by Sarah Lime, Greenheart Travel High School Student in Austria
So, after an extremely long journey from Grand Rapids, in which I almost missed my flight from New York JFK to Paris, I have arrived in Österreich. The first thing I did in Austria? I went to the pet store and bought cat and dog food with Katrin, Greenheart Travel’s partner and country manager of STS Austria. I have now been in Austria for about five days and have survived three days of school at BG BRG Mössingerstrasse… Yay! I cannot express my love for this incredibly gorgeous country nor my extremely generous host family. I am fond of the leather jackets the girls at my school wear, and I hope to return to Michigan with some of this European flare.
The language barrier is frustrating (it is very difficult to understand a history lecture in German), but my vocabulary has already expanded quite a bit. My host family has been very encouraging and is eager for me to learn. I hope to add a few words to my vocabulary each day. For example, today I have learned heiß: hot, langweilig: boring, Schwein: pig, Kopt: brain, and Märchen: fairy tale… Really not much commonality between these words.
I have loved every second of every day thus far. And you can’t beat this view.