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Leisure time (Part 1)

What am I doing in my leisure time?

When I have enough free time, I really like going out for beers with friends, listening to music (especially Greek music!), doing Pilates, reading books and newspapers, and learning a new language (for now, German!). In addition, I enjoy drawing flowers and mandalas in coloring books because this helps me get rid of stress and negative thoughts. Also, I love traveling! I have visited many European countries and I don’t have a favorite one. Let’s begin!

Milan, Italy

1.Picture: Duomo di Milano!

The Milan Cathedral or Duomo di Milano is situated in Piazza Duomo. The original name of Piazza Duomo is Piazza dei Miracoli or Square of Miracles. They say there are more statues on this gothic-style cathedral than any other building in the world. There are 3.400 statues and 700 figures that decorate Milan Duomo! Did you know about that?

2.Picture: Visiting the historic building Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II just for windows shopping!

London, United Kingdom

Two of my favorite places in London is the Big Ben and the London Zoo. Is the culture, the people, the atmosphere, the landmarks, the pubs, the fish and chips or something else that makes me fall in love with that city? I have been four times in London and it’s still amazing! Every time that I go there, I have the same enthusiasm with totally everything. Don’t forget to go to the Natural History Museum and to the Madame Tussauds’ Wax Museum!

3.Picture: The giant Big Ben!

4.Picture: The garden of the London Zoo!

In the next post, I am going to talk about my trips to Frankfurt (Germany), Bansko (Bulgaria) and Oslo (Norway). So, stay tuned!

Liebe Grüße,

With much love,

Με πολλή αγάπη,

Sofia <3

Grüß Gott! Hello! Γεια σας!

My name is Sofia Papakonstantinou. I am 24 years old and I am from Greece! Especially, my hometown is Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki is the second biggest city (after Athens which is the capital of Greece) in the northern part of Greece with over 1 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area. Thessaloniki is located on the Thermaic Gulf, in the northwest corner of the Aegean Sea.

1.Picture: Walk next to the Aegean Sea!

In Thessaloniki someone can find many squares, but the central one is called Aristotelous Square. Below you could see some photos and information about Aristotelous Square!

2.Picture: Marvellous view to Aristotelous Square!

3.Picture: Interesting information about Aristotelous Square!

Regarding my profession, I am a primary school teacher! During the four years of my undergraduate studies in the Democritus University of Thrace (Alexandroupolis, Greece), I have gained experience teaching 6-to-12-year-old students in a variety of settings. Furthermore, I have been accepted to start my Master degree on Special Education (via distance learning) in the Hellenic Open University in March. I am extremely happy about it!

4.Picture: It’s me in my favorite classroom in a Greek public school!

I moved to Vienna four months ago for personal and professional purposes. I am still discovering this magnificent capital of Austria! In order to be more flexible in this new city, I began taking German courses for A2.1 level in DeutschAkademie and I am going to continue with A2.2 level in February 🙂

Liebe Gruß,

With much love,

Με πολλή αγάπη,

Sofia <3

#교통권 #75유로

비엔나에서 한 학기 학생 교통권은 75유로이다. 9월1일부터 1월 31일까지 무려 다섯 달 동안 고작 75유로로(약10만원) 비엔나에 있는 교통수단을 사용할 수 있다. 여기에는 지하철, 버스, 트램 그리고 기차가 포함된다. 한국에서 매달 10만 원 이상을 교통비로 사용했었던 터라 처음 왔을 때는 거의 무료로 다니는 것 같기도 했다. 사실 비엔나에 있는 모두가 고작 이 가격만을 내고 대중교통을 사용하는 것은 아니다. 비엔나에 거주등록이 되어있으며, 정규 교육기관 소속인, 만26세 이하의 학생들에게만 해당되는 특별한 혜택이다. 다소 까다로워 보이지만 생각해보면 대부분의 대학생들이 이에 포함된다. 학생들의 가벼운 주머니사정을 어떻게 알고 이런 혜택을 마련했는지 참 부럽다.

