We had the pleasure to talk with Alice Friday, a student from Manchester who keeps visiting us in our English lessons. It was a nice conversation and we were able to gather a lot of information about her stay in Austria.
Q: Have you been in Austria before?
A: Actually I was skiing with my school in Tirol a few times. It was a really great experience and I loved to be there with my friends.
Q: Then why did you choose Steyr as your destination?
A: I didn't actually choose Steyr. My university chose it for me. Basically when you apply to do this program you are allowed to choose three places and my first choice was Tirol. I didn't really know anywhere else to go so I just searched other places in Austria and ended up picking Oberösterreich.
Q: Did you come alone?
A: No, I didn't. Some of my friends are also staying in Austria, through they live in other cities.
Q: So where are you staying during your visit?
A: I'm staying at a student accommodation which is really great. I meet a lot of young people, I have my own private space and there's also a communal kitchen.
Q: Then what was the biggest shock when you first came to Austria?
A: I do most of my shopping on Sunday so I was quite surprised that the shops don't open in Austria. Also I was really shocked when I learned that your school already starts at 7.40 am while ours starts around 9 am. But it isn't that bad, because you get the afternoons free.
Q: Come to think of it, we never really talked about what you study.
A: I study French and German at my university but I don't speak much German at all. We have to read a lot of French and German literature, so most of the time we stay in the library reading books about books so we can write essays and texts like that.
Q: What are you doing when you're free in Austria?
A: I visit my friends and travel to Linz quite often but I also go to other places so I'm away for almost every weekend. Of course I also did hiking at the Kalkalpen and visited some other spots around the region.
Q: Did you participate in some festival or activities in Steyr?
A: Not really. I was at the Christmas market, which was really nice with all the little shops but that feels like it was ages ago.
Q: What are the great differences between Austria and the UK in your opinion?
A: I get this question quite a lot but I really struggle with this because I don't really know. Of course, the biggest difference is the language but there are many different types of shops and our school-systems differ too.
Q: What do you think about our holidays here? How do they differ to the ones in the UK?
A: Your holidays are way shorter than ours but you have a lot more random days off. We also don't have a real day off for workers. It's very lively all week long.
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your family?
A: I have a brother and a sister who already live on their own and a dog which was a puppy when I left so she should be big by now.
Q: Did you like it here so far?
A: Yeah, I liked it a lot. The people around here are welcoming me and the mountains are really beautiful.
Interview by Schörkl, Gol and Fröhlich (5B)