After listening to Mr Claude Sinner's lecture in the morning, the symposium participants spent the afternoon on a cruise on Lake Ossiach. It was a splendid afternoon and blazing blue sky. The participants were brought to the lake by their host families or some parent volunteers who were so kind to take those who couldn't be brought by their host families. While waiting for the ship, pictures were taken and some visited the nearby Ossiach Abbey. It is a monastery which dates back to medieval times around 1020. Ossiacher See is the 3rd largest lake in the Austrian state of Carinthia.
At the start, majority of the participants were so excited taking pictures, laughing, sharing jokes and so on. In no time, we all settled to our seats and it did not take long for the emerald green lake and the magnificent mountain to calm and sooth us. The charming villages and towns around the lake were so picturesque making everything a dream-like existence for a long while.
Lake Ossiach is located between Gerlitzen Mountain and the Ossiacher Tauern mountain range. The most interesting aspect for me about this lake is its dimictic nature. A dimicticand holomictic lake, I found out, mixes from the surface to bottom two times a year. At some point during the year, the lake has a uniform temperature and density from top to bottom. When this happens the lake waters; top and bottom, completely mix.
The weather was really splendid the whole time. When we finally left the boat, everyone was quiet and calm.
It was wonderful silence.