e-pal: austria

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 March, 2008, 12:00am

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Name Christoph Meysel

Age 17

City Vienna

Vienna has a population of about 1.8 million. Situated on the River Danube, the city is famous for its many cultural attractions, especially the ancient city centre, parts of which are a Unesco world heritage site.

Vienna was home to famous musicians: Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and many others lived and worked there.

My school is called a 'general-education secondary school', so we learn a lot of subjects. In my class, we learn many languages - English, Spanish, Latin and, of course, German.

In some classes, natural sciences are more important. As well as languages, students learn maths, physics, biology, history, geography, music, arts, religion and sport.

In Austrian schools, students are taught to think independently and participate in lessons. We often have to give presentations to the class.

When I hang out with friends we like to play sports. Football is particularly popular in Austria. We also often go to the cinema or just hang out and chat.

I play football nearly every day. Ice hockey and football are my favourite sports because they require a mixture of endurance and technique, and are team sports. I also like mountain biking, inline skating and sailing.

What I like about Austria is the quality of life, the climate, the scenery and its cultural and economic achievements. I'm proud to be part of the European Union as it opens up lots of opportunities for young people. I play the piano and really like it. In contrast to most of my friends, I relate well to classical music.

Christmas and New Year are perhaps the most important festivals in Austria.

I first visited Hong Kong in 2006. I was very impressed by the vibrancy and dynamics of the city.

I especially liked the mix of Chinese culture with international flair. I'm now an AFS exchange student and live with a host family in Tin Hau.