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One of my favorite places on Earth is the area where Austria meets Germany: Salzburg, Bavaria, Tyrol – I love them all. Just can’t get enough of those magnificent mountains, peaceful forests and friendly people. Many say that Germans are cold, but every time I meet them, I’m positively surprised. Who knows what’s the trick. Anyway, being a tourist there is an absolute hit, trust me.
Last week we were on a little holiday and spent a few days in Innsbruck and in it’s region. I’ve been many-many times to Austria and Germany, but yet this trip was special: I’m on a strict gluten-, milk-, egg- and corn-free diet and I’m trying to eat low-carb as well – while traveling. I know it’s almost hopeless. But I thought “It’s not that bad, I’m sure we’ll find a huge variation of freefrom products everywhere”. (Don’t hold your cynical laughter, it’s not good for your health.)
My emergency food kit lasted for two days, and we explored in the meantime all the options one with food allergies has in a small village. Here comes a short summary 😉
Spar and Interspar
We visited 4 of them, but even the bigger ones had the same amount of Schär’s gluten-free products as the smaller ones. And they didn’t take a huge space, only two or three shelves. One could find gluten-free bread, cornflakes, cookies and sometimes muffins. All of them had egg and/or corn flour in them. And lots of sugar too.
Good news: we could find gluten- and milk-free products from Alpro in every store. I just love their desserts!
We were in a big store, but they had the same things as Spar, only on a longer shelf. I saw Oreo-like gluten-free cookies (made from corn starch and eggs) and my heart broke into small, Oreo-shaped pieces.
Hofer (alias Aldi) has it’s own gluten-free products, mostly desserts, but they have everything else (milk, egg, corn, sugar) in them. However before checking out I spotted a gluten-free and vegan goji bar, it tasted amazing!
I’m not sure where people who live on diet find the most important things which fit into their lifestyle, but I assume there are specialized shops and webshops for that.
After our semi-successful shopping I was positively surprised about the fact how conscious people in almost every restaurant are about food-allergies. In every menu the allergens were displayed clearly, in every restaurant with the same letters. See below:
A: gluten, B: shellfish (crustaceans), C: eggs, D: fish, E: peanuts, F: soya, G: milk, H: nuts, I: celery, J: mustard, K: sesame seeds, L: sulphur dioxide, M: lupin, N: shellfish (molluscs)
We bumped into one of those perfect places to eat and I was so thankful for that! It’s called MyIndigo and they can be found in Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Köln and Hawaii. They had lots of freefrom meals, and something for everyone: vegans, meat-eaters, sushi lovers, salad enthusiasts, etc. Peter ate beef curry, I had a huge salad with lentils and everything. I want to go back to Innsbruck just because of that restaurant. I just have to.
We stayed at a little pension in Pertisau (that place was true magic – see the pictures below). The lady who ran the hotel arranged gluten-free bread for me for every breakfast, it was not her fault that my first meal of the day looked like that without our emergency food supplies:
I think most of the hotels are pretty flexible regarding food intolerance, e.g. if you book a room in a family-run hotel, chances are high that you’ll get a personalized breakfast if you ask for it.
And now let’s round up this post with our pictures of Austria 🙂
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It has been 4 days since I saw the movie ‘Youth’ by Paolo Sorrentino. And I can’t get it out of my head. It happens sometimes that I just can’t go on with life after reading a book or watching a film, but this one is different. I just feel the urge to watch it over and over again, maybe to understand it better. Or just try to grasp every little detail. Because this movie is like a bracelet made of sparkling diamonds: it’s shiny and beautiful, but you won’t realize how precious it is until you watch it very close and see that every single diamond is worth watching, every single one of them is a masterpiece on its own.
I’m not going to try to analyze or criticize this film, I just want to say thank you to Paolo Sorrentino for this 124 minutes of beauty and art.
Music to your eyes
First of all: make sure to watch the movie in (at least) HD, because the cinematography is just mesmerizing. And surprising. And breathtaking. One could pick a scene randomly, print it as a picture and put it on the wall. I couldn’t help myself crying out loud sentences like ‘Oh my God, that’s just crazy and amazing at the same time!’ or ‘What the hell?’ – all just because the pictures. Take a look at them:
The second best thing was the parade of weird characters: the levitating Buddhist monk, the dwarf mother who walks her prostitute daughter to work, the masseuse who doesn’t like to talk and dances to video games in her free time, or the couple who never talks, but has wild sex in the forest. And that’s just the beginning…
Our other senses are fed as well: the music is unique, I wanted to listen to it again right after the ending credits. It fits just right to the decadent and pompous world shown in the movie. And I loved that the last piece – and the last scene – left the viewer empty-handed, asking for more. Perfect.
The nonexistent story of ‘Youth’
‘Youth’ tells the story of… well… it’s kind of difficult to summarize it, because except for the ending, there’s not much action or story in this movie. It rather gives us a look inside the world of the extremely rich and old. A world where everyone tries desperately to seize the day, since the future is quite disappointing. No more goals to reach, no more dreams to make come true – only death is waiting at the end of the road. It must be a horrible and paralyzing feeling, but this film shows life can be so much more than that.
We see the friendship of two men who deal with this life crisis in two different ways. Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) is a retired conductor and composer who tries to escape his conscience by avoiding living. His friend, the famous director Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel) spends the summer on working on his new film, his wannabe testament and masterpiece. In the end both of them have to face reality again and we got to see how they work their way through it. You’ll be surprised – again and again.
And don’t you think you’ll be bored! The witty dialogues and surprising scenes will entertain you all along.
Stop what you’re doing and go and watch this movie.