Last weekend I was fortunate enough to travel to Zurich, Switzerland with my 4 roommates. It was my first trip of the semester and it could not have been more perfect. One of my roommates here in Spain has a family friend who currently lives in Zurich. She offered to host all 5 of us girls for the long weekend. Her home was beautiful, located right on Lake Zurich. The views from our bedroom window were spectacular. We all kept pinching ourselves asking if this was even real life! The family was so hospitable and generous. She left swiss chocolates on our pillows and greeted us with champagne upon our arrival. She also cooked Roclet, a traditional swiss meal, that was delicious! All of this generosity was very much appreciated as Switzerland is a very expensive country and being college students every penny counts!
Our first full day in Switzerland we took the train from Zurich to Lucerne. I was informed form countless people that if I was going to Switzerland, Lucerne was not to be missed. We were also told that Mt. Pilatus was a must do. We ended up buying a package deal that included the train, bus and gondola ride up to the mountain top and then the return back to Zurich. The entire excursion cost a pretty penny, 95 swiss franks (about the same in Euros), but let me tell you, every penny was worth the experience.
We took the train to Lucerne, where we got off and caught a bus to the town where Mt. Pilatus was located. We then walked about 10 minutes to get to the Gondola station. We got on the Gondola and began our ascend to the top. We went through 2 little stations where we then got off and got on a huge gondola to get to the tipidy top, the entire ride taking about 30 minutes. We thought the views at the bottom were spectacular but let me tell you, the views, once we got to the top were breath taking. The feeling was indescribable, we were literally and figuratively on top of the world. We spent probably 2 hours up there because the views were just so beautiful and we didn’t want to come back down. Photos don’t even do these views justice. We ate our packed lunch up there, watching the skiers make their way through the powdery snow. Once we finished lunch we figured we probably should head back down the mountain so that we could spend a few hours exploring the town of Lucerne.
In Lucerne we walked around exploring all the little side roads, churches, public squares and covered bridges. The little town was so picturesque and reminded me of a town from a fairytale. We kept saying that it looked very much like the town in the movie Frozen. I can’t even tell you how many photos we snapped that day! Once the sun began to set we took the train back to Zurich, ate dinner and hit the hay as we were very tired from an action packed day.
The next morning we slept in a little, then took the bus into downtown Zurich where we took a free english walking tour of Zurich. It was very interesting learning about the history and culture of Zurich. After the tour was over we paid to climb to the top the bell tower of one of the churches and got beautiful views of the city! We then grabbed lunch, explored the universities surrounding Zurich, one of them being one of the hardest Universities in the world. We bought some pastries and then made our way back to the house to eat dinner and head out to the bar for the night. We ended up at an Australian bar (ironic because we were in Switzerland) and had a fun night just hanging out in one of the booths.
It was a fabulous trip full of amazing and fun memories. My roommates and I joke that we set the bar a little too high our first trip but each place we go will be unique and special in its own way! This weekend is what study abroad is all about, and it really made me count my blessings that I am able to experience the world and grow as person through these crazy amazing adventures!
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