Travel to the Tyrol (Tirol) Region of Austria – Episode 207 Transcript

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Travel to the Tyrol (Tirol) Region of Austria – Episode 207 Transcript

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Edith: And something else is definitely all our dumplings. We’re famous for our dumplings. And my favorite is Kaspressknodel, which is just cheese dumpling that’s been fried as well.

Chris: Oh, that sounds good. Ok.

Edith: You should only try it if you like cheese and if you like smelly cheeses, because it’s made with Graukase, which is a very special cheese from my region and it’s made from a special kind of curd. It’s very lean, but it smells. But it’s very, very good. So if you like strong cheeses, try Graukase, which is translated to gray cheese. It’s really good.

Chris: That sounds better when you don’t translate it actually, I think.

Edith: Probably, yeah.

Chris: So we talked a little bit about winter. How would you change the itinerary, if I were going in summer?

Edith: If you were going in summer? First of all, I have to say, we have great summers. Sometimes I talk to people and they say, “Well, it’s icy cold in your place all year round.” And we’re like, “No it’s not. It’s up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit or 30-35 degrees centigrade in the summer.” But what we can have, and this is a warning as well, pack warm stuff even for summer. Because sometimes we get cold spells and because it is the mountains, it can get really cold. Sometimes we even have snow in August. But this is like once every 10 years or 15 years and other than that, summers are usually warm and nice and people are outside and they enjoy. We have many lakes that you can go swimming in, so that’s really nice. But bring a jumper and bring a waterproof jacket as well.

Chris: Ok. And I picture, as you said when we started, that I really should go there if I love hiking.

Edith: Oh, yes.

Chris: Ok.

Edith: Hiking is big. There are so many paths. The Tyrolean’s, as a people, are outdoorsy people in general, I would say. We love to go hiking. We love to go and just explore what’s in front of our doorsteps, more or less. And there are many, many huts. What I would recommend is that you’d probably go to the Alpenverein. They have an information booth. You can tell them your fitness level and what you’ve done before and then they can recommend a route for you where you can go and paths. What’s really, really cool is if you’ve got two or three days, that you hike up to a hut, stay at the hut, sleep there. Then have a good breakfast. Go off the next day. Hike for another four or five hours or more, if you’re more experienced, of course, to the next hut. Relax in the afternoon sun, have a gorgeous sunset up on the mountains. Some of these huts are up on 2000, even 2500 meters, 2800. So that’s really, really cool. Sometimes you even have glaciers really close by. So you stay up there. The food is usually very, very good and very traditional. And they take great care to use organic or regionally grown produce. It’s

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