Wild camped for some days in a forest glade in Romania’s Apuseni National Park. Our time was passed cooking over our campfire, spying shooting stars, listening to thunderstorms from the warmth of Westy, playing cards and roaming along trails through the woods as the valley echoed with the harmony of dozens of sheep and cow bells.
Scarcely dodged a leaping deer on our drive across Hungary. Had some minor repairs on Westy carried out by an Austrian man and his dad in a graveyard of 20+ Kombis. Watched the Bratislava marathon and crossed paths with locals dressed in authentic medieval attire for a festival at Devin castle during a day trip to Slovakia.
Stayed for a week in Vienna with our friends Hubert & Sri and their lovely daughters Neela & Juno. Saw a black jaguar, a pack of arctic foxes, a newborn giraffe, the highly endangered giant panda and an anaconda as thick as a man’s thigh at Tiergarten Schonbrunn - the world’s oldest zoo. Frightened tourists outside the Imperial Palace with an exploding bicycle tyre. Saw the Mozart memorial, St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Belvedere gardens and Naschmarkt - a diverse market and a stimulating treat for the senses. Listened to an Austrian storyteller in the woods, the tone of mood interpreted for us by the performance of acclaimed Vivaldi accompaniments. Enjoyed home cooked Indonesian food at a dinner party with a variety of Austrian characters. Picked fresh vegetables from a field of individual garden plots.
Drove along the Wachau Valley listening to the classical music of notable Austrian composers. Relaxed on the shores of Czech’s tranquil Lake Lipno. Walked by the winding Vltava River into the charming little town of Cesky Krumlov - the beginning of Autumn prompting a favourable lack in tourists.
Both got jobs so stopped travelling. We live in Munich now.