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Sprachreise New Orleans 2014/15

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6ABE’s trip to New Orleans

Our trip began on March 7 when our group consisting of eleven people in total met at the airport in Vienna. The flights were long and we had to change planes twice but nevertheless we arrived safe and sound. In the entrance hall at Louis Armstrong Airport our host families, who were already waiting for us, surprised us with screaming, clapping and home-made posters. We were overwhelmed with joy and happiness. From the very first moment on they made us feel at home.
On the first real NOLA (standing for New Orleans, Louisiana) day a welcome party was organised for us. We were invited into a huge villa belonging to one of the families and a few girls from our group including Ms. Andrasch wore the traditional Austrian Dirndl.
Every school day we joined the students at The Rosary, Academy of the Sacred Heart for their morning activity. We were delighted to accompany our host sisters to various lessons, to learn about their school system and to get the feel for their attitude towards school.
In addition, we went on several field trips which we had chosen and planned a long time in advance. At first we visited two plantations, Laura Plantation and Oak Alley, where we learned about the living conditions as well as slavery during the 19th century. Next was the swamp tour which was also very impressive due to the fact that we saw a lot of alligators and some remarkable vegetation. The last activity we did together was a bike tour through the French Quarter which is one of the main sights of New Orleans. Riding through the city lead by a tour guide gave us the chance to get to know different neighbourhoods and we compared them to the wealthy area we lived in. 
All in all we really enjoyed our time in New Orleans and are glad we had the opportunity to participate in this exchange. We are lucky to have found new friends across the ocean and hope that these friendships will last forever. We as a group want to thank our host families for their generosity and warmth but especially Prof. Andrasch and Prof. Sainitzer who made this trip unforgettable.
Carina Gaida and Ines Ulz, 6A