Salzburg Eats:

Who goes to Austria without drinking a beer or wine? Located right by the university and hugged against the mountain wall we stumbled upon this place and I instantly fell in love with its atmosphere.  It seemed just far enough off the tourist trail that there were some locals enjoying as well. Worth checking out and not to expensive (though not many GF options): Resche and Lieblich

Also, the best meal we had in Salzburg was at Triangle.  They were able to really my friend Emily if a dish would be gluten free or not. 

Unlike so many of the guilded churches of Europe, this church is almost completely white on the inside.  Kollengienkirche was part of the university in Salzburg, it now serves as a church, but also a art gallery.  The open spaces, light and white walls make it perfect for this. 

Iceland Recap:

Here is a small list of my favorite Iceland spots from my most recent 2014 visit. 



Cheap Eats (Under $10):

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To Do: 

This bakery, Sandholt, in Reykjavik became my absolute favorite.  Just look at those pistachio sticky buns!  I think I ate one everyday of my second week in Iceland.  With free wifi, cozy seats, and sweet treats this is a great place to spend a cold rainy Reykjavik day.  

Also, this adorable boy with his nails painted red was sitting outside and obliged a smile one day.  I think little boys that paint their nails are the coolest. 

The old standby for cheap eats while in Reykjavik, Noodle Station will always warm you up.  Choose from Beef, Chicken, and Veggie noodle soup.  

At 33 I am a bit over hostel life, however KEX is a big exception for me. Not only is the restaurant and bar a hot spot for locals, but the vibe and events here are just divine. 

Cowgirl Caroline

Need a hotel in Linz Austria in 2009? You could have stayed in a room like the model about high in the steeple of St. Mary’s Cathedral.  From the Linz Capital of Culture Website

For thousands of years people have been withdrawing from the bustle of life to gain a new perspective on life. Things will be no different in Capital of Culture Year. High up above in the steeple of St Mary’s there is a small room. This will accommodate voluntary hermits for a week at a time. A bed, a table, a chair – they will have to make do with that for this week. Yet this small place will provide the space to examine one’s own life plan and the meaning of everything. There is electricity but the hermits will use neither a computer nor a mobile phone. A diary that will be passed on from hermit to hermit will be a receptacle for personal reflections. There will be daily bouts of ‘Silence with the hermits’ at St Mary’s so that they may at least partially share their experience with others. Applications for the post of hermit are invited. The Linz photographer Paul Kranzler will document the project. His photos will be combined with excerpts from the diary entries and texts by different authors to form a book.