Name: Benedek Nagy Age: 17 Country/City: Austria, Vienna School name: BRG BORG Gerasdorferstrasse Star sign: Libra What I like most about my country is the fact that a great amount of its culture has been preserved. The people are also very patriotic, as they have an immense connection to their country. But they are also welcoming and open. Austrians care very much about the environment and thus enjoy every minute they spend in the mountains. My favourite sports are cycling and hiking, although I do them for pleasure and not on a regular basis. My hobbies change regularly. Daydreaming, cycling, sleeping, going to the opera, playing with my little sister, experimenting with my computer and discovering new music are among my favourite ways to spend time. When I'm with friends, we usually go bike riding, watch movies, play chess or sometimes just chat to exchange thoughts. Austrian people like to go abroad in the summer, particularly to countries with beaches, such as Italy and Spain. For winter holidays, we usually go for skiing. Winter in Austria is cold, with temperatures between minus 10 degrees Celsius and five degrees. There is also snowfall and strong winds. Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev is the person I admire most, due to his music, personality, and the way he mastered life during some of the most difficult times in the early 20th century. I'm currently studying arts, biology, English, French, geography, German, history, math, music and physical education. My time is far too valuable to be spent doing homework, so I keep it to a minimum. I'll usually study for a test the night before. I don't have any pets, although I've begged my parents for one. They probably don't like the idea of feeding an animal, in addition to my three siblings and me. I don't care too much for fashion. Most of my clothes were given as Christmas or birthday presents. Their main purpose is to protect me and keep my body warm, not to show off. Besides Austria National Day on October 26, which is rather political, Christmas and Easter are the country's most important holidays. We celebrate Christmas by putting up a Christmas tree in the house and on Christmas Eve, we'll find presents under it. Children like Christmas very much, as they believe the newborn Christ child put the presents under the tree. I'm an exchange student from AFS Intercultural Exchanges and am staying in Hong Kong until July. If you want to make friends with teens from other countries, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org . Young Post will forward all e-mails to Benedek.