It was a pleasure for me to be part of such an interesting story. The hosts were very kind and tried to help me to enjoy the pure Austrian lifestyle and feel the atmosphere of a harmonious family. The town is like a labyrinth, is the place where art meets technology and fine history, and the school as I take it, is the heart which pomp the whole energy. The workshop was very useful and helped us to know each other better, and understand the importance of communication in the process of preventing and resolving the conflicts . All in all it was a wonderful experience surrounded by the sophisticated atmosphere of the Austrian lifestyle. (Cosmin Cernica)
It was a very beautiful journey. The flight was good and after we arrived in Vienna we took the train. After 4 hours we arrived in Klagenfurt. Me and my colleague Bianca met Maxi’s mother, the host family at we stayed and we went for lunch. It was an enjoyable lunch and we shared a lot of things. After we ate we met the Hungarian people and then we went to Minimundus. There we formed groups with Austrian and Hungarian people and we had to answer at some questions.After the Minimundus experience me and Bianca went home. The family was very kind.They are nice people. The next day we went to school and again we formed groups and we had a tour of the school.Then one of the English teachers put us in a circle and we must kept out hands on a blue rope. Then she gave us some things to do. I remember that we’ve done a very funny game when everyone had to say his name and do a specific movement to remember that person. After we sang a song we had a break. Then we formed groups and every group had to form a proposition with some word that the teacher gave us. After that we formed another group and each group had to write or an example of conflicts or a solution and then to comment them. I remember we went to City Arkaden and me, Bianca, Maxi, Manuel and Michael stayed a little longer than everyone else and we got a chance to know eachother. Wednesday we’ve only made trips and we visited a lot of beautiful places. But at 8 p.m we had a farewell party and we ate and sing songs. Thursday we had free time for shopping at City Arkaden and then we went at the ORF. After that we went at the station and said goodbye to the teachers and the other students and took the train back to Vienna, and then the plane to Romania. It was a wonderful experience and I hope it won’t be the last one. (Chita Diana)
From this journey to Austria I have learnt a lot of things. The most important thing that I’ve learned it was: h the solving of conflicts. The road to Austria was a little exhausting. We took the plane from Bucharest to Austria, and then we took the train to Klagenfurt. When we arrived at Klagenfurt station me and Diana, my classmate, met our host family. We went to take the lunch at a nearby restaurant because we were really hungry and we were waiting the Hungarian group. After we finished the lunch, we met them. After this we visited Minimundus, there we had to form mixed groups and we had to answer some questions related to history. This was very funny and interesting. Then we all left Minimundus and we went to our host families. They all were very, very nice and sociable. The next day was full o interesting activities. We had a school tour. In my opinion the school is great and teachers from there are very nice. After this we had many activities with an English teacher. Thanks to this activities we `ve met each other better. Wednesday we visited a lot of beautiful places like: castles, cathedrals, botanical garden, from Klagenfurt and surroundings. At 5 o’clock we returned at our host families, to prepare for the farewell party. I enjoyed a lot this party, the cookies were great, and the music played at the guitar the same. On Thursday we had free time for shopping at City Arkaden, I had a lot of fun there because I like the shopping a lot. After we finished the shopping we went to the ORF and I saw a lot of interesting things that I have never saw before. Then we went to the station and we said “bye bye “to all because we were leaving. This was an experience that I will never forget. The people from Austria and Hungary were great. I wish I could stay there longer. I can’t wait the moment when they will come to Romania. (Bianca Ungureanu)
I really like this little trip. I was suprprised of all things i saw there. I liked especially the school, it was so nice and big. The students are very friendly and smart. Some of them didn`t like to speak english, but they are also nice people. Klagenfurt is a nice town. I liked very much the turistic points of interest, such as buildings, parks and museems. The town is friendly and very tidely! Austria is a country that deserve to be a model for us. About my host it was a great family with three girls, which makes me feel as home... (Cornelia Grozea)
