The plan calls for a bike ride through the country and a visit to the Hallein Salt Mine. That will not be happening with this all day rain event. We are game for a lot---but not riding bikes in the pouring rain.
So after another continental breakfast in the hotel--I NEVER get my money's worth---not a fan of cold breakfasts---we split up and go separate ways.
Babs and Sonja head to the mall in a quest to find a bike jersey from Europe. They came back with sacks of stuff and a new found knowledge of public transit in Salzburg, but no jersey after an all day shopping trip. Shopping is NOT my cup of tea! Babs has become our resident public transit expert---our go to when figuring out the schedules and exchanges.
Susie has developed a case of chronic bronchitis and decides it is time for some meds. Hello, Socialized Medicine! She and Jim spent the day at the local hospital emergency room getting on a quest for said meds. As the story unfolded, I began to suspect we are on the slippery slope to our own form of socialized medicine here in the US of A when thinking of my medicare experience the past few months. You see, with socialized medicine, since she has no assigned doctor, it was necessary to go to the emergency room. They immediately hook her up to a saline IV---order a chest X-ray---do blood work---before she ever sees a doctor. He explains this is all protocol and the fact she knows what is wrong and has a chronic illness does not influence the treatment plan. After hours in the ER--including sitting on a gurney in the hall---she is released with a prescription--though NOT what she told the doctor she needed. She has to come back to the hotel for a rest! As you all know---I avoid doctors and hospitals at all cost! WAKE UP, AMERICA! We DO NOT want socialized medicine!
AND with the others off on their individual adventures on this rainy day, what did I do?
C H I L L
Did my laundry, did some writing, did some reading, and studied the inside of my eyelids. A needed day to rest, replenish, and regroup for the last few days of our trip!
We walk to a river side Steak House and enjoyed a delicious steak for dinner while watching the rain swollen river cascade by. Praying for sunshine tomorrow--to get back to the serious business of tourist.