Well, I’ve been in Switzerland for over a month now, and the time has absolutely flown! We had a taste of fall-like weather this morning, and I was thrown into a state of utter bliss thinking about the sights, smells, and experiences of my favorite season…Of course, by lunchtime it was hot again, but at least I had a few hours of autumn daydreaming :)
It has been quite a rollercoaster so far, but overall Switzerland is a fascinating place to live! From meeting a lot of new people to giving a lot of blank, “Sorry, I don’t speak much German” stares, the last 40 days have been non-stop.
Here are a few highlights:
I don't get tired of waking up to sights like this every day :)
English, Irish, Scottish, Canadian, Australian, New Zealander, American, Chinese, Romanian, German, South African, Portuguese, Brazilian, Swiss…
We’ve spent a fair amount of time just trying to decipher what everyone else is saying. Did you know in England that “I haven’t got a scooby” means “I don’t have a clue”? Apparently since Scooby-Doo rhymes with clue, it makes sense, right?
Hiking, biking, traveling, ropes courses, boating, paragliding, bungee jumping, snowboarding, cheese-making, human-sized hamster wheels…yup, I plan on doing it all.
THE BREAD, CHOCOLATE, CHEESE, COFFEE, AND WINE
My breakfast every day (sometimes while running to the bus) has been bakery-bought Swiss bread with strawberry jam and some variety of local Swiss-made cheese.
It hasn’t all been rainbows and butterflies, of course. I miss everyone back home and there are certain things that are taking some getting used to:
Despite those difficulties, Switzerland is awesome and I am having a fantastic time! For those who know me well, you know I can’t possibly complain about living in a cute, quaint little Swiss village surrounded by mountains and chocolate :)
Until next time…
Kelly is an American teacher living in Switzerland and enjoying everything the country has to offer.