Aug 9, 2006
The Hills Are Alive
On our trip to Austria we visited Salzburg. Yun loves classical music and opera and I guess that's the place to be. Mozart was born there and it was his 250th anniversary. But the real reason for our trip there was The Sound of Music. When Yun was a little kid she would spend the summers in her family's home in Korea. They only had a handful of video cassetes to watch. One was The Sound of Music. So by default she watched it like a million times over the years. It just happened to be filmed in Salzburg where the real Von Trapp family lived. Believe it or not a whole industry has sprung up in Salzburg taking tourists to all the places where scenes were filmed in the movie. Of course we had to do it and it turned out to be hilarious. It was a very small group, 8 people. All the participants were very serious aboout seeing the sights except Me, Yun and our guide, who was stoned out of his mind. He was a total burn out hippie who could care less about the movie. I'm not really sure he ever saw it. There were two ladies from New Jersey carrying professional cameras with huge telephoto lenses. They constantly peppered our guide with questions about the real Von Trapp family house verses the one in the movie, about the real church they were married in verses the one in the movie. Our stoned out guide seemd overwhelmed by New Jersey. At one point we were way up in the alps and our guide, Richard, hit the button on a liitle hidden cassette player, and you guessed it, the song "the hills are alive with the sound of music" began to play. All sang except Yun, I and Richard. we were laughing too hard inside. All in all I would have to give it a 10 out of 10 as an enjoyable few hours.