Just imagine taking ina new culture in a completely different country with only a basic knowledge of the language. Luckily for Clare, she spent two weeks attending language camp to help her grasp German. Although German is difficult to master, she is improving every day. Her host family and classmates speak a mixture of German and English to help her with conversational skills. Clare’s host grandmother even comes over every Sunday to help her learn the rules of the language. Clare states in her blog that when she ventures out into the city and tries to speak German, she has some trouble, so the natives will automatically speak English with her.
School is a whole new adventure in itself! Clare explains in her blog that her first week of school wasn’t as bad as she had pictured it to be. She is attending a small Catholic school named Friegasse. The class sizes are similar to those at New Haven High. While New Haven started school on August 18th, Clare started on September 1st. She plans to play volleyball, take a dance class, and join a running team. Clare said that she is going to miss basketball games, cross country, her friends, family, and even teachers!
Lucy and Mrs. Roth were asked what they miss the most about their sister and daughter. Lucy and Mrs. Roth both say they miss Clare’s voice; the house is much quieter without her presence. On the other hand, Mrs. Roth doesn’t miss dirty towels on Clare’s bedroom floor. Lucy also says she misses eating broccoli with candles lit and doing homework with her sister. Clare shared the ways of communication to home, “I talk to my family sporadically throughout the week via text, email, and Facebook chat, and I Skype or FaceTime them once a week, usually on Sunday night.” Thankfully, technology has made the distance more bearable.
Clare stated, “I love how I can go from the truly stunning, bustling cities of Vienna to the equally stunning, quiet villages in the mountains.” She has gone from a town with a population of 2,089 people to a city with a population of 1.731 million! Clare commented on this, “There are so many people with different ethnicities all over the city. This means I have an enormous array of food from all over the world at my fingertips.”
Without Clare’s knowledge, a few of her friends were asked to send a message to their international friend. Clare also had a brief message to her friends at home, “I miss you all at school and hope things are going well for you!” In conclusion, Clare is enjoying her time 4,977 miles from home, but New Haven misses her smile in the halls and community. From what Clare describes, she is continuing to grow and learn more in Vienna. What a lucky city to be hosting New Haven’s very own Shamrock! To find out more about Clare’s marvelous adventures, click below read it from her point of view: https://clarerye6060.wordpress.com/ -by Paige Adams