Who doesn’t love all the girls who aren’t afraid to dream a little bigger? The girls who go out and experience the world to its fullest. It’s been a while since I last published a part of my Women Collecting Memories interview series – but now, the fourth part is finally out! Hurrayy. Read more about Nikoleta’s time in Vienna, Austria where she moved three years ago.
Nikoleta, 17, is studying abroad in Vienna, Austria. She moved there three years ago, and, needless to say, it changed her life. Nikoleta is the founder of the travel blog The Bonfire Dream, which is mainly about travelling in Europe, but slowly expanding to cover travels in Asia, Africa, America and Australia and Oceania.
ABOUT HER TIME IN VIENNA
Where did you go for your study abroad experience? How long have you been there?
I went to Vienna, the capital of Austria and I have been there for 3 years now. I was initially supposed to go back to Bratislava, Slovakia but I was able to stay longer and finish my studies here for which I am endlessly grateful.
What made you choose Vienna as your study abroad location?
Vienna is the ideal city for studying. It has so many opportunities for young and motivated students that I wouldn’t even dare to think of going back home. The city itself provides cultural activities for free or for small fee for students. For example, when I want to go to theater I pay only 60% from the original price. And there is so much more! Besides, learning German is just another wonderful opportunity that I had during my visit.
Name one thing that study abroad-ers MUST do when in Vienna.
Sink into the culture. Learn the language, buy dirndl and lederhose, read books about Vienna, go skiing… Its such a beautiful and rich culture that might give you a headache sometimes but that might also recreate you. You will be another person after this. I promise.
Where have you travelled so far during your time abroad?
Through school alone I travelled to Geneva, Budapest, Bratislava and will travel to Paris or New York (my choice). During my stay in general I made a roadtrip with my mother through Northern Europe (Germany, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania). I travelled to Italy and Czech, to San Marino and Poland. In other words, I travelled a lot!
Has the time abroad changed you? If yes, in what way?
Yes, I did change. For example, I learned three new languages fluently (English, German, French – okay, perhaps French isn’t there yet, but it’s getting there soon!!) and I got passionate about travel (this needs no further comment :P). I found that my heart is huge and everybody can fit there. I started working with charities like Maher, Who am I or Red Cross. I started writing for my school magazine, joined many scientific competitions, or started working as a volunteer for Youth Group supported by UNODC. I feel like I have fitted a life time into my 3 years haha.
Got any advice for students who will be studying abroad soon?
Your studies aren’t that important. Life for the moment. You won’t be there long (most probably). Enjoy the new places, explore, find friends, get wild. Have fun, because nothing else matters. Afterall, school is mainly about that 😉
What (other) travel experience are you most proud of?
In general, I am actually most proud of my road trip to Northern Europe. It was exhausting. We travelled by bus for such a long time, my limbs were numb and I felt like I would never straighten my back again. But it was so worth it. I loved (almost) every single minute I spent there, I got to know what a wonderful person my lovely mother was and I had some of the greatest experiences in my life. I won’t ever forget about it!
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