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Sep 23, 2009 - Ponies!

This morning I had to be at the Spanish Riding School at 10am to watch the Morning Exercise. Got there in plenty of time, and spent the full two and a half hours watching the horses practice. I saw a review on the internet a while ago that said that the Morning Exercise is really dull, just horses going around in a circle. IMHO, the person who wrote that was an idiot! With up to six horses in the arena at a time, all practicing different moves, there is plenty to watch, from the older more experienced horses, to the beginners just starting...

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Sep 22, 2009 - Vienna

OK, so I arrived in Vienna a little before 6 this morning. Got a taxi to the hotel, and dropped off the luggage, then went for coffee and a wander around the city. Also got to the ticket office at the Spanish Riding School well before opening time, and I have tickets for the morning exercise and tour of the facility for tomorrow. There is no full performance of the Lippazaners until the weekend, by which time I will be at home, so this will have to do. At least we get to visit the stables on the tour. Debbie, you will just have to come up...

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Sep 10, 2009 - Vienna

Saying good bye to Kuchl was especially difficult for Barbie. We rode in silence for quite a while; but soon, the rhythm of the bike on the Autobahn lifted our spirits. We were on our way to Vienna, or Wien as it is called here. While at the Treffin in Czech Republic, we had met Martin, the Austrian Interrep (International Representative). He was somewhat astonished that we would visit Austria, and not see Vienna. He said that no trip to Austria could be complete without a visit to it’s beautiful capital city; and we could stay with him and...

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Sep 1, 2009 - The Hills are Alive with The Sound of Music

Okay after a fair bit of planning in Vienna, I managed to get tickets for The Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg. Now our tour doesn't stay in Salzburg so I studied up on the Austrian train system that was to get us there. We woke at 5.15am, both Sarah and I headed to the train station. We didn't have tickets for the train but lucky for us there was a Austrian lady who helped us with that and confirmed the platform. We headed 3 stations until we got to Worgl. Then we changed trains for our 1hr ½ journey to Salzburg. The journey there was...

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Aug 31, 2009 - Read if you wish - concentration camp visit

Early start, this morning we left Vienna. Our first stop was Mauthausen, a concentration camp. The camp started on 8.8.1938 and concluded on the 5.5.1945. It was the last camp to be closed by the Americans. We watched a presentation which relayed the horrors that were bestowed upon all races. It wasn't just Jews, Polish, Austrians, Spanish, Czech Republic, just to name a few. 122,736 died here. There were two types of camps, death and working. This was a both as it seems. There was a quarry near by and the SS made the captured carry the...

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Aug 30, 2009 - Vienna

Woke early, ready for our city tour. Good news breaky is okay, we have toast finally, and the Austrians even have Vegimite...Small things really excite us!!! Headed into town where we did a bus loop of the town and then got of the bus tour to complete a walking tour. We started our tour looking at the architecture of the museums and then headed into a building where the Vienna Boys Choir rehearse and perform. Unfortunately, they're on tour so I couldn't see a performance, but they are a legendary choir. Headed to the Spanish Horses...

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Aug 29, 2009 - The City of Music - Austria

Woke early, as we had spare time in Budapest. First off we went to the House of Terror. This a building that the Nazi's and Hungary used during World War II. I really like going around/and learning about this type of history. I find it really interesting. What did we see... Well there was a tanker from the war, which I got some snaps of.. But the most interesting part of the museum was heading down to the basement where the jews where kept in cells and executed. We could go into the cells, I went into a few, they're really small. It's quite...

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Aug 24, 2009 - Dash to 143

Days and days since I wrote you, reader. And what days. Finishing BoxWhatBox in Alexandria, I spent a night in Bucharest at my friend Alina's. It can be very intense, the process of maintaining a friendship over distance when you only see each other every couple of years; but in some cases it feels effortless, as it does with Alina. She shares my birth date and many of my Capricorn characteristics, and when we chat non-stop for six or seven hours, as we did that evening, time flies by. In the afternoon I'd had a Cyrano translation meeting...

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Aug 12, 2009 - Happy Birthday

This one's for Paula. :) In my life I've been blessed with the presence of immensely strong women. From my thrust-into-hardship ESL mom who was on her own when my dad walked out in '97 and my older sister who played the dad role long before he walked, to all my closest friends and most long-term lovers - those born into the female form have had a visible and emotional impact on my understanding of what it means to be a woman. Good thing I’m finally waking up to these realizations! These last three years or so have presented me with numerous...

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Aug 10, 2009 - The Vienna Film Festival

Just shy of 3 hours after leaving Salzburg on the train, we arrived in Vienna. Things started off on the right note with a good upgrade at the Le Meridien hotel. Finally, a real suite - no more of this “junior suite” nonsense. Now, we’re talking. After settling in at the hotel for a bit, we charged out into the afternoon to explore Vienna. We started with a walk down the pedestrian plaza Kartner Strasse, past stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral and toward the Danube River. The plan was to buy tickets on the 9:45am Danube Hydrofoil to...

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Aug 4, 2009 - What will this day be like?

Hello to all our fans (hehe). We havn't posted for a while due to 2 things, availability of interent and beer. We did have internet in Munich but the 1L beer mugs take awhile to finish, thus it was very late, and the post would have been much to unproductive and incoherent. We are now in Vienna, it has rained the entire day, so this was a perfect day to do some house cleaning and find an internet cafe to make this post. So lets recap since our last post. We left from Freiburg to Munich on the 31st. The train was packed and we had to stand...

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Jul 19, 2009 - Europa

Ahoy!(That's how they say hi in Czech!) After Poland, we made our way to Czech republic. Our first stop, Prague. Of course a very beautiful city but what I liked the most were the spiritual gems we found. Visiting Bethel was very refreshing and nice for Ruth because it was her second time here. And great to get english magazines. In Ukraine, it's so hard to get English literature that only now did I get my English magazines for July. We saw a Bible that a brother made by hand and took 7 years to do. We also visited the Russian congregation...

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