Photo: Concert at Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria
Moving abroad? Easy. I was certain I had this whole “moving to Vienna” thing figured out before I even got there (not the case, of course). Arriving in Vienna wasn’t the tough part. The city is gorgeous, full of history, culture, and never-ending events to attend. Whether it was a festival by the Danube, or a pride parade in the center of the shopping district, there was always something to do. No, the difficult part was the day-to-day things you don’t consider. I didn’t speak German. Store hours? Everything is closed by 7 PM, and good luck finding a grocery store open on a Sunday.
It was frustrating at first, but once I figured out the small quirks of the city, I spent my days studying in cafes, touring museums, and traveling throughout Europe with a new set of friends. I even managed to learn a few phrases in German! Living in Vienna was one of the best experiences of my life, and the adventures I had there will stay with me for a lifetime. So take the opportunity and GO, somewhere, anywhere! You won’t regret it. Dankeschön and auf wiedersehen (thank you and goodbye)!
-Ana-Maria Frampton, exchange program at WU Vienna in Austria, Spring 2017