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Swiss-tastic!

In Uncategorized on May 17, 2014 at 7:52 am

Well, the time has come that I am on vacation! Hooray!! My contract on the Carnival Imagination was fabulous and amazing but I am definitely happy to be on a little break. For vacation, I and some friends have been planning an epic adventure since January. Emma and Saffie are two of my very favorite people ever and we are so excited to be spending some time together in Europe!! They are both residing in England so that was our meeting point. Having spent so much time in Europe on the Legend, I had an idea of where I wanted to go and what I wanted to see again. So we it our heads together and came up with a fabulous vacation. The first leg of our journey, Emma and I went to Switzerland. My very dear friend Deb who used to be my roommate is currently living just outside of Zurich so we stayed with her. First of all it was fabulous to have a chance to catch up and re-connect with Deb. I had seen her last year, she came to Amsterdam to meet me when the ship was in, but that was definitely not enough time.

Switzerland is an amazing country. I really loved it. It’s so clean and peaceful and the people are friendly. The Alps are absolutely breathtaking. During our visit, we went up Pilatus, which is a mountain just outside of Luzern. There is a train that sits on an almost 90 degree angle that takes you up the mountain. We had planned to hike up it, however that takes 5 hours and we had ended up sleeping in that morning. So up the train we went. There’s a lovely little restaurant up at the top and a short jaunt to the peak from there. The mountain was stunning. They remind me a little bit of the Rockies. I would love to go back for longer and hike up more mountains!!

After descending Pilatus, we visited the city of Luzern, which is exactly what I expected a Swiss city to look like. From the cobblestone streets to the architecture, to the famous old wooden bridge, to the majestic alps in the background, Luzerne is perfection.

In the evenings, we sat around eating fresh Swiss cheeses, fruits, and meats, drinking wine and enjoying each others company. Emma and I enjoyed learning some Swiss-German, and playing with Deb’s new kittens.

In the mornings, I went for runs up the closest mountain to the house, an epic stair run with gorgeous views from the top. Switzerland is lovely. I would love to get a job in a hotel there and live there for a bit, since I speak French, that would hopefully make it easier to find such a job. As far as places to live on land go, Switzerland just made the short list!!

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