Laura's Vienna Part Teil 1
Hello or as we say in Northern Germany Moin Moin.
My name is Laura and I am 17 years old. At the moment I am an intern at Apartment.at (The Ranks GmbH) and spend a six week internship there. For this period I live in the Appartements Ferchergasse in Vienna.
This and next week, I'll tell you more about how I experienced Vienna, what I think is a must see and must do and why I do an internship in Vienna, even though I live in Northern Germany.
I attend the vocational school in Plön and am currently doing my professional education with a training as a commercial assistant. Because of this, it is mandatory to complete a six-week internship. For three years now there has been the opportunity to do our internship in the Austrian capital with the exchange program "Erasmus plus". For this purpose, a total of 12 students from a single year will be selected. Since I've never been to Vienna before and I feel very comfortable in big cities and after a conversation with my parents I decided to apply for it and fortunately was accepted.
What is Erasmus plus?
Erasmus plus is an EU-sponsored exchange program. They support the promotion of education and training, as well as youth and sport. From the apartments to the bus ticket, the EU has taken over all our costs. Only for the food everyone had to pay. This also allows a person whose budget is limited, a trip abroad, which I find very positive. Central to the EU program is the promotion of learning mobility and international cooperation. They want countries to work more together and give students a better opportunity to educate themselves abroad without paying a lot.
Six students each from two classes were on their own during this time and learn to master their own lives. A total of eleven companies have agreed to accept interns.
We started on Saturday the 09.06 at 17:30 our journey at the Kiel main station. We drove to Hamburg by train and from there we took the night train directly to Vienna. I have to say the night drive was pretty fun but also a bit exhausting as you could hardly sleep. However, we were very curious about what to expect. Since most of us come from a small town, we were very curious to see what life in a big city is like and what the differences are. Exhausted, we arrived on Sunday and unpacked our bags. Then we bought some food at Billa and visited the Hofburg.
The first days & Time Travel Vienna
So that we are not completely on our own during these six weeks and have a contact person, two of our teachers lived in one of the apartments during the first and the last two weeks. It was important to them that we not only work in Vienna and spend our free time in our apartments, but that we see something of Vienna. Thus, we made a trip to the Time Travel Vienna in the first week. We did not have to pay for it, as the couple Rank and our teachers have kindly took over the costs for us, which is not self-evident. It was not a typical tour but a mix of listening and watching. You even see a 5D short film and can feel like a princess for a short while, if you let yourself be photographed as a Sissi. It was definitely worth it in my opinion and I would recommend to anyone to do a tour there, because you do not have to listen to a boring talk, but make a little journey through time. Then a group photo was taken as a souvenir and I bought a souvenir in the shop.
In order not to stretch this blog post too much, there will be a second part next week, in which I will tell you in more detail about my experiences.
I hope you enjoyed reading