This past weekend I was in Ried im Innkreis, where Heather lives. It's only about a 37 minute train ride away, so it's just a hop, skip and a jump away. I arrived Friday, and we didn't do much but get groceries and check out 7 dvds for the weekend. We only ended up watching 2 1/2 of them during the long three-day weekend. Friday night we met up with her neighbors.
Saturday the two of us took the circus train to Passau, where we met up with John and Tim, two other TAs. Passau is in Germany, but right on the border to Austria. It's well-known for being the "Dreifluessestadt" or the City of Three Rivers, because the Inn, Ilz and Danube all merge into the grand Danube. You can actually see where the rivers meet, so it's pretty cool. Passau is an interesting little city and there are quite a few shops and places worth seeing. They also have one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen that contains the largest church organ in the world. After sight seeing and taking pictures we enjoyed a couple of beers at a typical Bavarian restaurant. Living close to the German border is nice, because the beer there is much cheaper, and much better than in Austria.
We headed back to Ried that night and met up with Heather's neighbor again. He took us out and we experienced Ried's night life, which is sadder than Braunau's (sorry Heather, but it's true). Sunday was a lazy day and we had a Til Schweiger movie marathon. Til Schweiger is like Germany's Brad Pitt. We spent Sunday night out in the town again, since Monday was the national holiday and we didn't have to go to school. And then yesterday I came home.
All in all, it was a great weekend, even for the Innviertel. I guess it doesn't matter which small town you're in as long as you have good company!
The church in Passau with the largest church organ in the world. And the place where I would be okay with getting married someday