Day 92 Vienna Boys Choir and Prater Feris Wheel

Trip Start Jan 24, 2008
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Trip End May 05, 2008


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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Today started pretty early. I got up at 7:30 to get ready to go to church at the Hofburg Kapelle. We left at 8:30 to get there for 8:50. There happened to be a marathon today in Vienna, so we had to detour a little bit getting there. There was a nice long line when we got there. It moved pretty fast though. We got in and there were several nice young men directing us to our seats. All of them spoke incredible English... I'm not entirely sure that they were Austrian... Anyway they led us to our seats on the third floor on the highest balcony. We got the cheapest seats which were five euro and they promised that you wouldn't be able to see anything. We had a nice window and only one row of four people in front of us. The choir was actually on the same floor as us just to the left of us. I got pretty lucky where I was. If I leaned forward far enough I could see almost half of the choir. The boys were so cute. They were dressed in little sailor suits. There were two soloist, one alto, and one soprano. They were sooo good. I couldn't believe how well trained these boy's voices were. We had a projection screen in front of us where they projected the mass and the choir. That was really nice except that it was pretty bright out so the screen was kind of hard to see. There was also a small mens choir on the altar that sang Gregorian chant at different parts of the mass. I love Gregorian chant. The was was about an hour and a half long which makes sense since pretty much the entire thing was sung. It was a very traditional mass. It was half in German and half in Latin. The priest even greeted us in English too. The priest did the consecration facing the tabernacle too. I've only ever seen that one other time. At the end of mass the boys choir came down to the altar and performed a very nice song where people could actually see them. It was fantastic.
   After mass, we of course went to get coffee at a cafe. It was an absolutely beautiful day today. It must have been at least 70 F. We sat at a cafe on Graben outside for at least an hour in the sun, I got a little color actually. It was fantastic. There was practically no wind today.
   We came back in time for a wonderful lunch at the Theresianum. Then after lunch Katie and I went to ride the very famous Prater Ferris wheel. We took the U-bahn to Schweden Platz and then we took the strassenbahn to the Prater amusement park. It cost eight euro to ride the famous Ferris wheel. I figured it was worth it since I'll probably never do it again. There was a really cute little display of dioramas of different stages in Vienna's history right before you get on the ferris wheel. The little figures in the dioramas actually moved too, it was really cool. They had Vienna after the war, Vienna when Stephansdom was being built, Vienna as a Roman Garrison town, etc. We got in line for the Ferris wheel and only had to wait a couple of minutes. This was a very unique Ferris wheel in that it has huge cars that can fit at least twenty people on them. It is enclosed and has large window and a wooden floor. It went very slowly and gave plenty of opportunity for people to take pictures of the city. It was great to actually see Vienna from up high. I swear I've been high over almost every city I've been to except for Vienna, which is ironic since I live here. This Ferris wheel is in this massive amusement park too so it was great to see everything there too. The Ferris wheel only went around once before we had to get off. 
   After that we walked around the park for a bit. Then we found our way back and when we were trying to find where to buy another ticket to get home we realized that there was an Ubahn stop right there and it was the U1 which is the one that we live on. We felt kind of foolish that we took the strassenbahn when we could have just taken the Ubahn the whole way but oh well.
   When we got back we had to get back outside because as i said it was a beautiful day and we would be stupid to waste it inside. So we grabbed a blanket and went outside and studied for our upcoming final. It was such a perfect temperature. It was just really hard to be motivated to do anything with it being so beautiful out. I kind of just wanted to lie down and soak it all up.
   I'm so sad that we have to leave in a week! Everything just keeps getting better and better here.
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