miércoles, 18 de octubre de 2017

BLOG POST 3:
 LINZ, A CITY WITH A LOT OF FUN

On my third week I was completely used to my new life here and I had a lot of interesting activities to do. First I must tell you a strange anecdote that I lived on Sunday. I went to an enormous supermarket in Linz, but the curious thing was that an extreme right- wing politician (racist and almost a nazi according to my friends) was making a speech there. It was a bit scary to see all those people listening to that man saying that he wanted people who are not Austrian out of Austria… Well, better to start with the funny anecdotes now, I know you prefer them!
 On Thursday we had a class called “German for beginners”. At this class we learn German doing ordinary activities out of the class. For example, in this first class we went to Linz to play Laser Tag and go shopping. We visited the big shopping center (the same I had visited on Sunday) and then we went to a Haribo big shop. All products there were made of Haribo.  At first, I thought that some products were free and I started to eat them at the shop… Don’t get me wrong! I swear I hadn’t seen the prices on the products! Then we went to play Laser Tag, a game that has two teams, your objective is to shoot the people of the other team with your laser gun. It was an amazing game but it is really intense so we finished the game very tired.

I must say that the first games I played pretty badly and I almost had negative score because I shot people of my own team… but then I improved my level and I understood the game better, so I became a “good” player. On Friday we (my host family, me and the other exchange students, Henrick and Nö

el) went to an ice-hockey match, between the Black Wings (the team that we supported because they are from Linz) and the Red Bull Salzburg, one of the best teams in Austria. The match was amazing, historic, wonderful, magical…. The match had three parts of 20 minutes and it started very aggressively and crazy (some fights between players, kicks and a lot of hits) but without goals. In the second part our team (Black Wings) scored two goals and we started to think it was going to be an easy win, but Salzburg scored at the start of the third part… and they scored another goal when there were only 60 seconds of match left. But our hope didn’t disappear and… our team scored in the last ten seconds an amazing goal and we won! The stadium was full of people, so with that goal all the Black Wings supporters exploded with happiness and I felt the stadium literally shaking. Both experiences were very funny, but this doesn’t end here, I still have five weeks more here so I will live, and of course tell you, many other adventures.

martes, 10 de octubre de 2017

SCHOOL, ART AND HISTORY

I woke up at 6:00, but I was feeling energetic because it was going to be my first school day in Austria. Isabelle (my Austrian mother) drove me to the school, HTL Perg, a big modern school. First of all I met the other two foreign students, Henrick, from Sweden, and Noel, from Belgium. Then Mrs. Danner, our tutor, introduced us to the classroom and we played some funny games to get to know each other better. This day I was at school just for four hours, so we didn’t do much more. That afternoon Isabelle and I took Hellios (the family’s dog) for a walk along the Danube bank. I ended the day playing a ludo game with the whole family. The ludo was one of the presents that I took them from Spain.
The next day my first class was Physical Education. The teacher let us select what sport we wanted to do, I (as a good Spanish) chose football! I know that you don’t want to hear more about lessons and you want to read my adventures at the weekend, so there we go! On Friday, Sebastian, two of his friends (Niklas and Thomas) and I went to Linz to paint graffiti. On the way to the wall that we were going to use (a wall builded to paint graffiti over it) we saw an incredible graffiti by a famous artist who painted the faces of some famous rappers, it looks like a photo! I had never painted graffiti before, so I enjoyed my first time a lot! I am not very good, but they said that being my first time my graffiti wasn’t too bad. They painted a big graffiti that was very cool.
On Sunday I made other cultural visit, but very different from my visit to Linz. We went to Mauthausen, one of the biggest nazi concentration camps. It is very near our house and it is certainly not a funny visit, but it is history and it is important to see and remember what happened there. We chose a good day to go there because, at the same moment, Spain was living difficult moments and a lot of violence because of the Catalan referendum and in Mauthausen, where a lot of Catalans and Spanish republicans died, there were a lot of Catalan and republican flags.

In summary, it was a week when I did lots of different and varied things.

viernes, 29 de septiembre de 2017

BLOG POST 1:
FROM ASTURIAS TO AUSTRIA

Travelling to another country with a suitcase for two months isn´t easy,so this blog post is going to be about my travel from Asturias to my new home in Austria. My mother came with me to the airport of Asturias to catch the first flight to Madrid. It isn’t an enormous airport so it wasn’t difficult to find it. The only problem was that my suitcase weighed weighed 30 kg   (two months of your life into a suitcase isn’t easy…), and the maximum was 23 kg, but we divided my baggage into two suitcases. As an anecdote, at the boarding room I was seated next to the Auryn Singer, I don’t like his music much, but it was a funny moment. The first flight was short (one hour more or less) and
I arrived in Madrid at 14:15. Madrid airport is one of the biggest in Europe, but (to my surprise)I didn´t get lost and I could catch my plane on time. This second flight had some problems: the first problem was  an enormous man seated next to me, I couldn’t see  anything apart from his belly!
Then the flight got delayed. The last problem was that the man who was seated behind me didn’t like planes much and he was very nervous so he was always talking a bit loud, almost shouting and it was a bit stressful. I arrived at Viena airport and after a long time waiting for my suitcases finally I met part of my new family. Isabelle and Tobias were waiting for me there. It took us one hour and a half to drive from Viena to their house. It was a funny travel talking about ourselves and things about Spain and Austria. We arrived at their house very late so their three children were tired (the same as me) and sleeping. I met them better the next day. Their names are Sebastian (16 years old), Anna (14 years old) and Jonas (12 years old). It has been a hard experience, (I am writing this on Sunday and I’m  still tired) but I think this experience in Ausria is going to be good for me.  On Monday, 25th, I am going to start to attend HTL Perg, my new high school! I am going to inform you about my Austrian experience on this blog, so see you soon!
Gabriel Sánchez Poyal 1st Bachiller.