Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Entering Austria - Lake Worthersee!


2257 (local time)

Wothersee, Austria

Wothersee, Austria

OK, before I start, this is going to be a long post because I really loved my time in Worthersee, but if you can’t read, at the bottom of each Major Paragraph ill write TL;DR which means (Too Long; Didn’t Read) I’ll summarise in a few words what happened. Happy Lizzie J

WOW!!! I am having an awesome time in Austria! Wothersee is awesome! There is so much to do here!
If its Windsurfing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Swimming, Mounting Biking, Hiking, Wakeboarding, Photography! This place has it!

I don’t even know where to begin, I suppose I should tell you about where I’m staying. So, when I did my winter season in Austria I worked with a Austria girl called Nancy. Nancy introduced me to her friends Max and Nicole. When I let Nancy know that I was coming to hangout with her in Austria she had to find a place for me to stay, and the unfortunate ones were Max and Nicole.

Max and Nicole are renting a beautiful apartment that lives no more than 5 minutes from the lake! To be honest we hardly ever see each other, because when I am home, they are working and when they are home I’m off hiking! There are some parties happening soon, so hopefully we can spend some good quality time with one another!

Ok, so I arrived to Worthersee on the 2nd of July at Night so nothing much occurred, a few beers, no dramas! The next day I spend the entire day hiking! It’s so beautiful just walking on your own, listening to your own footsteps over the forest floor. This is what I have been wanting to do since Italy.
I picked up a map, was told some tracks and trails that I had to see, and off I went! With plenty of water, food and lollies off I went.

I got completely lost on my hike, and had to hitch a ride back into down, but I learnt a valuable lesson! “Trust your Compass”
Check out the photos!

TL;DR: Went Hiking, Got Lost – Remember Trust Your Compass.

Day 2, 4th of July. Again, went hiking! My legs are aching by now! I’m not used to this hiking at all. Again, I headed up into the forest again to get some views, but before I did I met the guys that own and run the local windsurfing shop here. Tommy (the owner) showed me around his shop and then told me about a party the windsurfing guys were having this Saturday. He is planning a party at the ‘secret location’ which is just out the back of his shop in this massive warehouse (aka, and old bakery)

He had bought tonne’s of beach sand, and was going to move it into this huge warehouse! I offered to help, as I thought I can meet all the local boys and just have a good night.
It was probably the hardest I’ve worked in about 3 years! :)

But it was great! We got it all done, beers and sausages were had, and I met all the local guys, and hopefully on Sunday, there is some wind and they will take me windsurfing!
Looking forward to the party on Saturday.

TL;DR: Went Hiking again, got Lost, helped the windsurfing boys put sand into a warehouse for a big party.

Day 3, 5th of July, was a very slow wake up day! My legs and whole body was in pain, I had a sore head from last night. Once I got myself into gear the plan was to hike up to the Pyramidenkogel, which is the biggest mountain near the Lake at 851 Metres. I caught the bus from Velden to Keutschacher See, and started my hike. It was estimated that it takes 2.5 hours. I blitzed it in 1hour an 6 minutes!

At the top of the Pyramidenkogel there is a 52metre high viewing station that gives you panoramic views of the entire area!

Unfortunately for me, after I sweated my way up there the guys that work up there told me it was closed because of thunderstorms in the close region. I was gutted! So after waiting around for 30 minutes I made my way to the bottom, I decided to run it.

So off I went, jumping over vines dodging trees as I made it all the way back down. When I got to a beautiful clearing I stopped, and found some shelter from the rain and just watched the angry clouds form!
Hearing the thunder boom through the sky and the forest was surreal. I loved it, and took some great photos! What do you think?!

TL;DR: Hiked to the top of the Pyramidenkogel, realised it was closed. So I watched the clouds.

Day 4, 6th of July
Today was Nancy’s day off, so I hung out with her for the whole day. The plan was to relax at the beach, getting a tan and going for a swim! Anyway, all of a sudden a huge storm kicked in! Dark Clouds, Thunder, Lightening and – WIND! It was howling, maybe 25 knots! And I just knew that all the boys were out windsurfing at the other beach, but there was no way I could get up there! No Worries!

Instead, I met Nancy’s friends where we had a few drinks, dumped our stuff and entered the Worlds Body Painting Festival! I knew nothing about this! We paid out 15 Euros entry, and walked in!

All of a sudden I’m greeted by this topless 6’2 stunning green woman! I was shocked, anyway I got chatting to the artist, and I realised that she is from England, and she explained to me what the body painting festival is all about!

