US EMBASSY VIENNA INVITES STUDENTS OF 8A
(Letizia Colpan, 8A)
A few hours on American territory
The students of 8A and those who have English as an optional subject, were invited by the American embassy in Vienna, organized by Mag.a Anita Maxl.
So, on December 21st we went by train to Vienna and at 11.30 we were very warmly welcomed by Mrs. Muhm, the person responsible for public relations in the US embassy.
The embassy is a huge, quite elegant building with a lot of charm. Before we were allowed to enter American territory, we had to pass a security check, like the ones at the airport, but much stricter. They even controlled our watches! But it was totally worth it, because then we finally stood on American ground. Then another friendly and well-dressed woman guided us through the embassy. It was so exciting. We went in groups of five to a conference room and our guide checked every two to three-seconds to see if everyone was still there. But the strangest thing was that we weren’t allowed to go on our own to the toilet.
When Mrs. Muhm had answered all our questions, Mr. Reinosco- a diplomat who is responsible for the visa expenditure- held a presentation about
“The Everchanging Face of America-Assimilation, Integration, The American Dream-”.
Surprisingly enough it seemed that we had actually forgotten about the planned shopping in Vienna after, as we all asked so many questions about Mr. Reinosco´s job as a diplomat and the embassy itself. Nothing normally sparks such an interest in a class, that they are so amazed and willing to sacrifice their leisure time in Vienna.
After the visit in the embassy, there was only little time for some lunch and some time off where we could go shopping and so on. To sum up, it was an awesome and informative excursion.