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Neuberg Highlanders End Season 3rd Nationally


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My final Goodbye

This will be my final blog as I am back home now. We ended the season in Second place in our league and third place in nationals. I have had the most fun traveling and playing the sport that I love so much. After beating the Sabers and getting the silver medal, our team was on a high and rolled into nationals like we had it in the bag. We were taken by surprise and the outcome was not what we had hoped. I played my hardest in these last 4 playoff games with 9 goals to show for it. We clinched the bronze and our team and management were very happy with that effort. In our final weeks we were able to really enjoy Austria and mostly, Vienna. Vienna is beautiful and the weather out there is perfect. Usually Austria is freezing with a ton of snow at this time, but it was sunny and fairly warm.  One trip to Vienna we got to skate on its outside skating rinks. But there were not only skating rinks, they turned the sidewalks into real skating paths too. It was so much fun and amazing to see. In the final week we had a night out with the team in Vienna followed by karnival. This is when everyone dresses up as crazy as they can and party for 3 days straight. What a sight to see in Vienna and then in our own town. 

I’ve been to Italy; Venice, St. Marco , and Rome where we saw the Vatican , took a tour of the Colosseum, tossed coins in the Trevi fountain , saw the Pantheon , explored the Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Basillica, and the Spanish Steps. Then to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, Musee de Luvre, Palace of Versailles, Notre Dame Catherdral, Arc de Triomphe, Avenue des Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde, and Pont Neuf. Then to Budapest, where we went to the hot springs, Chain Bridge, Fishermans Bastian, Buda Castle, and the Hungarian Parliament building. I was also able to play hockey in many amazing places like Hungary, Italy, and Slovenia.

My time in Austria was more than I could ever of imagined. I got see the most beautiful places in the world, my family got to share my experience, I was able to play the sport I love against other countries, and I got to finish as the leading scorer of my team .A huge Thank You to Margaret our manager for being the best Austrian mom to us and helping us with whatever we needed. Austria has been great to me. I haven’t decided on a second season or not but I will keep you posted. The real world might be calling my name. My major was Media studies and my minor was sports studies, but I would LOVE to coach! So those are my future plans and if anyone has any suggestions let me know!!

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