|The wonderful family I spent Christmas with!|
|St. Catherine's Monastery|
I took a night train from Milan and arrived in Salzburg around 7am. I met Amanda (a fellow American that I met through my program in Spain) at our hostel there. This was a bit strange because it was my second time in Salzburg; I had been there six years earlier with my high school band. I definitely had a sense of déjá vu being there again, but it was great! Over the day and a half we were there, we visited a lot of things: the mozart museum, the Hoehnsalzburg castle, St. Peter's cemetery, St. Peter's catacombs, the Mirabelle gardens, and more! But, I have to say my favorite part about being in Salzburg was just walking around the picturesque city, soaking in the atmosphere, and sampling the local cuisine. We had plenty of sausages and pretzels as well as a nice meal of beef soup, wiener-schnitzel, potato salad and Austrian beer.
|The main square in Zagreb, Croatia for NYE!|
|Plitvice National Park|
|Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia|
|Outside the Schonbrunn Palace|
All in all the trip was phenomenal! I always love seeing new parts of the world and seeing what their culture is like. However, I must admit after fifteen days straight of traveling (and in countries that I didn't know the language) I was extremely happy to get back to a country with a familiar language and a familiar bed :)