Flights, Hotels and Trainstations!

Trip Start Jan 08, 2008
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Trip End May 17, 2008


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Monday, January 14, 2008

Well, my journey began with an intimidating trip overseas. I have never flown over water and my nerves were definitely on edge. Mom said, "This trip would be less nerve-wracking if it didnīt begin with traveling for 24 hours," and she was right!

I had some trouble getting around the De Gaulle airport in France but other than that, my flights were pretty flawless. I found my driver and he immediately took my bags from me. He didnīt speak much English but we had an interesting conversation nevertheless. He asked me what the winter weather was like in Texas and we had difficulty converting the temperature to Celsius. To solve our conversion problem, he decided to raise the temperature in the car and then convert his computer system to read in Fahrenheit. Once he saw this conversion, he couldnīt believe how hot Texas was in the winter!

I spent the night in a perfect hotel that Mom set up for me. I didnīt know it at the time, but the hotel was in the exact center of the city and only 2 streets away from the building that I take classes in. I didnīt get too far away from my hotel while I was venturing out because I was afraid I would lose my way.

I had to be at the Westbahnhof Train Station at 2pm so I asked the concierge what was the best way to get there. Iīm assuming she didnīt see my luggage when she told me that the underground train was the best way. I decided that I could handle my bags and went to the U-Bahn Station. I was saved by a kind gentleman who saw that I almost tripped down the stairs. He grabbed my bag and carried it down for me. I expressed my gratitude with the only German I knew so far, "Danke!" (it means Thank you!) I finally got a handle on my luggage and carefully made my way down some escalators, into the subway, and to the Westbahnhof. I completely over calculated the time it would take to travel there and ended up being 2 hours early. It was really the first time I had to relax, so I just sat and people watched. 3 more people (that were obviously IES students) arrived and sat on the same bench but it took us about 30 minutes to get the courage to greet each other. We made way to the top of the train station and we found the IES sign. I happened to sit down next to the 3 girls that would end up being my roommates.

We stored our luggage and got on the bus for our 3 hours trip to Mariazell. I didnīt understand why they had us fly to Vienna just to take us to a remote town in the mountains, but it ended up being a perfect immersion to our new country.

More on Mariazell coming soon...until then, Tchuss!
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starlagurl
starlagurl on

Cool!
Have a great time on your exchange trip. I hope you learn a lot.

Louise Brown
TravelPod Community Manager

sphil31687
sphil31687 on

Have Fun
Allison:

I love hearing about your trip. You are so brave. Hope that you are having a wonderful time.

Susan

kabatb
kabatb on

You
this travel blog is pretty neeat. I'm glad everything is going well so far. I am heading to me first FAP meeting without you and I don't know if I will be ok. Hope your trip rocks!

-brian

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