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Danke schön!

posted Nov 20, 2017, 10:32 AM by Admin austria.ie   [ updated Nov 20, 2017, 10:32 AM ]
Katy O'Connor, one of the Winners of this year's essay competition, sent us a letter with her impressions from her trip to Salzburg. Thank you Katy. It's always great to hear feedback, specially when it is this good.

I wanted to say a huge thank you to you and all of the Irish Austrian Society for my wonderful trip to Salzburg. I had the most amazing two weeks and I will certainly never forget it!

We were blessed with divine sunshine, a welcome change from the rain of an Irish summer! From our first afternoon touring Salzburg, I was captivated by the timeless beauty of the city. Our lessons were held just off the centre of the old city, meaning we ate lunch most days in the square across from Mozart's house of birth, surrounded by gorgeous historic architecture, with the famed Salzburg fortress looming above us. Our host family's house was situated in a similarly stunning location; a two minute walk from Leopoldskron, the lake that featured in The Sound of Music! The jagged outline of the alps decorated the skyline all around, offset by traditional Austrian houses and the tinkle of goats bells from the nearby herds.

The content of the lessons themselves was similar to what we would do in an Irish classroom; comprehensions, role plays and grammar work. However, being taught by a native speaker in a very small class made it an entirely different experience. They were immensely helpful, particularly in terms of oral work and pronunciation - which I'm sure I'll be especially grateful for when it comes to my oral exam next March! As for the organized expeditions, we visited all of the local attractions; the fortress, museums, the lovely Hellbrunn and the Wasserspiele. Going to the top of Untersberg in a cable car, which we did in our own time, was a highlight for me. The view from the top was spectacular - you could see Austria and Germany stretching out on either side of us. All in all, it was a wonderful experience and I'm so grateful to you for making it happen! Best wishes,

Katy O'Connor, Bandon Grammar School.