WAIT, WE ARE IN AUSTRIA: DISCOVERING IMST AND THE REGION
After several days of mental challenges - we had quite a different experience today. We started off the day by signing up for different options for the morning session: seeing the Red Cross movement, participating in a sustainability walk and and seeing the Imst Integration Office or getting an insight to social entrepreneurship.
After all these exciting activities and inspiring talks about e.g. the consuming society or the integration of refugees in Austria, we had a takeaway lunch in the city centre. Then, we embarked on a challenging hike in the Tyrolean mountains surrounding Imst. Though it was tiring it felt good to do something physically demanding for a change. We spent about an hour at a lake where the team could swim and play volleyball. Afterwards, we took the chairlift to the top of the mountain, and the Alpine scenery left us nothing but astonished. The route downhill was even more exciting since we did it on the longest Alpine coaster in the world - which happens to be in Imst.
" The route downhill was even more exciting since we did it on the longest Alpine coaster in the world - which happens to be in Imst. "
We ended the day with the Austrian evening where we reflected on the great inequalities people have to face everyday in the state of Austria, even if it doesn’t immediately appear to be that way. After that, we moved on to more well known Austrian cultural characteristics. We got to try the Austrian drink Almdudler as well as the famous Mannerschnitten. We even learned the basic steps of the Waltz, right after we got introduced to what yodeling is. The highlight of the evening was when we got surprised by a giant original Sacher cake. Meeting of the Umbrella Groups wrapped this day up at last.
To sum it all up, it was a pleasantly tiring day that we really enjoyed and needed. Everyone had a great time, and the 24th of July definitely lived up to the quality that the other days of this amazing Short Course had established.
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