Steph with Freddie after THE BIG JUMP!
Our last stop for Austria was at a little town called St. Johann. We stayed at an Australian Pub called Bunny's, but in an adjoining three-storey traditional Austrian house (which for the most time, we actually had to ourselves as they weren't very busy). So it was nice to get away from our often loud fellow backpackers, although our cheeky Australian bar staff threatened to creep in in the middle of the night and freak us out by walking back and forth on the creaking floor boards!
So, Steph dove head-first into the local alpine culture, or rather, dove head-first out of a plane! After several hours of pre-jump nerves by the Queen of Worrying, Steph had an awesome experience skydiving over the alps and there was no need to worry in the end, especially since her instructor, Freddie, is a TandemMaster, with 14,000 jumps under his belt including 6 guinness world records!!!
Other big news in St.
Johann - the good weather had FINALLY arrived...I was beginning to think summer was a myth! Thus with a picnic in our bags, Steph and I set off on a countryside bike ride, with two Aussie chicks and Matt (our favourite ever tour guide!). He is an Aussie from up north, and an absolute legend! It was so nice cruising through the hills, past farmers yielding crops in front of pretty Austrian farmhouses with their flower lined balconies. Sadly for me, I still had The Sound of Music soundtrack repeating in my head from Salzburg! "High on a hill was a lonely goat herd..." We ate our picnic by a mountain encircled lake, then for the second time in my life...I drank beer - 2 of them!! Even worse, after a tipsy cycle home, including an impromptu ride through the equivalent Burnley tunnel, the pub had put on a free keg for the world cup, so there went another 2 glasses! I never thought I would drink that much beer, although everyone agrees that European beer is amazing, so I suppose even my dislike of beer has its limits!
Our cycling team...
We had a chill-out third day, on a roof-topped cafe in the sun we sipped the whipped cream cappuccino's that Steph loves! Ok, I do too.
.. This was all in preparation for our fourth day of...CANYONING!! It would have been rude not to pay our respects to the beautiful Austrian mountains by jumping, slipping, sliding and abseiling down freezing waterfalls! It took a little convincing for Steph to come (we had heard about the Contiki canyoning disaster), but in the end, it was me that was a little scared when we jumped off a 10 metre ledge into a 2 metre wide target!!! Steph went wild, and just kept wanting more...more and more jumps! It was great fun, and will definitely try and do it again.
The pre-canyoning chicks!
I had a great time in St. Johann and was very sad to be getting on the bus.