- Arrived at Dulles 3:16 pm and realized I forgot my hiking backpack filled with important belongings
- Went through check in, realized both my bags were 7 pounds over weight and had to shuffle items around and take out a few things which I had to leave behind :(
- Went through security and took one of the new trains over to the terminal - all by myself! (first time ever)
- Waited for our flight and sort of lost track of time from then until now... but we all got settled on the plane, took an 8 hour flight over and landed in Zurich, Switzerland! This had to have been at around 4 am, but it was 10 am Euro time and we had a full day ahead.
We next took a 3 hour bus ride from Zurich to Lugano - and were here!
We had the best lasagna I've ever had in my life for lunch soon after arriving. What a great taste of what is to come. Bringberg decided to give us a tour of the city after lunch, and we made our way to the L'Universita della Svizzera Italiana, our school for the next four months. We were then instructed to find our way home, which we did pretty easily (walk straight ahead until you see the lake, then turn right and keep going until you're home).
There are no words to describe how beautiful this city is. The town right by where we live is so "charming" as Ashley described it, with the cutest little restaurants, shops, and stands you have ever seen. There are white Christmas lights everywhere. Everything looks so homemade and organic. Nothing manufactured, or standardized by a machine. Fresh tomato and mozzarella panini's, bright, colorful fruit stands, meat hanging in stores from ceilings, flower shops, upscale fashion stores, palm trees everywhere - looks like the opening scene of Beauty and the Beast (minus the palm trees). It is all unique and unlike anything I have ever experienced. I am so lucky to be here.
The weather today was nice with a raining mist spritzing ever so slightly, and it is gorgeous - I cannot even imagine what it will be like on a sunny day. I am in love.
Ashley and I got the best room in the house - lucky #13. Really though, we are the only ones with our own bathroom and shower - just for the two of us! Our view is nothing but palm trees and other little pink surrounding Montarina buildings.
We are all settled in and unpacked and looking forward for what tomorrow will bring!
As for now, we will lay in our cozy twin beds, with our twin Macbooks, figuring out how to change everything back to English, until we fall fast asleep. Listening to "Once In A Lifetime" by Talking Heads.