비엔나의 학생들은 1년에 총 네 번의 정기교통권을 구매 한다. 겨울 학기 권(9/1-1.31), 여름 학기 권 (2.1-6.30), 7월 방학티켓, 8월 방학티켓. 다 해서 1년에 약 210유로 정도 된다. 이에 해당되지 않는 비엔나의 거주자들이 연간 365유로를 내는 것과 비교하면 그 차이가 더욱 눈에 띈다. 한 가지 더 주목할 점은 만 62세 이상 노인들 또한 연간 224유로를 지불한다는 것이다. 그렇다. 비엔나에선 노인보다 학생에게 더 큰 교통혜택을 준다. 한국의 ‘지공도사’가 떠올랐다. 일명 ‘지하철 공짜로 타는 늙은이’. 비엔나에 지공도사는 없다.

Decision making – Entscheidungen treffen

This week in class we had a theme about decisions and decision making. There was a text that talked about the process of taking a decision, and afterwards we talked amongst ourselves, in able to dig deeper into the matter.

We split into three groups, which received each a poster and we had to brainstorm ideas, or write down compelling arguments from the text.

There was a lot of talk about gut feeling, and how it is important to follow it, especially when it comes to big decisions. Also, list making came into question, as a way to write down all the important information so you have the big picture in front of you. When you are unsure, you should of course consult others, experts, friends, people who have had similar choices, but what it comes down to in the end is what is best for you, because decision making can differ so greatly from one person to the other.

I will leave you with the posters that we made in class, in hopes you will discover other useful tips.

Guessing Game – Konjunktiv II

Thursday in class we did a fun little game, which I have to tell you about. Our teacher wrapped up something small and invited us to feel it in our hands, and pass it from one person to the other. We all had post-its, on which we could write what we think it is, using Konjunktiv II, for expressing wishes and unreal things. It was a very fun way of putting the grammar into practice!

Passing it along from hand to hand, it finally got to me and it took me a minute to try and make out the shape of the object. We were also given a tip: it has something to do with the theme we were about to begin (Fit für die Prüfung).

This is what I wrote on my postit:

Other guesses were a variety of sweets, and the winner, meaning the person who guessed it right said: Glückschwein. As I learned, it is a New Year symbol here in Austria, gifted from one person to another, in order to wish them Good luck in the upcoming year.

New class, new opportunities!

Yesterday was the first day of B2.2 class. Same fuss on the corridors, same fresh faces everywhere, same helpful people by the Information Office. New colleagues in the class, most of which have already done another Deutschakademie class, some new altogether, but the group made me a good impression from the first day.

I could tell, by the way they introduced themselves, and how we talked to one another that first day, that their speaking level is generally a bit higher than mine, which makes me happy because it means I have much to learn from them.

We did some get-to-know you games, all very fun and interactive, and then got a short test, to reiterate some of the things we should know by now. Then we played a round of BINGO, which means we got a sheet of paper with questions on it, which we had to ask the others, and when all the questions were answered you shouted ‘BINGO’ and won the game.

I have to say, I am excited to see what this class brings!


Wiener Würstelstands

Today I’m gonna talk about a quite typical and beloved Viennese landmark – these Wiener Würstelstands that seem to be everywhere throughout the city. Normally, they’re found in high-key spots throughout the city (see, for instance, the one in the photo near the Wiener Staadsoper) and are very popular when it comes to grabbing a bite on the go, a quick snack in between classes and some are even open late into the night – the go-to food option for after a night clubbing.

What types of sausages can you find throughout the city? A LOT!
There’s Frankfurter, Debreziner, Käsekrainer, huge Käsekrainer, Bratwurst and Currywurst, Waldviertler, Käsekrainer, Frankfurter, Burenwurst, a spicy Burenwurst and Waldviertler, Debreziner to go with bread or a roll or in a Hot Dog. There is also a wide variety of sauces to go with them, sometimes even including soy or vegetable sausages for vegetarians.

