By Sarah Wyatt for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 24, 2014:
Preoccupied with the splendor of Austria’s Untersberg mountain range, my companion and I, crouched in a toboggan, hesitated atop the steep alpine slope at the Hallein resort.
Gazing to the west, I noticed the charming meadows, as my mind wandered to “The Sound of Music,” which was filmed here. “So long, farewell…
“Auf Wiedersehen,” our Austrian guide said, shocking this fraulein out of her daze. He shoved our toboggan down the slope, and off we zipped down the two-kilometer Keltenblitz run. Auf Wiedersehen, we did, laughing throughout.
After reaching bottom and comparing descent times with other duos, I realized that this was not the leisurely European guided travel experience with which I had become comfortable — and I couldn’t have been happier.