Comenius meeting in Eisenerz Austria
The Comenius group of Pellonpuisto school spent a week in Austria Eisenerz in October 2015 from 27th to October 31st 2014. Teachers Hanna Isokangas and Tanja Sairila as well as students Janitta Hovi, Eveliina Ala- Juusela, Mirella Mälkki and Elina Äyväri travelled to meet European Comenius-friends.
Our trip began on Monday morning at 03:00! We were eager to travel and with power of coffee the journey towards the airport went quickly. At the airport we had some time and went around in the airport shops. In the plane we had time to chat together. We talked about our expectations we had on the meeting. We landed in Vienna local time at 8:45. We took a train to downtown because we had to wait for the other groups to arrive. In the center of Vienna we did some shopping and saw some city attractions. After three hours we went back to the airport and met there two Austrian students who had been in Huittinen in January. After a while all groups came to our meeting point and we got ourselves in to the bus and began our quite long ride to Eisenerz. At last we were at the school and our Austrian hosts gave us a warm welcome. We had a nice supper at school and then the host families took us with them home and the teachers went to their hotel. After 20 hours journey it was wonderful to get some sleep!
We woke up early in the morning tired but eager to go towards new adventures. At school we went to classes of our host students and saw how Austrian students work at school. Later we tried to get to know each other by playing games and talking about many things. . After school we spent time with our hosts. We went bowling and in the evening we were sitting in a cafe together. The teachers saw different classes and they worked together with our topic: motivation.
The day was started by workshop: we filmed videos and used spying cameras. Also we did homepages. The common Comenius-team condensed.
After the school day we found our way to Styria’s biggest mountain, Ezberg in Hauly. The view from top of the mountain was wonderful! There was a bus waiting for us and it took us down. After that, we went to the mine which was inside of the mountain. We went there by tramcar. We were there about an hour and we listened about its history.
In the evening we were spending our time together with our hosts either sitting around a campfire or spending time at home. After the movies we went to sleep.
The journey to Graz started early in the morning by bus. Along the way we stopped and went to a medieval castle. There were torture devices, a moat and a vineyard which grew in the hillside. After the little tour we headed back to bus and then to the chocolate factory. We tasted a lot of different chocolates and there were plenty of different flavors: pineapple, raspberry, tequila, fish, etc.
After the chocolate shopping we got a chance to go walking around Graz. There were little groups and everyone went to different parts of the city. Everyone went either shopping, eating or just sightseeing. After a few hours it was time to go back to the bus and Eizenerz.
Spending the last night started in Austrian host house and from there we moved to the town. The memories of the last night were warm but at the same time plaintive. We went to sleep late but it was easy to sleep after the long day.
It was sad to wake up. The packs were packed and then we moved to the school to say goodbye. We listened to a few speeches from local teachers and watched student’s video of the week.
About at nine o’clock we headed back to Vienna. After a few hours we said goodbye to other students and then went to walking around Vienna with Finnish group.
In the evening the flight leaved to Finland. We were back in Huittinen about at 2 o’clock with really good memories.
We were staying with local Comenius students. Our hosts were really provident and nice. Hunger never came because of the local students cared about that all the time.
The week went too fast and we would have been there another week. We have been thinking about another journey back to Austria.