Year Abroad Take Two…

And so it begins..! I hereby commence graduate life. Which actually means see you later, I’m off.. again!

Final year went by in a flash, quicker than any other of the past four years, that, in short, amassed to a very big sigh of relief on results day. Leaving Lancaster has become somewhat of an emotional affair and I’m not one to deal with goodbyes particularly well. It isn’t just a case of moving away from a place, it’s the end of an era with all it’s ups and downs, experienced with the best of friends and all within a tight knit community. Life at Lancaster was like having a second little family and I will miss it dearly. Maybe I’ll be back in the future.. who knows!

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Graduation Day 13/07/2016

Yet from endings new beginnings shall blossom. Everyone is going off in different directions and finding their paths in life, and though undecided about exactly what I want to do in the future, I’m attempting to try the ‘take every opportunity possible’ policy. Which translated actually means I don’t have a clue so I’m just leaving the country..again. Well who would deny the chance for a second year abroad?! Not me! As part of my degree I already did one year abroad studying at Graz University in the south-east region of Austria, and this year really gave me a renewed, positive outlook on life, which I really treasure. (All blog posts can be found by clicking here or on the third year abroad tab above). Some of my happiest memories and biggest adventures fulfilled this year which is why I decided to do everything in my power to get back there asap!

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Year Abroad Scrapbook

Therefore I am pleased to announce that mid september I will be flying back to the beautiful austrian city of Graz to work and live as a (kind-of) functioning adult! I will be working as an English language teaching assistant with the British Council and I’ve even managed to secure a room back in the same flat I lived in on my year abroad… I know you couldn’t write this.. I hardly believe it either in all honesty! It seems rather ridiculous, I mean, of course upon leaving I always said that I’d be back sometime, but never did it actually occur to me that this would work out how it actually has. A very bizarre state of affairs if you ask me! Anyway the job, as I said will be as a teaching assistant, and I have been placed in two schools pretty much right in the centre of Graz, which is fantastic and knowing the city so well already I really feel like I will just be able to slot back into the ‘Grazerin’ life with fewer hurdles than the first time! Of course it is going to be quite a different experience this time, but I’m so excited for it! I’ve been in contact with teachers at the schools and have already started planning some ideas and collecting bits and bobs to take over with me. Meanwhile over the summer I’ve also managed to get a job so it’s all systems go with saving and sorting for the next month and a bit.

Over the course of the year I will endeavour to post as much as possible about all my new, exciting experiences and travels. Sure I may have fit a lot into my last year abroad, but I’m certain there is much more I have left to tick off my list! Click the follow button in the sidebar to keep up with my latest ventures and updates.


Katie Louise

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The End is Nigh

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 ♥

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Yes, The Hills are (still) Alive! : Stories of Salzburg

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.

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Salzach River and Hohenfestung, Salzburg

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Buon Viaggio: Venice & Milan!

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!

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Piazza San Marco

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May: 21st Geburtstag & Life Updates.

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!

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