This week I took my very first trip to Switzerland. I traveled through an organized program called Bus2Alps that took us to Interlaken, a town in Switzerland. From Interlaken, we were able to sign up for various activities throughout the weekend.
We arrived at 3:00 in the morning, so we quickly got situated in the hostel that we were staying in and went to bed. Unfortunately the hostel consisted of many students from all around the world and had a nightclub attached to it so there was constant noise throughout the hallways. I was hardly able to sleep for three nights. I guess you could say the thing I was looking forward to the most was coming back to my quiet apartment in Barcelona.
When we awoke mid morning on Friday, We had breakfast across the street and met up with a few friends who went skydiving in the morning. It was so nice to see some of them because we are studying abroad in different countries. After catching up with them, we took an hour walk to a beautiful lake in Interlaken called Brienz. There, I had my friend take blog pictures of me for my fashion blog. We hung out there for a while, just relaxing, capturing pictures and taking in the beautiful scenery of the amazing lake and mountains that surround it.
We decided to rest our legs and went to a nice restaurant where I tried my first famous Switzerland dish called Rösti. This dish consists of small pieces of potatoes that are cooked on a frying pan with cheese and a sunny side egg on top. However, because I had three more dishes of Rösti throughout the weekend I learned that you are able to add vegetables or whatever else you want to mix in. I was pleasantly surprised by the food in Switzerland; I went with very low expectations. I am fan of cheese and potatoes, so to my surprise I enjoyed the meals!
Later that evening, my friends and I went to a chocolate workshop that was offered through my trip advisor. I have never made my own chocolate before, but it was a delicious and fun treat! The class took place in a small chocolate store where there was a large table, which we all had room to stand around and listen to the guide who was teaching us how to cool down our chocolate. I learned a little about coco and within 30 years chocolate will be just as expensive as caviar. It was a fun activity to do with my friends and I enjoyed decorating and adding toppings to the chocolate bars I was making.
Day two, (Saturday) I woke up early to get a full day on the mountain. I signed up for beginners skiing lessons with a few of my close friends who are abroad in Italy. I have been skiing since I was a young girl, but ever since I got into a ski accident in 8th grade, I continue to have a lot of fear each time I ski. Saturday was a beautiful day and even though it took a full hour for me to get comfortable on my skis and back in the groove, I was flying down intermediate mountains by the end of the day. It was nice that I had two friends that were more advanced than me and three that were complete beginners, I was able to do a little skiing with both groups. The view was absolutely breathtaking and as I was skiing I almost felt like I was going through the clouds. I don’t think I have ever seen anything so beautiful. Even though it was an expensive activity because I had to rent all of the gear, it was 100% worth every penny. Come on, not everyone has the opportunity to go skiing in the Swiss Alps!
That night, I had dinner with both of my Barcelona friends and my close friends from university in Miami and it was so nice to have everyone together. I am really happy that they all were able to get along and enjoy each other’s company. Our last day I had fondue with my roommates before we left for the two and a half hour bus ride to Geneva. Sunday was mostly a relaxing day because I was still sore from skiing but it was nice to finally get back to Barcelona after a long weekend away.
I don’t know when the next time will be to have the opportunity to travel to Switzerland, but I am glad that I was able to do it now while I am young and can travel with close friends. If I go back again within the next 15 years, I would love to try paragliding.