By Roxanne McKnight
Some people dream of a European vacation, but one European fulfilled his dream of visiting the United States by making an extended visit to Mexia.
Seventeen-year-old Jakob Aigner, of Austria, has spent the last 10 months in Mexia as an exchange student, learning for himself what living in the United States is like.
Two years ago, the teen hadn’t even considered leaving his hometown of Riedau in northern Austria, but around December 2011, one of his friends told Jakob of his trip to Florida and how much he had enjoyed it.
Jakob began to want to travel to the United States himself and enjoy some of the things his friend had described.
Jakob’s father helped his son complete the application to become a Rotary Club exchange student, and in August 2012 the young man found himself stepping onto a plane and leaving behind his parents, Christian and Elizabeth Aigner, and brothers, Lucas, 22, and Niklas, 11.