I just thought I’d write another post to keep you all updated on life in Vienna since I returned at the end of February.
It was so strange coming back to Vienna and there being so many new students for the semester but I was lucky to have lots of friends that, like me, were also doing a year abroad. You may have seen from the other posts that Lis and Henry are also studying here and do International Business Management at Sheffield, so it’s so nice to always have a friendly face and we regularly do stuff together!
Strangely enough, I’ve also become such good friends with two girls from Sheffield Uni who study Law at another Vienna University. I was speaking to Meg who went to Vienna last year online and she suggested I meet up with them and so the next day I did just that! After an hour chatting over lunch, we already got on so well and arranged to go to Prague that weekend! Things like that would have seemed so strange to me this time last year, but a year abroad definitely teaches you to just throw yourself in to everything and we had such a lovely weekend. Prague is so beautiful and was only four hours away from Vienna on a very cheap coach. I now see Kiera and Amelia all the time and turns out they had a fairly big group of British friends out here in Vienna. I thought that making more British friends seemed silly considering I was in a new and exciting country but it’s so nice to spend time with other English people and it means I’m never homesick. The only bad thing is how badly we influence each another on nights out because it’s like we’re in Sheffield again! But we always spend our hungover days together so that makes up for it – we’ve started having sleepovers.
The weather in March and beginning of April has also been amazing! We had over a week of boiling hot sun when the temperature was around 24 degrees which was so nice for picnics in the park. We also went on a six-hour hike which was completely made by the sunshine and we rewarded ourselves with an ice-lolly and aperol spritz on the way back. March was pretty quiet for me on the travelling front, but I’m going to catch up and go to Hallstatt and Krakow in May/June before I leave. I did manage to go night sledding in Semmering with the EBN group which was so much fun and much easier than skiing!
I’ve been very busy with Hockey as we’ve had a lot of pre-season training. I realised that I forget to mention this part of my Erasmus life before so I’ll do it now…
I’ve played Hockey for ages so decided to join a local team here to make friends. I found a really good team (HC Wien), who play in the National League, on facebook and let them know I was coming. My team is mainly full of Austrian girls but there are a few other internationals such as Flavi from Argentina and Jazz from Australia which is really cool. It’s a nice way to get to know the local people as most of the girls have always lived in Vienna so they recommend good places to go etc. The only difficult thing is that my coach doesn’t speak English! Given that my German is very basic, it can be quite difficult to understand team talks but I can normally work it out and I’ve picked up lots of hockey lingo. We train three times per week which is so good to keep fit and matches start again after Easter which I’m so excited about! So, in summary, I would recommend joining a local club/team as it gives you better insight in to the country and people you’re living in/with.
I had a three-week easter break (which I am currently on) and so went home to see all my friends and family but honestly I didn’t want to leave when it was the day of my flight. This semester is going so quickly and I’m dreading leaving in June!
I’ll make sure to post one final time before I head home on June 20th, but until then… tschuss! x