Artists from over 20 countries come to Worthersee to paint ‘models’, which are then voted on by specific judges, based on the body painting the personality of the model etc.
It was amazing!

At night, after the body painting festival a shitty German 6 piece boy band got up on stage and sang some very, very average songs for about 1.5 hours. It disgusted me. Myself and a bunch of 30 – 40 year old guys behind me mocked them for their entire set.

By 11.30pm the crowd was moving on, but I was really enjoying watching the UV body painting festival because they had great music! But all my friends were leaving. Anyway, I bumped into a bunch of VERY drunk Austrian guys celebrating their friends Bachelor party. They told me that they were heading to a club called the Tenner. So I convince Vici (one of Nancy’s friends) that we must go there.

On arrival I couldn’t stop laughing. This was a barn, with a bunch of old guys and girls dancing around to very sketchy German Pop. It was the sleaziest thing I have ever witnessed… I think we stayed for a couple of hours until it was just too much…

TL;DR: Hung out with Nancy, Went to the bodypainting festival, then visited the sketchiest bar ever.

Day 5, 7th of July

The Big Day! Saturday! The day of the Wind n’ Waves party, and also the Red Bull – Gravity Games Event!

I eventually found the beach, joined a team with 2 guys called Flo, made up a group name called ‘Team Skippy’ We assigned an event for each of us to partake in and we were set!

There were 3 events.

- Assebomb – Biggest and most Stylish BOMB off a Diving Board.
-Stand Up Paddle Challenge – 2 people on a SUP board, and you have to shake the other off.
-Running on water – 6 foam platform tied in the water, you have to run from the beach and see how far you can get.

I was assigned to the Stand Up Paddle challenge on the basis that: 
1) I am Australian so I can surf = balance.
2) I am a windsurfing instructor = balance.

It was a great choice as I came 2nd. I made it through several rounds, only to be topped at the end by another windsurfer who is the importer for ION. It wasn’t so bad!

The other guys in my team also did really well, and we ended up coming 2nd overall out of 13 – 14 teams!
We ended up winning several cans of Red Bull, and – wait for it – A bottle of Absolute Vodka!
We can all see how that ended up. Need I Say More!
TL;DR: Came 2nd at a Red Bull event, got free vodka!

Day 6, 8th of July.
Sunday, was a slow day. Got up late. Had eggs for breakfast, went down to the beach to relax. Hung out with the guys. It was perfect.

TL;DR: Don’t Be Lazy.

Day 7, 9th of July.
Another easy day, there was predicted some wind today, so I headed down to the beach early. Realised that there was no wind, so I hired a Stand Up Paddle Board, and paddled around the Lake for a hour! It was lovely! So much fun! The guys at Wind ‘n Waves hooked me up, and gave me the board for free! It was great.

In the afternoon, the wind looked like it was going to come in, so I borrow one of the boys kit, and tried to get planning, but to no avail.\

TL;DR: Went Supping, went Windsurfing.

Day 8, 10th of July.

Monday was travel day, I booked my ticket 3 days before to St Anton, so I could do some hiking in Zurs/Lech. My ticket was only 19 Euros! Bargain!

I got into St Anton at 9pm, where I eventually met Stef Eggler, who was going to let me stay at their hotel for a few nights… Cannot Wait! But that’s for the next post!

So till then my lovely little lemon drops!
X Steve

Just getting arty! Like?

Hows the view of the lake for my first hike!

Self Timer!

My little lunch spot!

Hows the hiking trails! Awesome ey?

Great Views!

Hows the views!

This was just taken after it had poured with rain! I found this grassy opening!

A nice little viewing platform!

My new best mate!

Great Clouds!

In the wheat fields!

More hiking tracks! How Beautiful!

The signs i use to show me where to go... with the help of a compass!

This is taken hiking up the Pyramidkogal - i had to follow these signs!

The Pyramidkogal


More Clouds!

So i like clouds...

on the lake worthersee!
Next photos are of the Body Painting Festival! Enjoy!

All painted on!

Ill leave comments to you guys.

"point at her boots, not boobs"

Now, the Red Bull Gravity Games! Second Place WOO!
Red Bull Gravity Games

Red Bull Gravity Games!


You Ripper!

the Flo's and Me!



Saturday, July 28, 2012

Replacing the Streets with Water! - Venice!


2034 (local time)


Written in Lake Worthersee @ Nicole & Max’s beautiful flat!

