Being Wednesday = short school day and such, I contacted Elena’s mom about a play date and she was very happy that I would take her daughter off her hands for a few hours after school.
First we went to the horseback riding school, which was a bit of a gamble, knowing that it gets crowded on wednesdays. But I had also overheard that there is a big Halloween event at the US embassy (US citizens only!) and thus I expected some cancellations and I was right!
While they did not exactly ride together (Julius having advanced quite a bit to a point that he can ride himself just by following another student, looking very confident and comfortable in the saddle, and Elena in a different area for beginners) they had a lot of fun.
After that they enjoyed the new swing set in our garden and played outside.