We're in Vienna! We arrived here at about lunchtime today, after driving from Salzburg and stopping at Schonbrunn Palace for a quick wander throughb the gardens. It is absolutely freezing here! I have never felt such cold weather... The internet says it's -5 at the oment. But it's all beautiful, just as we expected!
Tonight we went to a classical music concert in a´gorgeous room that is acoustically perfect, apparently. It was amazing, and it sounded just like it does on a CD, even though they weren't using microphones or anything! In a few of the songs there were two dancers leaping about onstage, and in another couple there were a man and a woman singing opera so there was lots to look at. Most of the group went to a prearranged dinner, but Leah and Lexi and I went for a wander and found a cute little Viennese restaurant where we had the three Ss: Schnitzel, Schnapps, and Strudel. Although I actually had fish and a little bit of Leah's strudel. We feel very cultured and Austrian now, what with food and orchestral music etc!
I didn't have time to blog yesterday, so I have to fill you in on the Sound of Music tour! It was so great, and we saw HEAPS of stuff in our four hour trip. We were on a big bus with a mad British tourguide and we saw:
- The Von Trapp house
- The lake where the kids fell out of the boat
- The mountains that they climbed over at the end of the movie
- Maria's convent
- The street where Maria runs and skips and frolics singing 'I Have Confidence'
- The street with the trees that the kids climb in their curtain clothes
- The 'Sixteen Going on Seventeen' gazebo
- The gardens where Maria and the children sing 'Do-Re-Mi'
- Like, seven frozen lakes
- One of the panoramic scenes that they use in the opening credits
There were a few more things, but that's all I can remember at the moment! But as you can see, we saw a lot.
Anyway, I'm on a hostel computer because the WiFi here isn't working, so I have to stop writing. We're heading into central Vienna tomorrow morning to have a look around and hopefully visit Helbrunn Palace, and then at lunchtime we're leaving Austria which sucks because I love it almost as much as I loved Rome, and heading to... Budapest! That's significantly exciting, I think. We're having a group dinner out tomorrow night in Pudapest, and then Amy (our tour guide) said she'd take us out partying. Hopefully it won't be quite as mad as New Year was!
I'll upload photos as soon as I can - hopefully the wifi at tomorrow's hostel actually works!
Love you all lots,
P.S. Mum and Dad, maybe a skype AFTER partying in Budapest..? Email and let me know what works for you because I want to talk soon - I miss you guys!