Sabrina and I had a very busy day! We woke up early and were going to go to the zoo but it was about to start raining and we figured we should stick to indoor activities. We spent the morning walking around the mall and trying to get my cell phone business straightened out and then we hopped on a bus. We went to the Swarovski Crystal World in Wattens, Austria, which also happens to be where Sabrina’s family lives. The Crystal World was unbelievably crazy. Crazy in a way only foreign countries can be. It was absolutely not what I was expecting. I thought there would be some sort of guided tour where they tell me about how the crystals are produced and the history of the whole thing but I realize now that was a very silly and very American idea about a museum inside a mound shaped like a giant with a fountain coming out of his mouth. I know nothing more about Swarovski crystals than when I walked in but I do know you can make all sorts of really crazy art installations from it. Seriously I would be doing the place a great injustice if I tried to explain it but I’m going to set up a photobucket or flicker (can someone please suggest a site for me?) and I’ll get to posting all my pictures. I have about a million so far.
So next we walked to Sabrina’s mom’s house and stopped on the way for some delicious pastry. I am going to get FAT. Once we were there we said hello and took the car to Sabrina’s favorite ice cream place (delicious) and made a quick pit stop on the way back so I could photograph this amazing church. Unfortunately it was closed but there are some good outside shots. We came back and hung out with her three siblings and their two friends (all under the age of five). They taught me some words in German and I really had a wonderful time playing with them. Little kids crack me up. Especially if I don’t know what they’re saying. However, Sabrina translated something that I thought was truly wonderful and that I’ll be taking with me throughout this trip. I was struggling with some German pronunciation and it was making me and everyone else laugh and her very young brother said, “We may not all speak the same language but we all laugh the same.”
Dinner was amazing and Sabrina and I were so exhausted from the very busy day and very very few hours of sleep the night before (not to mention we were STUFFED). Her friend Vera drove us all back to Sabrina’s house in Innsbruck. We cuddled on her couch and watched 500 Days of Summer. Turns out that movie is not so romantic.
I just got off Skype with Alex which makes me so very very happy. Now it’s time for bed.