Anfang Oktober durften wir unsere europäische Freiwillige Ilaria aus Como (Italien) bei uns begrüßen. Ilaria wird das park in-Team 12 Monate im Rahmen des Solidaritätskorps der Europäischen Union unterstützen.
Im folgenen gibt sie uns einen Einblick in ihre ersten Wahrnehmungen von Tirol 🙂
TIROL THROUGH FOREIGN EYES
Today I opened my window when I woke up and I was reflecting about my new lovely hometown.
They say that moving abroad has different phases, the first is the honeymoon phase.
It is described as being filled with excitement and curiosity.
As a person who has lived in a foreign country two times before moving to Austria, I can definitely confirm that feeling of enthusiasm and adventure that comes with moving.
Every ordinary task seems new, sceneries are fresh and the opportunity to discover everything is fascinating.
Nevertheless, every single place holds a unique charme and peculiar taste. It is often hard to describe exactly the sensations that a place is able to communicate. Therefore, I would like to do it through my five senses, so that you can experience Tirol as if you were in my head, through lenses of foreign eyes.
Pure white snow on the mountains surface, illuminated by the sun, makes a perfect contrast with the blue sky.
As much as I am used to see mountains around me since I grew up under the Italian Alps, I am stll amazed by how majestic they look here. Even when the weather is not clear and looks foggy, they have a fantastical glamor.
Autumn, my favourite season,is turning the colours from green to orange,yellow and gold. No better way to mark the succession of the Seasons. Everythig is now evolving.
There is a cute organic bakery, just down the street, couple minutes away from my apartment here in Hall in Tirol. Everytime I pass by, this is what I smell: cloves, fennel seeds, cinnamon and cooked apple.
Except for the sound coming from the skatepark just nearby my apartment, I can hear the bells from the village church, they remind me of home, together with the singing birds in the morning.
Also, If I take a walk in more remote areas I can clearly distinguish the sound of the river flowing. The wind through the leaves of trees, is caressing everything.
Hands down, Tirol to me tastes like chees. Chees and butter. Like a comforting meal when you get home after a long walk . Like a warm, enjoyable soup during a cold winter day. No coincidence one of the best dishes is Spatzle.
Cozy. Warming wool. A homemade, soft sweater that you can wear for a family gathering or a brunch with friends.
I hope I was able to convey my appreciation for this beautiful corner of paradise that is kindly hosting me for the next year. I would not want to be anywhere else right now. I am very grateful for this opportunity .