Destinations, Europe, Switzerland

Happy Euroversary

I can’t believe it’s been one year from today since I’ve traveled to Europe for the first time, landing in the beautiful Geneva, Switzerland at 9:00 am, delirious form the time change and stiff from the eight-hour flight. I can’t believe it’s been a year since I first saw the strangers on my plane and wondered how on earth 22 girls were going to get along for five weeks. I can’t believe it’s been a year since my travel partner in crime and I moved into our tiny dorm that overlooked the Swiss Alps and took our first of 10,000 pictures of the trip. I had no idea what was to come – the language barriers, the blurry nights, the almost lost Eurail pass, the accidental 12 day cruise, the broken luggage, the countless bottles of wine, the incredible memories, and even more incredible friends.

It wasn’t my first time studying abroad, so I was aware of the indescribable journey we were about to embark on together, but as I’ve stated in a previous post, it’s different with every group. And definitely was going to be different in Europe.

I’m so grateful for choosing the Switzerland program. It’s sheer beauty and quaintness in our small town made us feel apart of the community, at least for a fleeting moment.

It’s all still missed, and all still thoroughly remembered fondly. I miss everyone from Village Camps, from FSU IP’s leaders, especially Cynthia, Coach and Elizabeth, from Top Pub, where we danced on tables when DJ Pancake was “spinning”, from the Co-Op, where we purchased the cheapest fine wine, and most importantly, the students who made the program as special as it was.

And for just a true #ThrowbackThursday, here is the list of Top 10 Things We’ll Miss About Switzerland I posted right after we left.


10.) Snow in June

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But really… It’s June. Why is this the view from my room? Why do I have to wear multiple layers of clothes just to get to dinner?

9.) The beautiful hikes through the Swiss Alps

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The fact that this view was right out front of where we lived still amazes me.

8.) The refreshing water we could drink straight out of this:

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After that quarter of a mile hike up from our dorms to the bar, this is what we all felt like doing. This water was so refreshing, so cold. I would do anything to be able to have one more sip of this water.

7.) Blasting 8tracks playlists every second of the day.

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Have we listened to the same playlist for 5 weeks straight? I DON’T CARE. I LOVE IT.

6.) Wine Festivals

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Oh, it’s just a tasting? How about you just fill up the whole glass… again.

5.) Chocolate. Swiss Chocolate.
We were chocolate fiends like, “OMG where did my chocolate bar go? Did someone steal it?”
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But then we would find it, and it’s like:
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4.) Alcohol being cheaper than water.

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Water bottle: 4 euro. Pitcher of sangria: 3 euro. You do the math.

3.) Beautiful men with beautiful accents. 

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Everything is better with an accent.


2.) Leysin Nightlife.
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Yes, there were only 3 bars. And yes, we ran every bar we went to.

AND NUMBER ONE GOES TO:

1.) Village Camps Tuna.

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“I tried to think of all the things I would miss about Leysin, and I wrote down the tuna… That’s all I wrote down.” -Katelyn.
Don’t judge us. It was really good.

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