Oh, We're Halfway There! (oh, livin' on a prayer)
Trip Start Aug 17, 2010
18Trip End Dec 30, 2010
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Thursday, August 19, 2010
Thursday we woke up and ate a normal Swiss breakfast with fresh baked bread from a bakery. One thing I have noticed about Swiss food, besides the fact that it is delicious, is that it is always fresh. Also, there is cheese at nearly every meal-- breakfast included-- which works out if like me, you love cheese! After breakfast we went to a nearby town to tour a glass factory; there was an explanation of how glass came to Switzerland and you could watch the glassblowers. Next on our itinerary was Engelberg which is a well known skiing/hiking town. The town is in a valley between two mountains and the view was gorgeous; in the background you could even see a glacier on one mountain
On the way back from Engleberg, I marveled at the intelligent design of Swiss roads. Instead of traffic lights there are round-abouts (traffic circles) which are so much more convenient than having red lights every mile! Traffic flows so smoothly everywhere!
When we returned home, Mario's dad and I went on a bike ride around the village. I was reminded so much of upstate New York which I would visit almost every summer when I was little, only the scenery was even better than in New York
Friday, August 20, 2010
Lucerne is the largest city in the area in the province of the same name and on Friday we (Mario, Bea, Alexandra, Ramona, and myself) made the 20 minute drive into the city. First on the agenda for the day was to take a ship ride on the famous Lucerne Lake. The view was wonderful (sense a pattern?), and we were surrounded by mountains. There were very few people on the lake in other boats, and I'm not sure if I have ever seen another lake so calm. After our ride on the ship, we went shopping in Lucerne which is a marvelous old city with very old buildings, yet the beat of the city is very modern featuring the latest clothing shops. I bought a light sweater which has already come in handy while here, but other than that purchase I was able to save my money. For those who are concerned about possible Starbucks withdrawals I may be having, have no fear! For there is a Starbucks in Lucerne, yet I felt no need to go there because the coffee is so good everywhere else
Anyways, enough coffee talk, later that afternoon we left the city and continued home for a special Swiss dinner of Raclette. Raclette is traditionally a winter meal, but it is so fabulous that I had to try it; let me explain. To make Raclette, there is a special cheese heating oven which is set in the middle of the table. You take a slice of delicious cheese and put it on a small plate in the oven and melt it. Then, you either pour the cheese over potatoes or you can eat it plain, either way it is scrumptious. Other things come with the meal as well, we had pineapple, nectarines, and more fresh bread! In other words, Raclette is a cheese lovers dream!
Later that night, Alexandra and I took a bus to Sursee where we met up Mario and some of their friends to go out. It was a very fun experience and the bar was jam packed! We managed to snag a spot outside, where the weather was perfect, and I had the chance to try several popular Swiss drinks, which are about as delicious as the traditional Swiss food. Heads up, if you ever come to Europe I suggest you try a Caipirinha which is very tasty.
If you made it through this entry, congrats! For the future, I am going to try to make them shorter, but we will see how that works.