Try not to be overwhelmed by the different options out there, and instead try out as many as you can, over time, and determine which specialty appeals to you more. I’m sure that you can end up saying ‘Today I’d be more in the mood for Käsekrainer, but maybe a spicy Burenwurst is in sight for tomorrow’.

The stands typically have a selection of drinks – soft drinks, beer – to compliment your snacking experience. They say you can’t visit Vienna without trying a Würstelstand, and there’s a reason for that! So enjoy, and let us know in the comments below what you thought!

The Eistraum – Skating at the Rathaus

Along with the cold season, comes a beloved tradition in Vienna – putting together the skating rink and connecting alleys at the Rathausplatz. The skating area is huge, and there are also places where you can get a snack or a hot beverage, while you rest a bit, and enjoy the spinning skaters.

There are lights and beautiful decorations around, and you can’t help but feel that cozy wintery feel while you’re having fun with friends or your special someone. The admission price for adults is 7.50 €, and if you want to rent your skates there, it is an additional 7 €.

Keep a lookout, cause The Eistraum opens on 17.11.2017, and is at your skating disposal until 4.03.2018. Have fun and see you out there!

Austrian Airlines

First contact I’ve had with Austria, even before actually stepping foot in the country, was with Austrian Airlines, the airline group that’s flown me safely in Vienna every time. I enjoy their service and how they treat customers, as well as hearing the German language around me.

Austrian occupies a leading position in Austria’s aviation industry, and since 2009 it has become a part of Lufthansa. One aspect that I felt gave a differentiation was the fact that they played classical music on board, when you boarded the plane. So after standing in line for a while, or lugging your baggage around and all the other stress related to travel, you would waltz in, as smiling faces greeted you. It was always a nice feeling for me and am looking forward to my next Austrian flight.

Maria Theresien Platz

Just north of the Hofburg, you can find the Maria Theresien Platz, a square that was created in the 19th century. In the middle of the square there is a huge monument of the Empreress, in whose memory it was named Maria Theresien Platz.

After doing a bit of research, as well as after a visit to Schönbrunn, I found out that Maria Theresa was an Austrian archduchess, and Holy Roman Empress of the Habsburg Dynasty. She reigned from 1740 to 1780 and was also mother to Marie Antoinette, of which you may have heard as being the last Queen of France before the French Revolution.

Maria-Theresien-Platz is bordered by two majestic museum buildings, which mirror each other: Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts) and Naturhistorisches Museum (Museum of Natural History), which I already told you about in a previous article. They are both constructed in neo-Renaissance design with large domes, very pleasing to the eye and attractive for tourists.

The area in between the two museums is inviting and quite exquisite, consisting of formal gardens, statues, fountains and nature, at the center of which stands the colossal monument. The day I visited it for the first time, even though it was pretty cold and rain clouds were threatening, it was such a serene atmosphere, children laughing, families spending time together, street artisans playing with huge bubbles. Quite lovely, don’t you think?


Naturhistorisches Museum Wien

On my very first visit to Vienna, in February 2017, I got the chance to see the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien. You can find it on the Ring Straße, the visitor’s entrance being by Maria-Theresien-Platz, a wonderful outdoor area with a big statue of the Austrian Empress.

The museum is really big and the tour is quite long, so it will take you most of the day. Its history is shaped by the passion for collecting of renowned monarchs, the endless thirst for knowledge of famous scientists, and the spirit of adventure of travelling researchers. There are several wings, which host categories such as geology, sea creatures, dinosaurs, butterflies, mammals and even a planetarium, which I enjoyed tremendously.

We also stopped for a bite to eat and a refreshment at the inside Café, which has an impressive architecture and being one of the first buildings I saw in Vienna, it made me pay attention to the architecture of the city as a whole.