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.)