Ponies!

Today, on my third and final full day in Vienna, I woke up
early to go downtown and see the Spanish Riding School. It is a
traditional riding school for Lipizzan horses, which perform in the
Winter Riding School in the Hofburg. We watched the horses and
riders practice in the world famous arena. Their movements were so
fluid and astounding, the rider and horse looked like one. Although
I am a western rider, the riding and tricks that they were doing
was pretty enjoyable to watch :). In the afternoon I met back up
with the full group at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, which has many
collections including an Egyptian exhibit, a Hapsburg Empire
exhibit, a Roman Empire exhibit, and many art exhibits. I have
never seen so much solid gold in one place! After the museum a few
girls and I went back to the Spanish Riding School to get a tour
and see the horses up close :). The horses, stalls, and tack room
were astonishingly beautiful. We learned that being a rider is an
enormous honor, one that only 16 people have currently. Tomorrow we
move to Budapest where we will spend the rest of February. It has
been a short yet great field trip to Vienna. The food here is very
different from Rome, consisting mainly of various meats. The city
seems very spread out with many large monuments and buildings. The
people are very nice and welcoming, even more so than Rome! Vienna
is beautiful, I can’t wait to come back later in life and further
explore it. Auf Wiederhoren!

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3 thoughts on “Ponies!

  1. Nicole

    This is beautiful! I would have loved to visit myself! Though I know my sister Ariel would have enjoyed it even more due to her love of horses, as you know Steph. Glad you enjoyed your vacation in Vienna!

  2. Grammy

    You must have been in heaven seeing the riding school! …Where are the veggies?

  3. D

    I have heard of Lipizzan horses. They are born black, with black skin and hair, then gradually the hair turns gray in 5-10 years to be light gray or white. Beautiful horses. Fun day. Special city.
    Define early … haha!

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