The journey was superb, mostly due to the fact that it was my first travel outside the country. We arrived at the airport in Vienna at 6:30 AM and we took a bus from there to the train station where we had to wait until 8:20 for the train that would eventually take us to Klagenfurt. I was already exhausted, so, in the train, I hadnt got the time to admire the view. The 4 hrs journey to Klagenfurt gave me a chance to rest. We arrived at 12:30 PM and we met the welcoming party which took us to a restaurant to have lunch and get to know each other while we waited the Hungarian group. The first thing we visited that afternoon was Minimundus, an wonderful museum filled with miniature models of landmarks from all over the world. They even had a model of the Cathedral of Curtea de Argeş from my country. All the models had been handcrafted by the original designs to a certain scale. We were given a quiz and we had to find the answers that were hidden in the description of certain landmarks. Then, we had some hot chocolate while we waited for our hosts to arrive. Finally at about 5:30 PM I met the family I was going to stay with. We got home, but I was so tired that I fell asleep at about 8 PM. The next day I got up at 6:30 AM. This day officially began at 8 AM with a PowerPoint Presentation of the city which we would see later that day. Then it was time for a presentation of the school, which is amazing by the way, led by some students. Then it was time to get down to business by starting to talk about the subject of Conflicts. We met a psychotherapist which had her own way of getting to know each other. The first exercise included a rope and the impossible thing of not talking. We had to form a circle and to arrange ourselves by our height, then by our birth date and finally by the number of siblings we have. The second exercise really gave us the chance to get a real impression of ourselves. We had to say our names and to make a distinguishable sign. The ones that followed would have to repeat everything that was said until then. We got to learn a song and to arrange some words to form a sentence. The day was not over yet. After we had lunch at the schools canteen, we proceeded even deeper into the subject by forming four groups and giving examples of what are the reasons of the conflicts, what triggers them, how to solve and prevent conflict from ever occurring. Now, it was time to relax and to actually see the city. We even saw the Wörther-See-Mandl and, the icon of the city, the Lindwurmbrunnen We even had time to do some shopping at the City Arkaden. It was time now to get back to our hosts and to get some rest because the next day wolud be even more stunning than the previous. The 3rd day was the "Trip day ". Again, the day started "early" so we had a lot of time to visit many places. First was a beautiful church called "Maria Saal" which had wooden carving all around it. A wood carving contest is carried here every year. Then we got to visit the "Dukes Chair" and "an impressive Carinthian landmark", the Hochosterwitz Castle. "The marvelously preserved castle (or fortress), erected on a much older pre-existing core, was given its current shape between 1570 and 1586. 14 gates lead to a fortified hilltop, where, 150 meters above the valley, the actual stronghold is located. The fortification has been private property of the Khevenhüller family for centuries. Remarkable are, above all, the castles rich armoury and the bronze altar from 1580." It was time now to have dinner, and where better to do that than a restaurant near a lake. And this wasnt all. We went at a in-cave built museum., mostly geological, but the experience was... I cant even describe it. Unfortunately we couldnt see the Botanical Garden. But they took us to see a breathtaking wonder, the Klagenfurt Observatory. Climbing a hill and almost 200 hundred steps was well worthed just for the view over the entire city. We launched a hot air balloon that went for miles up in the sky and we learned some pretty cool stuff about the sun. This was all that we had time to visit that day, unfortunately. The fourth day was kind of sad for me because it was "The Good-bye day". This day was mostly about shopping. Again, the place of choice, the City Arkaden. Although I have seen it before, that place amazed me even more, mainly because we had more time to explore the mall,but partially because it seems to be changing every moment. I got dizzy due to all the running between the shops. Klagenfurt never stops to amaze me. We had a backstage trip through the sets at a local TV Station, the ORF, an inside view of the room were the actual broadcast takes place. It was time now to go also to the Radio Station of the same broadcaster. We even got the chance to see how a live programme is done. We had to be completely silent at one point, but I was wondering "Who is gonna shout first?" From there, we walked to the train station. Our luggage was already there, waiting for us. The most horrible moment was when we realized that we left Klagenfurt behind us and that was going to be another long and exhausting journey home. My only regret is that we left so early, another week there would have been unimaginably beautiful. (Andrei Coman)
For me the journey was refreshing and nice. When I got there the people were polite and they invited us to join them at a restaurant to taste the traditional cuisine. I was impressed by the great school which is far bigger then mine. I made many friends, we had fun together and this was a good memory about Austria. (Ana Maria Ene)
I can´t go to school because I am sick.
If I walk out my house I’ll get hit by a brick.
I can’t go to school because I’m afraid. On my way there I might get run over by a huge parade.
I can’t go to school because I have a funereal to attend. School uniforms just aren’t the new trend.
I can’t go to school because I woke up late. I broke my thumb while learning how to skate.
I can’t go to school because I feel a little blue. My brother stuck my hands together with supper glue.
I can’t go to school because school is boring. I wonder what excuses I’ll have tomorrow morning!
\"I can\´t go to school\" By: Jasmine Shipp