“This time last year I was…”, “If I were there now I would be…”, “Oh, I’d just love to pop back!” – a small sample of post year abroad discourse I’ve heard around and abouts this week…
I’m afraid that the time has come. I mean I told myself there was no way I could be so emotional about this, but boy was I so wrong.
Firstly I would like to take a moment to reflect on the tragic incident that happened a couple of weeks ago in Graz. In short, on the 20th June, a man raced through the streets of the inner city with his car and it resulted in deaths, countless injuries and shock for the entire city. Incidents like this can of course happen anywhere, but when things like this happen in such close proximity, somewhere where you would usually feel so safe, it really hits a nerve and there are so many ‘what ifs’ in all of our minds. Some people are still in hospital weeks on from the incident and the whole city is still shaken up. Walking through the centre for the first time after the incident was an emotional time for everyone, the candles, pictures and flowers took over the streets, but since the event the city has pulled together and shown nothing but strength and support for all the victims. Graz trägt Hoffnung ♥
Those of you who follow me on various other social media platforms will probably know half the story of which I am about to tell. Yet I feel it entirely deserving and owed it’s own special blog post. Therefore ladies and gentlemen, the hills are truly and most definitely still alive, I give you, the splendour that is Salzburg.
Before my year abroad I don’t think I quite expected that I would realistically be able to see so many different places. Least of all did I expect to make it to Italy! One bus and one train ride from Graz main train station and I could find myself arriving in the beautiful city of Venice. Then just added on popping to Milan for a couple of days. Why not! The week before was my birthday so I decided I could think of no better treat to celebrate!
It occurred to me that most the time I have something specific I want to write about for these posts, but I felt like it was just about time that I wrote something a bit more chatty and just give you a few general updates about the life behind all the exciting excursions, because I feel like that is sometimes forgotten!
It seems rather too much to conceive thinking about how quick the time has passed, yet in desperation for making the most out of what time is left, I’ve opted for a so called ‘let’s just book it and get out of here’ attitude. Austria is small and bordered by eight different countries, all reachable by simple and cheap train journeys. I would be rather foolish not to take advantage.
Therefore…Vitajte v Bratislavy…Willkommen in Bratislava…Welcome on and all to Bratislava!