I’m not gonna lie guys! It is great getting out of the city. Currently I’m sitting on a balcony in Worthersee, Austria looking at beautiful Austrian houses whilst looking into a very green backyard! Things are looking good for the Fig again!

So I left Venice yesterday, after being there for 3 nights! And, it wasn’t all that bad to be honest! The nice thing about Venice is that you can escape the hustle and bustle of the tourists and sneak down a little side ally, that may or may not lead to a dead end! But that’s the exciting thing about travelling… getting lost!

Yeah I did see the main tourist attraction of Venice, St Mark’s Square. It was nice, in fact I think it’s one of the biggest square in Europe?

Most of my time was spent getting lost though, and it was great! In Venice it was averaging in the low to mid 30’s. So getting in some shade was great. I presume that the streets are built so close together so that people can also escape the heat of the summer.

Anyway, I arrived at night on the 29th of June, and stayed for 3 nights in the cool out of the way camp site, I was living in a tent, waking up at 8am every morning because it was 28 degrees in my tent!

 My first proper day was spent exploring the city with a very young American tourist. Ah, it was ok, like I said I spent the day getting lost.

The next day I planned on doing absolutely nothing! I met a 30y.o American guy that lives in Texas named Sean, and we just chilled out all day in the pool and having ‘a holiday from my holiday’ and it was great! That night was going to be a big party because Italy was playing Spain in the European soccer ‘grand final’.
My money was on Spain to win it, and of course they did… they were thrashed Italy 4-0.

What was really nice, is that we got some beers at 6pm, and just started playing some cards and drinking together outside of my tent, with my little speaker listening to Creedance Clearwater, Pearl Jam and Sublime! Eventually more and more people started arriving, and by about 8pm there were at least 10 other travellers playing cards! It was fantastic! By the time the soccer came around, I didn’t really care, but was happy just meeting like minded people.

The next day was again, very relaxing. I had booked what I thought was a train to Austria, Lake Worthersee, but infact I found out 30 minutes before, that I instead had booked a BUS! A quick dash from the train station to the bus station was needed for me to make it! Luckily I did, and 6 hours later I arrived in Worthersee, Austria to meet Nancy!

And that will bring me to my next post… the kid from the suburbs goes hiking!!!

Adios Amigos’

The Canals in Venice!

Not cars... boats!

Beautiful reflection of the bridge!

I just loved the vines tracing their way up the building!

The main canal!

At the St Marks Square!

St Marks Square!

All the many boats!


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Restless in Rome!


1845 (local time)


Still on that train to Venice!

Rome, well I don’t know what to say. Honestly, I did not like it. Far too many tourists for my liking it was unbelievable! Everywhere I went I was bumping shoulders with tourists. Australians that I can’t stand, are in Rome! Dumb American tourists are in Rome, it’s the go to place for them.

Fortunately for me I met a really cool Canadian guy that is doing a bit of a Euro trip, he shares the same values as me… getting off that beaten track.

Anyway, so Tyler and myself hit all these ‘tourist’ attractions together but making sure we had fun doing it.
We had a pretend knife fight in the Colosseum, we pretended to be the pope in the Vatican city. We did our best to enjoy a pretty uncomfortable situation.

I think Rome as a city is beautiful… it’s a bit over the top with all the buildings (and fountains) but at the end of the day, they are pretty stunning! And if it wasn’t for all the people around, it would be good.


It definitely wasn’t the best place I have ever visited. - maybe because I set such high expectations...

Tyler and myself had good times at night, we found some local bands, I did my first ever pub crawl, but it was still lacking for me.

Anyway, enjoy the photos, and let me know what you think.

Maybe Venice will be different…

Take care all my lovely battle axe warriors!

Steve The Enforcer Flack signs out once again!

First Stop - Colosseum 


in the background, is the Roman Forum!

Pretending to be the 'decider' of who lives and dies..


Typical Knife Fight!

We convinced this Indian shop owner to wear his helmet and sword! I spoke about the cricket!

THIS IS SPARTAAAA... wait, is it?

I think this is at the Tomb of the unknown soldier?! 

Potentially one of the most beautiful buildings!

Trevi Fountain


More Tourists at the Trevi Fountain!

The Pantheon 

Inside the Pantheon 

Spanish Steps!

In the Vatican City - SO HOT!

Inside the Cathedral!

Outside the Cathedral!

The Pope?

The Popes!

At the Vatican Museum 

Average Photo of Average Dudes - 'how did this get in here'

Good Roof!

Great Roof!

Pope's Back!

Pope is definitely back