Irina's Blog: Heaven On Earth

American Irina Falconi, one of wtatennis.com's resident bloggers, writes to us from beautiful Bad Gastein this week. Today we've got mountains, four course meals and... well, keep reading.

Published July 08, 2014 12:13

Irina Falconi

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hallo everyone!

First off, I'd like to say thanks for the amazing feedback from the fans that read my first blog! It is said in the ancient scrolls that a girl never gets tired of hearing compliments—especially when it comes to blogging ;-)

So today was another extraordinary day! It was a great day in the office, and what better way to finish a hard day at work? Why not go to a spa in the heart of Bad Gastein where you can have the snow-capped mountains as your backdrop in a picture?

And trust me, I really don't like to brag, but it's not even bragging at this point. It's just straight up TRUTH! I have never enjoyed the mountains as much as I have here.

Once again, I took my compatriot Shelby Rogers, and we had a great time at the spa.

Even though we are both a little grossed out by community pools, we figured 'when in Bad Gastein.'

For all of my Americans reading this, I must warn you of a bit of a culture shock that Shelby and I experienced today. Now, some of you may say "Hey, that's not a culture shock," BUT just bear with me.

So we walked in to this gorgeous building that is on the top of the mountain right across from the Bad Gastein Tram that goes all the way to the top. (It was closed by the time we went, so we decided for the spa instead. I know, rough. But don't worry, we're going to the top of the mountain tomorrow—in case you were wondering.)

We walked up some stairs, my favorite, and then we arrived to this super sleek and modern spa with some very cool steel and metallic blue designs everywhere. Since this tournament knows how to do it right, we got vouchers so we can go in for free—sauna and steam room included, but no towels. Just FYI! Once we walked in, we noticed that we were already in the locker room area. And at first, we thought maybe they would diverge and go from men to women—but alas, that divergence never came.

All of a sudden we are seeing lots and lots of...

I don't want to get super descriptive, but you can just imagine where I'm trying to get at.

We decided to hit up the steam room after enjoying the hot tub, and we are pretty sure that we were chastised for wearing a towel in the steam room.

It was quite an experience, and I think Shelby are now closer than ever. Truly.

After relaxing for an hour, we decided to go back to our restaurant Lutter Wegner, for the best Wiener Schnitzel in town. Four course meal, mind you. We wouldn't do it any other way.

As of now, Bad Gastein has got two thumbs up, two high fives, and a mega fist pump on how awesome it is!

I hope you can live vicariously through these words---I believe that the world deserves to know what heaven on earth looks like :-D


Irina's Blog: Ich Liebe Bad Gastein

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