After about five days in Bonn, Germany, I set out in the wintery weather in the direction of Frankfurt airport to catch a flight to Innsbruck. I would take a train ride like I did the last time and arrive at Frankfurt well before my flight. Given the horrible weather the days before, I needed to be there early enough to catch a train if there were cancellations.
Had a good window seat on the train for my luggage and decided to spend the hour admiring the view, but also sorting out documents on my laptop in preparation for a busy week of work!
Hearing the announcement as the train was approaching Frankfurt that the lines to Dresden were not going to be running worried me a little…
But once at the airport, I saw that not a single flight was cancelled – a window in the snow blanket to fly out of
Got to Innsbruck later that day (yes day, it was like 4pm when this picture was taken), urgh, short days can be quite depressing :S but the nostalgia that hit me was overwhelming. Met up with my colleagues who drove me to the apartment I would be staying at.
Had a long night on that day, but slept through in a nicely heated apartment and woke up to a beautiful morning view outside on the balcony of…. McDonalds… (do you sense something odd with that sentence?)
The apartment itself was quite cozy. Came outfitted with a kitchen and a dining table. I turned the living room into my sleeping corner as I was going to be sharing it with another colleague, who only arrived two days after me. The low table and dining table both became a work space for me. Had a dilemma deciding from time to time which one I would sit at.
The general area was filled with supermarkets and other apartments, quite a nice location as town centre and the Altstadt was only a 15-minute walk away.
Mountain tops were full of snow once again and the weather was near zero degrees. It was nevertheless quite comfortable now that I had bought the proper clothing for winter back in Germany. Decided on the Saturday after my arrival to take a trip downtown and have a look around.
Maria-Theresien street, albeit a bit different as winter had come. The square was decorated with winter stuff, snow and a lot of stores, the Christmas market.
They even had a small ice rink nearby for the kids and some adventurous adults, who wanted an afternoon of “extreme” sports.
I covered Maria-Theresien street, the relevant malls and walked all the way to Sillpark on that day as part of my nostalgia trip. It had only been four months since I last found myself in Innsbruck and everything still felt very familiar. The only funny thing was that 4pm had come by very quickly and the sun had already begun to set. It felt really weird because I remember these places to have closed doors for the day before darkness even arrived!
Sillpark’s beach bar, probably better known as a snow bar at this point.
Continued my walk around town. According to my colleagues, snow normally doesn’t fall that often, but this time it was an exception (must’ve been in preparation for the arrival of our whole research group, haha). During the next few days in Innsbruck, it slowly started to melt away and leave green grass and bare trees behind.
The streets in town were all decorated in Christmas lights, which is fair enough since Innsbruck is quite well known for its Christmas tradition (if you remember, they even have a Christmas shop in the Altstadt selling tree decorations and other goodies).
How I missed this view overlooking the rooftops of the University into the distant mountain range. My arrival in Innsbruck was pretty much well-timed. Got there on the Friday and had the weekend to reminisce and visit town, drink coffee where I used to drink it, eat the food that I used to eat and relax before the busy week quickly crept up on me. Welcome back to Innsbruck and this is where the next few posts will take place…