'Cause I'm Leaving On a Jet Plane...

Trip Start Aug 17, 2010
Trip End Dec 30, 2010

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Allo, greetings from Switzerland! 

Well, about 22 hours ago I was waiting to board my flight at the airport in Columbia, SC and some 15 hours later I arrived in Zurich, Switzerland.  Teary goodbyes were said to both my mom and dad, I had no idea I would be so emotional until right then.  It was like all at once I realized I was really not going to be back home for four months, whether I liked it or not.  I will be missing my birthday and Chirstmas, along with both my parents' birthdays and my brother's birthday and just about every event at PC fall semester. I have known these facts for awhile, but when it came time to say goodbye, I think everything hit me at once.  Don't get me wrong, I am pumped to be here, I guess I was just getting a little weepy.  However, as soon as I passed through security I remembered that I was in for the adventure of a lifetime. 

Perhaps the most nervewracking moments of the weeks before my trip were when I thought of the flights; see, when it comes to flying, I can be a big baby, and this trip is the first time I am flying alone.  This nervousness was not helped by seeing my plane from Columbia to Charlotte, a plane that looked like it could be knocked out of the air by a rather large bird.  I did manage to pull it together and calm down when the plane took off for the 30 min flight to Charlotte.  After about an hour layover in Charlotte and a quick last Starbucks run--and yes, I realize everyone that knows me is rolling their eyes right now-- I boarded the 8 hour flight to Frankfurt, Germany.  On the flight to Frankfurt I was much more relaxed (perhaps because the plane looked like it could withstand some strong wind) and managed to get in a rough sleep for most of the flight.  I was even lucky enough to spread out to sleep because there was no one in the seat next to me.  For the majority of the flight the shades on the plane were closed, though, when I woke up I managed to sneak a couple of peeks out of the window, it was amazing at night/early morning to see the stars from so high with no clouds.  An even sweeter sight than the stars was at sunrise when the sun started to rise over the clouds tinting the sky with an amazing orange hue (a picture will be attached).  My flight landed a little under an hour early in Frankfurt, which worked out well because it gave me plentz of time to breeze through customs, get my boarding pass for my last flight, and to walk (what felt like) the length of the Frankfurt Airport.  After another quick layover, I jumped onto the last quick leg of my trip to Zurich, Switzerland.  The flight only lasted about an hour, and once we landed I nearly jogged to the baggage claim.  Luckily, no bags were lost during my trip and I was able to finally see Mario, his mom, and two sisters. 

After a quick afternoon nap and lunch; Mario, his mom Bea, Alexandra, Ramona, and I went into the next town over so that Mario could get a haircut, and so I could see the older part of town.  We walked around the town for awhile, and it was so quaint!  The architecture on all of the buildings was amazing; apparently, some of the houses and buildings are over 100 years old.  While Mario had his hair cut his mom, Alexandra, and I (Romona was dropped off at a friend's house) chatted at a caffe and had some coffee where Mario's dad met us.  Obviously, if you know anything about me, you know this was pretty much a perfect afternoon; touring an old town in Europe and ending the tour with a long chat over a couple of wonderful cups of coffee.  When Mario was done getting his hair cut, we continued to tour a bit more of the town and went into this old ornate Catholic church.  The decoration in this church was amazing!  Everything was embellished with gold and marble, and the pipe organ was huge!  After I was done marveling and taking pictures in the church, we headed back to the car and then back to the house where I have been blogging to fight off sleep.  I do not know how much longer I can go before I crash; college has prepared me well, but perhaps not well enough.  Anyways, enough writing now, I will try to keep updating while everything is fresh.  As always, comment and let me know you are following.


(As before, I'm typing on a Swiss computer; therefore, I blame all spelling mistakes on the combination of that fact, a lack of sleep, and the lack of spell check on the computer.)
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natalie Heath on

this sounds wonderful! i miss you but am glad you are loving it already. xoxo!

biggest fan caroline on

Can I just say: "I'm so jealous." ?
I'm glad to hear you are there safely and already having a fabulous time there. My room here at PC is finally in order. I literally just finished putting the drawers back in my desk thing before I read your blog. I miss you and wish you were still here! But never fear, Ampi is on my bed to comfort me. chloe doesn't understand the love we have for him. and your futon is already attacking people's legs. haha. Bet you don't miss that. How many hours off are you from us?

Daddy on

Very cool. I love those photos, especially the organ.

your favorite hannah on

AHHH JEALOUS! the pictures are so cool! i might have to drop out of clemson and come join you, i'm sure my family would be okay with that.

lacynoel on

Natalie-- I miss my travel buddies!! You would love it here, though, moreso than China.

Caroline-- You won't be as jealous once you visit Spain. Also, I'm not sure anyone will appreciate Ampi as much as you and me.

Daddy-- Knew you would love those pictures!

G Brazill on

I know you are having a wonderful time. I miss you soooooo much. WE only have 22 students right now. I have already told them about you. They can't wait to meet you. :) Have Fun!

Mama on

Awesome blog and pictures! Now I don't feel like you are so far away. I will still miss you but have a great adventure. Keep writing pleaseeeeeeeeeee! Thanks and love u more! :)

Christine on

I loved all the pictures, and my comments begin!!! have much and i can't wait to hear all your stories, remember there will be a skype date in the future!! Have fun girl, miss you already =)

Shelley Whitehead on

ahhhhh!!! i've been here!!! i've got some good memories--and i know you're making your own memories! we're working hard here at PC to get this service day up and running and we are certainly missing you--don't have too much fun without us! we'll be patiently awaiting your return!!! be careful and safe travels!


you know me too well...i totally rolled my eyes when you mentioned your last stabucks escapade :) i miss you lac! glad you got there safe, now all there is left to do is get arrested abroad haha i better be your one phone call!!!!

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