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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hello from the North Carolina Mountains and travel updates in general

20140927_171646_resizedQuick update from me here while I have wi-fi at the restaurant/bar we are at currently. :) No wi-fi and almost no working cell signal at the resort we are staying so need to take advantage of being connected while we can. Welcome to the mountains I suppose. Lol. I do have to say it's a very pretty area from the little I have seen on our ride here. 

Well let's recap last week before I get to our current trip. Work was busy as it usually is when I am preparing for some time off. This is actually the first time in a year that Mike and I are taking a whole week off together so I am sort of anxious about how things are going to go at work with the scaled back staff/work force we have now. Fingers crossed I suppose. 

In more fun news we also booked a trip to Austria for the very end of November. My mom's 60th birthday is in mid November and I wanted to go for that but work is going to be just crazy hectic prepping for the Thanksgiving holiday. So instead we are leaving on Thanksgiving itself (Nov. 27 this year) and coming back December 8th. Mike is coming with me which will be a nice change of pace. I have been to Austria three times so far this year but always by myself. This time around we are turning this into more of a touristy trip in addition to visiting with family.

Booked Turkish Airlines since it was the cheapest so we are connecting in Istanbul. On the way there we booked a 12hr layover so we are going to be able to leave the airport for a bit to explore the city. So that should be fun. Obviously going to spend plenty of time in Vienna and Austria in general, especially looking forward to the Christmas markets. Also booked train tickets and a hotel for a 2-night stay in Prague. So this will definitely be a fun trip. :) Lots of new Hard Rock Cafe shirts and Starbucks mugs. :) 

But back to our current trip. :) Got up at 4am and left Connecticut around 5am and checked in at the resort a tad before 5pm. All in all a relatively smooth drive although the last two hours brought us through loads of windy mountain roads. While scenic not necessarily the most fun to navigate after having been on the road for 10 hours already. 

Tomorrow we are planning to take it relatively easy. Going to go for a short hike and some wine tasting around the Boone area. Then Monday we will probably do some museums in Charlotte since it's supposed to rain for most of the day that day. Then more outdoor stuff for the rest of the week. Will update again as I come across wi-fi. :)

Mail Update: Owe replies to: Lotte/Denmark, Celia/MA, Charles/TN and Laura/Spain.

Posted by Hanna at 09:05 PM in Austria , Family, Food and Drink, Outdoors, Travel, Wine | Permalink


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