Arriving in My Home-Away-From-Home

As my mom and I arrived in Graz we were greeted by Sabrina, a student from the University of Graz who I connected with through the Buddy Program. Sabrina drove us from the airport to our hotel. Along the way, she pointed out some shops, restaurants, the opera house, etc.

Top of K&O shopping Centre

The hotel we are staying at is called Park Hotel because it is right across the street from the cities central park. The hotel is beautiful! We have a room on the second floor overlooking the park! We rested at the hotel until 5:30 pm when we met up with Sabrina to go on a walking tour of the main city streets. Some of the highlights:
Rathaus: The new town hall built in the late 19th century
Hauptplatz: The Old Town’s triangular main square surrounded by 17th-century town houses
Landeszeughaus: Old armoury, largest in the world that has been preserved. This collection of weapons is from Austria’s 16th & 17th-century wars
Dom: Beautiful cathedral in the city center
Burg: an impressive double staircase built in 1499

After a walking tour of the city, we stopped at The Office Pub for a beer! Such a nice spot to meet students and socialize. Afterwards, Sabrina took us to one of her favourite restaurants to try some Austrian dishes. Mom tried Schnitzel for the first time!

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Our first day in Graz has been a great one! We are amazed by the beauty of the city! Can’t wait to explore more!

“Everyone should come here at least once in their lifetime, it’s beautiful…” – Mom

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