Vienna 6th - 8th of March
Written: On the train from Budapest to Prague
Vienna was out first stop off after out Contiki, so we have officially started backpacking! yay! I can not do this city justice due to the fact that i was exhausted from all the snowboarding and the Contiki. But it was a beautiful city with some amazing buildings and palaces!
Our fist day in vienna was an cold and wet one, the snow we had in the alps followed us across the country so the whole time we were in vienna it was very cold and windy which made seeing the city slightly unpleasant.
We stayed at the hostel called Step On Inn, where we met an Aussie couple (Toby and Lee) that were staying in our room. They gave us some helpful tips about the city and how to get about. After research a bit about Vienna and what there was to do I decided I was going to go and see the spanish riding horses in the morning. Courtney wasn't quite as enthusiastic about going to see the horses so i headed off by myself. My walk to the riddling school lead me straight past Hofburg palace and the museum of natural history which are all beautiful buildings and immediately make you fell like you have traveled to another time not just a different country!
What can I say about the horses? I was utterly blown away by the demonstrations! I am no way a good enough writer to even start to describe the experience. The amount of connection the handlers have with their horse is amazing. One part the blew me away way the demonstration on the long rein. Not only way this guy walking directly behind this horse, but from behind the horse he was able to get this horse to do movements that a dressage rider takes years and years to accomplish in the saddle let alone from the ground. It was a fantastic experience and I defiantly recommend it to everyone!
After the show me and Courtney met up to go see the sights. We decided to go and see the Belveder gardens. After walking around in the horrible weather for a good hour and a half trying to find the entrance and just about freezing our selves we decided to give it a skip, which turned out to be a good idea because we were later told by Toby that they were nearly all closed! So from here (which is some were near the gardens not quite sure were) we caught the metro out to a palace called Schonburn. This place was incredible and absolutely enormous! Unfortunately we arrived 5 minutes to later for the last tour and even tried to get into a group tour but weren't very successful! So i just settled for a walk around the gardens. Every thing was kept to perfection, there wasn't a twig out of line, it think it would be a great place to visit in the spring because everything would be open and it wouldn't be so freaking COLD! It was freezing, trying to take a photo is a challenge when you cant feel 2/3 of your fingers!
After a nice warm train trip back to the city centre we were feeling very adventurous and decided to go a try a bar out. We never made it to this bar, instead we walked around Vienna's streets trying to find it! After a hour of been hopelessly lost (i think at one point we were only about 100 meters away from it GRRR) we decide to just hang out at the hostel. Im seriously hopping we get better at finding places because so far were not doing to well! Back at the hostel I stat down in the TV room to book a place to stay in budapest and got the meet some really interesting people. Angle was a middle aged Spaniard who owned a organic vegan restaurant in New York. He was telling me all about how different types of vegetables are better for you than others and this new food movement that involves super foods and one of these is Plankton. Anyway before I know it me and another lady that is there are both giving this plankton a go. Man does that stuff tastes gross, it was really bitter and strong, but if you take 8 drops every day of this Plankton then apparently you will have had all the minerals that your body needs.
The next morning we are off to Budapest, but a souvenir from Austria was needed before we left so the morning was spent traveling around looking for a t-shirt which we had seen that we both wanted. After finding the shirts we headed off to the train station to make our way to Budapest.
Unfortunately that is my account of Vienna, I wish I was there longer because I defiantly feel as though I didn't get to see any of the city! I had a great time, the local people are really nice, and after the Contiki and snowboarding it was great to just relax and spend the days just wondering around.