"Down here at Cape Spartel is the celebrated cave of Hercules, where the hero took refuge when he was vanquished and driven out of the Tangier country. It is full of inscriptions in the dead languages, which fact makes me think Hercules could not have traveled much, else he would not have kept a journal."

-"The Innocents Abroad," Mark Twain

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Cue the Dramatic Music

Or not. It's unnecessary. School has begun! I went away for the weekend! Came back! Have returned to school! Yup, that pretty much sums up what I have been doing lately.

I hope you are enjoying, well, I really do not know what the weather back in the States is right now, so you will just have to enjoy it for me. Because I can guarantee that you are currently warmer than I am. Yesterday, I returned home from school, went about my daily whatever-it-is I do after school, and was shown that it was snowing in the mountains. Yes, I looked outside and could see SNOW! Crazy, huh? And it's only September!
*Please note that this was from afar and was not actually in the valley.

In school, I am in the 7th grade, where the students are actually a year older than I am. We remain in the same classroom unless going to a lab for science or to the gym and the teachers come to us. Between classes, we have 10 minute breaks. Because the length of each day varies, there is no lunch scheduled in. There is, however, a cafe on the the first level. And the whole city of Salzburg. If your day is longer, there is an hour or two long "Pause," during which you can eat. I travel about an hour each way to get to school; my father drives me and my host sister in the morning and we take the bus in the afternoon. For gym class, they separate the guys & dolls into different areas of the gym, which I found interesting (and I have to say, better).  Everyone here is very sweet and quite willing to answer questions! 

This past weekend, I met up with the other exchange students of Austria, including the ones from Australia and New Zealand who have been here for a half-year already. We went hiking (which was actually more like rock climbing) and stayed in the most adorable rooms in a bed & breakfast! (Actually, it was amazing that they fit all 85 or so of us in one place.)

I am sure I will think of something later that I meant to write, but for now, a few more pictures:

The Salzach River in Salzburg

Just to give you a little bit of a scale - there are people in this photo. 

We were all at dinner and I saw this out of the window!

Go eat a bag of candy corn!
(Thanks, Mom!)
-Mary Beth


  1. you should be a writer :) you could write a novel of your awesome year in austria! :D would b awesome ;)

  2. Haha, thanks! I hope you are enjoying being back home!