Beauty of an Old City

Trip Start Sep 07, 2011
Trip End Jul 18, 2012

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Flag of Austria  , Styria,
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The next morning we woke up even earlier for breakfast at 7:30am. And you guessed it! We had bread, meat, and cheese. Then we departed for Graz.

I really really loved the city of Graz! It was so beautiful, lively, and had a lot of culture due to its old age and it's student atmosphere. The city has a population of about 300,000 people of that 50,000 are students. I actually looked at this place to go to school at and seeing the city kind of made me wish I did... But I still love Linz more :)

We had a 3-hour guided tour which at first I thought was going to be way too long, but it was actually very nice! We saw a lot in the city including going to the top of the mountain to the clock tower and overlooking the whole city; the controversial modern art building that looks like an organ of the body; walking over the bridge where lovers put locks with their names on the fence and throw the keys in the river symbolizing "eternal love"; a two-way winding staircase; and a lot of really old buildings from the 14th and 15th centuries. There was so much we saw and were told it's hard to remember and list all of them! The city had a lot of old legends though which was really neat.

After the tour we had a little free time and a group of us got lunch at the nice little restaurant. Finally I had a meal here I had been craving... Chicken, salad, and potatoes. No schnitzel, or random meats and cheeses. It was SO good!

Afterwards we headed back to Linz on the bus. I slept for about an hour on the way back, but the scenary of the countryside was beautiful. There were a lot of mountains and the top of the mountains had their first snow of the year. So pretty!

Some reflections and experiences:

-I'm tired of bread, meat, cheese, and schnitzel. Megan and I made lemon pepper chicken and mashed potatoes tonight and it had never tasted so good in my life.

-Classes started this past week. Unfortunately I again overestimated my German language skills. I was in the Intermediate class, but I'm switching. The first part of the class was fine, it was writing German. I can write and read it okay, but the second part of the class is converstation. I was totally lost and couldn't keep up at all. Sadly, the Advanced Beginners course was already filled so I couldn't join that either so I'm just going back to the basics class again. Oh well. I won't be learning as much German as I thought I would be, but it's okay. This switch also messed with all my credits that are being transfered back home too so I'll have to register in some more courses as well. We will see what happens.

-I'm more patriotic than what I thought....

-I've had my first "prejudices against Americans" experiences. Experience #1 was in class, we were talking about globalization and the spreading of cultures and some guy in class was speaking when the topic of American culture came up and he said, "All the American culture has done for us is bring fast food and bad habits into our countries!". He was going to continue but the teacher stopped him. Interesting.

-I'm taking a Pilates class that meets every Tuesday from 6-7pm. It's really good, but the instruction is in German so I spend most of it looking around at other people to know what to do. It's still fun though, and it's good to get some excercise!

All for now!
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