September 19, 2011 - Posted by Erin in Travel, Travels in Europe

Gosh. Life is rough when you feel compelled to head to Innsbruck, Austria for a travel bloggers conference. But because I’m committed to my craft, these are the sacrifices that I’m willing to make (along with massive consumption of Spanish cuisine).

In all seriousness, the trip exceeded my expectations in every way – from the sessions, to the sights and the people. Not only did I have the opportunity to learn a million new things about the ever-evolving world of blogging (fascinating, isn’t it? Just nod and smile), but I had a pretty spectacular time in the process. Believe it or not, the travel blogging industry (yes, it’s an industry) consists of a fairly tight group of tech-savvy travelers. Nothing beats seeing old friends and new while chatting about SEO over wine and wiener schnitzel, all with the Alps as a backdrop. Nerdy, but also pretty awesome.

And then there’s Innsbruck with its colorful buildings all nestled together at the based of neck-crick-inducing mountains. I gave up skiing years ago (for more rational things like not falling down mountains full of cold ice), but hanging out in Innsbruck seemed like enough to turn anyone into an avid skier. Fortunately, it was nothing but sunny perfection during my visit, so there was no need for me to try my foolish luck.

With that, I leave you with some shots from the trip. Quite a darling city, isn’t it?

apple strudel

A big thanks to Oliver Gradwell for putting together a topnotch Travel Bloggers Unite conference!


11 Responses to “A taste of Innsbruck”

  1. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! Glad you were able to take part in this.

  2. Erin Says:

    Wish you could have too – it would have been great to meet in person! I hope one of these days our paths will cross.

  3. Jayne Says:

    Love your shots, brings back happy memories. So glad you came so I got to meet you!

  4. Lauren Says:

    Wow Erin, these are really beautiful! I might need to plan a trip to Innsbruck! The mountains in the background are just stunning…

  5. burcu Says:

    Innsbruck seems wonderful! It is now in my list of places to go!!!

  6. Carina /pocketvillage Says:

    Erin what a great Recab! And I so miss these incredible strudels! Too good to be true! Am very much looking forward to see you again on a future travel bloggers event!

  7. Sabrina Says:

    Hmmmm, that Apfelstrudel looks yummy! I used to help my grandma make some as a kid. Haven’t ever tried to make one by myself. Maybe it’s time to ask her for that recipe and attempt one. Your picture really has me craving Apfelstrudel and I don’t think I can get one like that in Texas 😉 And I love that the houses all seem to have different colors. So unique!

  8. Erin Says:

    I’m not going to lie – I wasn’t blown away by the strudel. I really felt like American apple pie was way better. I think the texture of the strudel was just too uniform and mushy. It lacked the crunch and contrast of some classic pie crust. All I know is that I don’t have access to either right now and it’s making me mad.

  9. Sabrina Says:

    I think I really only started cooking when I “turned expat” – at home there was never enough reason to cook major dishes because my mom was a fantastic cook, my grandmas both are great cooks, and restaurants offer all the dishes anyways. When you live somewhere else, you better learn you national dishes (or just the ones that remind you of home) or you won’t be able to eat them because you can’t find them anywhere 🙂 I’m so happy that I have quite a recipe collection that I collected through emails with my mom. But you’re right, Strudel is no pie and if that’s what you were in the mood for I understand that you were disappointed.

  10. Erin Says:

    Oh man, not quite sure what this says about me. I cook less now than ever. I suppose it doesn’t help that my husband just looooves to cook. I guess you could say that it’s my gift to him to let him embrace his hobby (translation: I’m lazy and I’m totally taking advantage of the fact that he cooks for me, otherwise I’d starve). I might have to make an apple pie soon though after all this talk of it.

  11. Sabrina Says:

    Oh, I wouldn’t call it lazy. Maybe the cravings for American food just haven’t hit you too hard yet or you go home often enough to get your fix there 🙂

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