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All blog posts are by University of Michigan students who have participated in a CGIS program. The following blogs are students studying abroad in Vienna, Austria.
Spring/Summer 2018 Blogs
Aarel reflects on her time in Vienna
I am both excited and nervous about going abroad. I have never been on an airplane before, so that’s one obstacle that I have to overcome to even get to the place. I’ve spent a lot of time looking up stuff about what it’s like to be on an airplane and asking people too, so I have concluded that I should most likely be fine! I think even though it may be a little scary, seeing the world from so high up should actually be kind of cool.
Kaleigh's Vienna journals
When I first arrived to the airport in Detroit, I was definitely excited, but also more nervous than I had anticipated. Although I have flown by myself multiple times before, I knew that flying abroad and being in a different country would be a unique experience. I generally had no issues during my flight from Detroit to Amsterdam. My nerves did prevent me from sleeping, but I was surprised by how comfortable the aircraft was and how friendly many of the staff were that I encountered. Luckily, my plane from Detroit landed early and I was able to make my short connecting flight in Amsterdam. As I stepped foot in this airport, I immediately knew I was in a different country. It was a bit overwhelming to be surrounded by people speaking foreign languages and to see signs that were not translated in English.
Emily reflects on her spring term in Vienna
Today we arrived in Vienna! It took a long time to get here, and I’m currently exhausted, but I am also very excited for the next 3 weeks. Before driving to the airport yesterday afternoon, I realized that I left my debit card in Ann Arbor the night before the flight, so I had to rush to the bank to get a new one just in case I needed it. The group of us flying out of DTW met up at the airport and went through security together. Before the flight took off, I got some McDonalds as a farewell to America (but more so because it was very close to our gate!). Then we had a long flight to layover in Amsterdam. Unfortunately, I have a ton of trouble sleeping on planes or vehicles, so I didn’t get a second of sleep on the flight. I did, however, watch several movies I had wanted to see. Amsterdam looked gorgeous even from the plane; I really want to visit the Netherlands too, and was sad I didn’t get to explore while I was there.