Enjoy the Little Things

Well, how do I start…? I think a good start would be to say: It was amazing, and it certainly was.

The whole lot of the journey was for sure a pleasant expierience. Even though there were some misfortunes, they were easily outweighed by all the other nice experiences. There really are a lot of amazing places we’ve been to and great highlights but I’ll tell you about the little things I’ve noticed and enjoyed.

What really surprised me were the nice people everywhere. The shop assistants were so helpful, the busdrivers always kindly told us if we were in the right bus, the pedestrians were farseeing and apologized immediately if they bumped into you by accident. Even when it rained I did barely see any frowned faces or at crowded places almost no one was annoyed. That was an interesting insight because in Austria it mostly is the direct opposite.

Another thing that obviously intrigued me were the unlike doors. The colours weren’t in the basic shades, one was carmine red another was magenta, the next beige and the other was teal. The colours go together with the brickwalls nicely too. It was beautiful to look at, because again I wasn’t used to see such funky doors in Austria.IMG_1032.JPG

One of my most favourite things was for sure the accent. I really enjoy listening to people who have a nice accent, and the Irishmen do.

What also was amazing was the sea. The salty air, the sound of the waves, the view into the distance, the sound of the pebbles, it was idyllic. IMG_1889.JPG

I also liked the staircase in the languageschool because it was quite steep and narrow and also went up really far. It remembered me of the stairs in a hotel I once stayed in London. It felt kind of cosy and homely I guess, that’s probably why I liked it.

 

These were just a few little things I enjoyed whilst we were in Ireland. Of course there are a lot more things I liked, for example the bus rides to school in the mornings, the window in our room or the yellow flowers which grew everywhere…IMG_1478

I would love to know what little things (and of course also big things) you’ve enjoyed on our week in Ireland, let me know in the comments.

Thanks to everyone for this lovely journey, it was truly amazing.

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I really enjoyed our week in Dublin, but there is hardly anything left to say about our journey that has not already been written down by my friends. So here are some things I noticed during our stay.

  • Literally everyone is super active in Dublin – I tried to count the people who were running, but had to stop because there were just too many out there.
  • Traffic lights! Can anyone tell me what the logic behind the system is? They are only green for some seconds, even if you run you’re too slow and then it’s red for minutes. No wonder Dubliners don’t care about traffic lights and just cross the street when they want to.
  • There are almost no dustbins in Dublin! Sadly many people throw their waste on the streets, instead of carrying it with them until they reach the next dustbin. So I often saw loads of waste laying on the ground.
  • Every second shop in the city center is a Starbucks, Insomnia or another coffee shop.

Looking forward to visiting Dublin again someday!

A year full of anticipation and expectation

We’ve been waiting for this journey over a year now, we’ve been preparing everything, our teacher Prof. Eichhorn has been planing the excursions in the minutest detail and now we are ready for Ireland.

One year before…

In 2015 my classmates and I had to make up our minds: Would we rather spend a week in Ireland or in England? Fortunately, we chose Ireland for our English Project Week. As soon as my teacher told us that we’ll leave in spring, the first expectations came to mind. “It’ll be warm with sunshine all day long, flowers will start to blossom and Ireland will present its whole beauty and…”  (Well, todays weather forecast is rainy and chilly.) 

One month before…

Of course, these weren’t the only things we’ve expected. When we got the addresses of our host families, everybody jumped up, started the notebook and searched for it on Google Maps. I was a little bit nervous, when I tipped “32 Foxrock Wood, Focxrock”, zoomed in and saw ‘my’ house, where I’ll stay for one week with my best friend. My expectations went from living at a overwhelming kind of castle, which is inhabited by a pretentious family to a shabby and neglected house, where we would have to live with a rapist, have to sleep in cold rooms and where we would get awful meals. Keep your fingers crossed, that my expectations don’t come true! 😉

The trip

I’m not only looking forward to the Irish people, the Irish food and the language school in Dublin. I’m also excited about tomorrow. Apart from the fact that I have the chance to FLY with all of my classmates, my best friends, (I’ve been dreaming of this since I’ve been a child) I think that going by train with them will be really funny.

One day before…

So, my baggage lays ready in the corner, my backpack is already stuffed with the most important essentials I’ll need (PASSPORT!!!) and I’m sitting in my bed, waiting for Thursday to come.

 

I’m sure you have some other expectations about the journey as me, so write them in the comments! See you tomorrow.

 

 

Thoughts on travelling and preparing for our English project week

We’ve been looking forward to this trip to Ireland for almost over a year now but finally the week has come and we’re going to set off on Thursday.

The anxiety is kicking in

Although you always hear that travelling by plane is the safest way to travel I’m still a bit nervous. Despite my  fifteen years of age, I have never set foot on a plane before in my entire life. I haven’t even travelled further than Croatia or Germany. This is going to be the longest time that I’ve ever been apart from my family with such great distance between us. However, this is not my main concern for our departure on Thursday.

There is light at the end of the tunnel

My biggest concern is that I may forget something really important at home. Like, imagine being at the airport and suddenly you realise you have forgot your passport or your ecard at home! I know that’s quite unlikely to happen but I’m a rather forgetful person. But I’ve come up with a plan. I’m going to write down a list of the most important items I have to have with me when I leave home and head for the bus. I hope I won’t leave my passport at home it would be so embarrassing and very inconvenient for our teacher and my parents because they would have to get to Melk or to the airport.

But that’s enough of me panicking over our English project week.

I want to hear about your flying experiences and how you prepare for trips like ours. Share it in the comments.

6A travels to Ireland

The time is yet to come.

My luggage is nearly packed and tomorrow we, the 6a class together with another class, are going to make a trip to Ireland. I am full of expectations when I think about the next week.

 

Lots of people told me that the Irish people are much more outgoing, open-minded and friendlier than we Austrians.

I am looking forward to experience the Irish family situations and in how far it is different from ours. We will stay in little groups of two or three at the host families, so I think it won’t be too difficult to find out some differences in comparison to us Austrians.

Also, I would like to find out a bit more about the history of Ireland. I mean, I already know a few turning points in the Irish history that made Ireland to what it is now. But I hope we will see some old houses because what I find very interesting in them is, that if you look clearly, there are sometimes differences from country to country in the way they look like. Hopefully we’ll be going to a museum too.

Furthermore, I am very excited about trying out Irish food. I’ve heard that in Ireland most people eat a lot of potatoes, but I don’t really expect the food to be something very unusual. I think we know most of the food they eat because i don’t think it will be too different from ours.

 

What do you think the food is like? Do you think the Irish people will be friendlier than the people from our home country?

Please leave a comment and let me know!:)