a drag.. For me, the entire trip took about 5.5 hours from my apartment to the Innsbruck hauptbahnhof (main train station). Amrutha booked a room at the Ibis Hotel and it was SO convenient.. like the hotel was actually connected to the train station. Yay for us.
The moment you step out of the station, it’s like.. woow. Unlike (most of) the Lake Geneva area, you are actually so close to the mountains. They make an amazing backdrop in photos.
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