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November 11, 2006

Commuting from Linz to Salzburg

As we stayed overnight in Linz on the 1st November, which was a holiday here in Austria, it meant I had to commute from Linz to Salzburg on the Thursday morning.

This meant a very early start, with a 6:30am breakfast, and on the train by 7:30. A cold snap had descended on Austria, and when we left the hotel the electronic thermometer nearby was displaying -3C.

The journey to Salzburg takes a little bit over an hour, and as we headed west through Austria it gradually began to get more frosty, and then more frozen, and then positively snowy. In fact, with our sojourn into Linz we had missed Salzburg's first snowfall of the winter :-(

Untersbergfirstsnow We had to hang around a bit at Hauptbahnhoff for the 170 to Neideralm before I could get to work, and I took this picture of the Untersberg on my way into the office that morning.

It was quite a sobering thought that the hotel-to-office commute from Linz of around 2 hours 15 minutes, plus the evening's 5 minute walk home to our guest house, was still less than the time it would sometimes take me to commute door-to-door from east to west London to the BBC!

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