Nigerian Girl Exploring the World – My First Time in Austria

Traveling to Austria was something I did with no idea of what to expect when I got there. My name is Somi and I’m a 22 year old Nigerian girl who loves gaining knowledge and exploring.

Rather than further my education in a classroom, I have decided to gain knowledge outside the classroom. That is why I m creating my ultimate Drip-List of things i want to see and do, thereby inspiring my fellow Nigerians that our dreams are valid. I have been saving a lot of money to travel and see the world, that’s how I got to Austria. All I know is that the primary language of the country is German and that it is a small country people usually mistook for Australia. I can assure you that there were definitely no kangaroos there but there was a lot of adventure to be explored.

My first stop in Austria was a small village called Hallstatt. Hallstatt is believed to be the oldest still-inhabited village in Europe and I am one of those lucky people who had the chance to spend some time in the small town.

It is a hidden gem between the mountains and a beautiful lake. I remember first seeing a photograph of it a few weeks ago and it stole my heart. Curiosity also got the better of me and I wondered what would life be like in such a small town. Would I like to live there?

I like to indulge in some real-time research and satisfy my curiosity. Hallstatt is located in upper Austria, on the Lake of Hallstatt in the Salzkammergut region. It is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage region. Up to the 19th Century, the only possible way to reach Hallstatt was either by boat or via very narrow trails but nowadays you can get there by bus or car. The temperature is very cold but the view remains gorgeous regardless of the weather.

Fun fact: The village only has one small cemetery which means the burial area is very limited. Because of this, a person can only get up to 10 years of staying underground, after that the bones are transferred to the Beinhaus (The bone house).

The next day I went to Salzburg, one of the big cities of Austria. I honestly don’t know why people don’t talk a lot about this city but it was an experience I would never forget.

A perfect blend of old and new, that’s what the city reminded me of and therefore I decided to play tourist for a day.

Before I live a city I make sure that I take with me a lot of experience to last a lifetime and Salzburg is a city that will remain close to my heart.

The Austrian city is packed with Culture, heritage, and stories that date back to centuries.

For a full day, I put on my tourist hat and explored the city. My highlights are:
• Altstadt Salzburg (Old Town)
• Hohensalzburg Castle
• Mozart’s Birthplace
• Toy Museum
• Mönchsberg Lift
• Afro Cafe

Fun facts:
– Salzburg is the city where Redbull comes from
– Salzburg is where the movie sounds of music was shot
– Its the birthplace of musical genius Wolfgang Mozart

I definitely would recommend Hallstatt and Salzburg for a visit. It a whole vibe. Both are different but then again they have different adventures to offer.

I can’t wait for where my next adventure takes me but until then you can follow my journey on Facebook and Instagram @driplist

You can also see all my previous adventures on my Youtube channel: Drip List

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