Monday the 22nd of January to Wednesday the 24th of January were our last three days of official study at the university in Graz, these three days were jam packed with activities including our group presentations and exam which most of us were glad to have completed by the end. The last day of official study come around surprisingly quick which was somewhat bitter sweet as we all had enjoyed our experience and did not really want it to end.
Thursday the 25th of January was our last day of excursions organised for us to explore the culture of Graz in more depth, our first visit was to the Styrian Armoury where we met our tour guide and were given a private tour through the four levels of the amazing Styrian weaponary and armour on display.
After the armoury we had some time to explore together so we decided to finally try the famous ‘Sacher Torte’ cake and take one more trip up the Schlossberg hill in the gondola to take in the surrounding views and famous clock tower one more time.
From here we then visited the Neue Galerie to view and explore the Shirin Nishat exhibition, the exhibition addresses two reoccurring themes, the role of women in Iran, the traumatic impact of experiences which can shape a woman for the rest of her life and how women find themselves in society. To end our long day we all went out for dinner with our professors and university organisers to say farewell and enjoy our last night as a whole group, dinner was delicious and we all went home feeling full and happy.
Fridaythe 26th of January was everyones last full day in Graz so most ventured off again to explore more of Graz or organise their suitcases. At night a group of us all went to the Ice hockey to watch the Graz 99ers verse the Salzburg Redbulls, the game was great to watch even with German commentary and even though Graz lost, the outing was a great way to end our last night.
Saturday the 27th of January was a sad day as everyone was beginning to leave Graz and move onto either more travel or back home to Australia. Throughout this amazing I can say for myself that I have had an incredible time and have enjoyed every minute of it, I have made some life long friends and learnt so much about the Austrian inclusive educational model. As a whole I am sure I can say that we are all greatly appreciative of the time and effort the university professors and organisers all put in to deliver us an engaging program for us all which we will be forever grateful for.
"This experience changed me, as I came back much more confident in my ability to face challenges. I faced many fears on my exchange, such as my fear of heights when I went on a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon or my fear of flying through my many plane rides, and I am now much more confident in my choices and willing to face my fears head-on. And I would definitely do it all over again!"