The Schilds plans to spend an extra week in Vienna to visit Herbert’s family in Austria. It will be the second time the Schild twins have visited Austria; the first they don’t remember because they were 17 months old.
Needless to say, the twins are very excited.
“For a family of four, it’s really hard to get back,” said Schild. “... I’m very excited for (the twins) to see it and experience it all.”
Schild said she’s most looking forward to “showing my kids part of my husband’s culture, but also part of a beautiful area of Europe that I fell in love with as an exchange student.”
Salzburg is famous as the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and home of the von Trapp family from “The Sound of Music.”
Several scenes from the 1965 film were filmed in and around Salzburg.
It was Schild’s love of “The Sound of Music” that fueled a 250-word essay she wrote to enter last month’s Visit Salzburg contest. Schild “fell in love” with Austria watching the movie as a child, she said.
Contestants were asked to describe what they would do if they had one week to spend with the von Trapp family.
Schild based her essay on the film’s song “Do-Re-Mi,” listing an activity they could do for each note of the scale — from a hike in the mountains to visiting the church where Maria and Capt. von Trapp were married.
Her essay won her a spot as one of 10 finalists, out of a field of 750 entrants.
Leanne Schild works for the Peabody Essex Museum and is active with the Salem Education Foundation and Parents United Salem.
Herbert Schild is a business consultant for EMC.
The Schild twins attend Saltonstall School in Salem.