Sorry it is a little late, I have been super busy the past week or so with German and moving host families!
I spent the beginning of this month in the mountains with my host family. In Austria, all schools get a week off school in February. We spent our week in Bad Aussee skiing. My host parents signed me up for a week-long ski course at Loser (ski resort). Turns out all the other kids in the course were 12 and under and so it was honestly really boring. But, I got to see the mountains for the first time. Every time I had visited Bad Aussee before, it had been snowing so much that the mountains were not visible. But this time you could see the whole mountain range with perfect blue skies. It was so sunny that I even got sunburnt! Also, when we were skiing at the top, two fighter jets flew straight past us when we were standing on the edge of the cliff. They were so close to us it was really scary because they came out of nowhere. Apparently, Austria has their own air force but we only have 15 fighter jets and they are not permitted to fly at night.
I also spent some time during the week taking photos and hiking. One time I accidentally walked into the next town. I have really been getting into photography lately just for fun. Also, I’ve been getting pretty good at making travel videos. Get ready for a ski week video! We also went swimming at one of the thermal spas again. This time a different one with an outdoor salt water pool.
Towards the end of the week I ended up having to change host families and it ended up being the best decision I have made for myself here. Having an unplanned change was definitely the most stressful situation I have had to deal with on exchange but it ended up being the best decision. Since the minute I moved, I have been so happy. Happier than I have been in Austria ever. I really cannot help myself from smiling all the time because this really is turning out to be the best year. This Saturday is the start of ski week and I could not be more excited. Apparently not all the exchange students will be there but I am still so pumped. I still have not learned to snowboard so I guess that will have to wait for next year:(
For the past couple weeks, I was staying with my first host family. It was really like coming home. The next best thing to coming home to Canada. The Bauer family really is like my second family and I realized how much I missed living with them. The minute I arrived back with them I felt more relaxed and happier than I had been in months. This weekend we hiked a small mountain together and had lunch at the top. It was just like hiking with my mom back home because Rudi is a biologist and he would point out stuff that my mom would have pointed out. I think I will go back hiking to that spot because there were some old ruins that you can explore on the hill opposite. After hiking, I went to another Oper with Christene to watch “Kiss me Kate.” It was actually good and I loved the dances and the costumes. Some of the songs were even in English but I still ended up falling asleep for the last 20 minutes or so. I don’t think I have been to one Oper so far without falling asleep.
But staying with the Bauer’s again was only a temporary situation and now I have changed host families again. I was so worried I would be in a stressful situation again with this new family. But yesterday I arrived and they are the most amazing and loving family ever. I really think I will be as close with them as I am with the Bauer family. They have three younger kids, two boys and a girl. The oldest is 11 so again they speak no English but that is perfect for me. The two youngest kids go to my school and so now I get a ride every morning, bonus! My host sister also rides horses and they have a pregnant cousin who cannot currently ride and so they are seeing if they need me to exercise the horses for them. I also am going to ride with my host sister on Friday if I have time. I am going to the Fridays for Future world-wide protest on that day. My new host parents even like country music, it is like a host family match made in heaven! Turned out I had nothing to worry about with this family, they are by far the most amazing and loving family and I could not be happier with them.
That’s all for now, next week is Ski week so my next blog will be about that:)