Sunshine, Wind and Full Galopp across the Hungarian Puszta

A while ago a friend from work mentioned that she goes horseback riding in Hungary and invited me to come along with her. I declined. After all, I do have a horse here and driving to Hungary just to gor for a ride didn’t make much sense to me.
A few months passed and another very good friend of mine started talking about wanting to go horseback riding again, as she had been as a child, but not in over 10 years. Once again the topic of going to Hungary came up and this time we agreed we’d give it a try. After weeks in which the weather was more than awful we finally packed our things and drove to Hungary yesterday.
We spent over two hours trotting through the forest or along wine gardens. We let the hungarian puszta pass us by as we let our horses run in full galopp across the fields. The sun was shining, the wind still cool though and the time way too short.
We rode along Lake Neusiedl and through reeds, through vine branches and trees. The view, my god, the view was nothing short of breathtaking!

I will shut up now and let the pictures do the talking.
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[Above: An old wine cellar we discovered on our ride up the hill. | Below: The breathtaking view. Hills, vineyards and Lake Neusiedl in the background.]
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[Above and Below: Lake Neusiedl is surrounded by lots and lots of reeds. So were we.]
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[Above and Below: Picnic at the lake. The perfect end for a perfect day.]
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Frage Foto Freitag

Question photo friday hosted by Ohhh Mhhh.

1.) A wie aufregend?
A for aufregend (exciting)?

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/Viele Teile meines Studienplanpunktes abgearbeitet zu haben. Ist vielleicht doch ein Ende in Sicht?!
/Having already finished a lot of my curriculum. Maybe the end is in sight after all?!

2.) B wie besonders schön?
B for besonders (extraordinarily) beautiful?

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/Die atemberaubende Aussicht nahe vom Stall.
/The breathtaking view from a spot near the stables.

3.) C wie chaotisch?
C for chaotic?

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/Das Projekt “Küche renovieren” wurde auf das ganze Haus ausgeweitet. Ale Wände streichen und Frühjahrsputz… Umbauarbeiten sollten mit heute erledigt sein, die neue Küche kommt erst in zwei Wochen und bis dahin haben wir immer noch unsre “makeshift” Küche… Auch gemütlich… oder so.
/The project “remodel our kitchen” was expandet to our entire house. All walls got a new coat of paint, there was a major spring cleaning going on as well… The major construction work should be finished today – the new kitchen won’t arrive for another two weeks though so we’ll have to make due with our makeshift kitchen. It’s kinda cozy, I guess.

4.) D wie deine große Liebe?
D for deine (your) big love?

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/Sargon. (Ich bin eigentlich nicht so pferdeverrückt, aber sie spielen doch ne Rolle in meinem Leben und nachdems doch hier um diese Woche geht glaub ich ist die Antwort recht treffend. Ich hatte nen wunderbaren Tag mit ihm :))
/Sargon. (I’m usually not that… horse crazy, if that’s the right word, but horses do play a major role in my life and since this is about the past week it seems more than fitting. I had a wonderful day with him :))

5.) E wie eine einfache Idee?
E for einfache (simple) idea?

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/Kokosflocken als Topping for Eis (oder in diesem fall: Mango Frozen Joghurt).
/Coconut flakes as a topping for ice cream (or in this case mango flavoured frozen yoghurt).

World: Trieste

In May 2011 I went on a roadtrip with a couple of friends. Our destination was Trieste, Italy but we also spent one day in Piran, Slovenia. Trieste definitely has a certain charm – there’s something quite special about it.
We walked around the city, sat near the harbour playing cards and drinking wine. We took the cable car up the hill to Opicina and went for a small hike until we reached a point from where we had a lovely view over Trieste. We visited Miramare palace, drank espressi, ate gorgeous sea food, delicious ice cream and had a lot of fun.

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[Above: at the harbour. | Below: Trieste. ]

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[Above: our little group of adventurers. | Below: Trieste is stunning at night. ]

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[Above: gelato! | Below: view from Opicina. ]

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[Below: Miramare.]

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We took our car from Vienna to Trieste which is about 6h drive (we had to pay for parking in Trieste, but only around 3€/day). We divided petrol cost through four so each of us only had to pay around 20€. We stayed in a small hostel near the city center – meals were not included.
I recommend buying your own food for lunch – like we did that day we hiked up to Opicina. We had a small picnic with a great view. Just some bread, cheese, and prosciutto.