“What´s the craic?“
IWK- und Sprachreise nach Galway (Irland)

The last day of the semester break was the day we had all been waiting for: it was the day when our culture and language trip to Galway began. That Sunday at 9.00 a.m. we – the students of 4AK and our two accompanying teachers – met at Vienna airport to start our adventure. So let´s have a look at everyone´s impressions:

Our Trip to Galway
“We met at Vienna airport at 9.00 a.m. and arrived in Dublin at 2.30 p.m. From there, we went to Galway in a private bus. There our host families waited for us. At 6.00 p.m. we finally ate some delicious dinner.” (Nikola Lekic)

Guided Tour of Galway
“On our second day we had a guided tour of Galway in the afternoon. We started at our school. The guide wasn´t an Irishman, he was a Londoner. We went to Eyre Square, saw the Corrib River and came back via Shop Street. It was very nice and worth seeing.” (Armin Benes)
“We saw the so-called ´Galway Hooker´, which is a statue at Eyre Square. In the past there was a wall around Eyre Square and there were 14 tribes who were really rich. Each tribe had their own symbols that stood for their family. We also walked past the river, which is split in two. We passed by the Court House. The jobs you can take there are garda (police), lawyer and judge. What I found the most interesting was the story of a man who travelled around with a boat and got captured near Morocco and was made into a slave. A goldsmith bought him and asked him if he wanted to marry the goldsmith´s daughter. The man declined the offer and asked for his freedom instead of the marriage because he already had a family in Ireland. In the end he got his freedom back and returned to Ireland.” (Saranya Thonhauser)

Irish Dancing
“On Wednesday evening our group and the Italian group had Irish Dancing lessons. It was a fun activity that most of the students liked, including me. At first we couldn´t come up with the moves but in the end we somehow managed to dance. I guess the round dance was our favourite, because everyone laughed and had fun as a group.” (Beyza Boylu)
“On Tuesday evening we learnt some traditional Irish dance moves. It was very fun and interesting. For people like me, who aren´t into dancing, it was very difficult. The best part of this evening was when we all ran into the middle during the round dance, all of us screaming.” (Nils Hosemann)

Our Trip to the Cliffs of Moher
“On Wednesday we went to the Cliffs of Moher. Our bus ride there took us two hours. On the way there our bus driver told us many interesting stories and the landscape was wonderful. When we arrived at the cliffs, we took many pictures. The view was amazing. In my opinion, this was the best excursion of the week.” (Jasmin Falk)
“The best part of our trip was the trip to the Cliffs of Moher. We went there by bus which took us two hours. When we arrived, it was really windy and cold. I was almost blown away by the strong wind. We saw the cliffs and they were breathtaking. We took a lot of pictures and made some good memories. All in all, it was a wonderful week and I would like to visit Ireland again in the future.” (Yanyu Ji)

Our Host Families
“My host family lives in a small house in White Oaks, Knocknacarra, which is about 30 minutes away from the city centre of Galway. They have five adult children, four daughters and one son. In the living room they keep their puppy. My host mother bought it for my host father because he was so sad when his last dog died.” (Sonja Lechner)
“The host family was very friendly and we talked about Vienna and Galway with them. They even drove us to the city centre on the first evening to show us the best places. Their sons were very lovely to us, too.” (Nikola Lekic)

Our Language School
“Starting on Monday we went to school every day. The facilities were very modern. There were a lot of classrooms and a big canteen with lots of choice. We learnt a lot of English grammar at this school, like the relative clauses and the gerund. We also played a lot of different games, which helped us to improve our English vocabulary. We always learnt new things, so it was never boring. The teachers were all very nice and hilarious. I especially liked Aimee because she was the most relaxed and nicest teacher we had there. I think she also liked our group the most. Aoife on the other hand was more serious and strict. All in all, we had an amazing week here in Galway, so I would definitely recommend it to my friends. I learnt a lot about Irish culture and now I feel closer to Ireland.” (Jennifer Jiang)
“Galway is a very beautiful place. The buildings are colourful. In the language school, we learned a lot about Irish culture and played many different games which were very fun. At the same time we improved our English. The teachers here were really nice and friendly. I especially liked Aimee, we had an amazing time with her.” (Yanyu Ji)

Further Impressions
“Galway is a really lovely city in Ireland. Everyone will fall in love with it not just because of their little cute shops in the city centre, but also for the really kind people who live there. We had an exciting program. One of my favourite parts was when we went to the Cliffs of Moher because the view was stunning.” (Isabella Tesar)
“The people were really friendly and kind. I also liked the excursion to the Cliffs of Moher. Irish dancing was really fun and interesting, too.” (Ece Cengiz)