Sunday, October 11

Milan and Dijon

Hello Everyone!!
I just got back from an incredible weekend in Milan, Italy and Dijon, France.  On Friday we went to Milan for the day because it is only a quick 3 hour train ride away.  We went to the Duomo cathedral and it was absolutely amazing.  So gigantic and gorgeous.  We toured around that part of the city for quite some time and had lunch at a nice Italian cafe.  Afterward we went to the main square where we had pigeons flying all over us and landing on our arms.  It was quite scary but really awesome at the same time.  We were only in Milan for a short time but we decided to go back to Lausanne Friday night to save money and to go to the concert in Dijon. 

On Saturday I went early to Dijon, France with a few of my girlfriends to hangout in the city and to go to the concert,  I absolutely loved Dijon.  It was such an awesome city.  It is the home of mustard and burgundy wines.  We were surrounded by mustard and wine!! Also in the city there is an amazing Notre Dame catehdral and a Palace where the Ducs used to live.  Dijon is one of the oldest mid evil towns in Europe.  It was so cute with the cobblestone streets and Gothic architecture.  At night we went to the most amazing concert i've ever been to.  I can easily say is was one of the best nights of my life.  We saw David Guetta who is a pioneer DJ of french house music.  He is considered to be the 5th best DJ in the world.  The concert was at a venue called "Le Chat Noir" (The black cat).  There were HUNDREDS of people everywhere-so hot and sweaty but truly a night I will remember for the rest of my life.  I danced from 11 pm-6 am straight (not exaggerating) with one water break.  I was in my own world.  It was so so so incredible.  You tube his music!! It's life changing.  After we danced until 6 am we got on a 6:30 am train back to Lausanne and miraculously made it back without missing our train stops and connections. 

I truly had an incredible weekend full of adventure and fabulous stories.  I am leaving for Corsica on Tuesday with my school.  We are going for 1 week.  I am so excited.  I will keep in touch!

Hope all is well

Thursday, October 8

Travel Plans!

I am off to Milan and Dijon, France this weekend!! Where they make the mustard! We are going to a really fun concert in Dijon (David Guetta) house music..will be super fun! I will post pictures on Sunday!

Tuesday, October 6

London, Munich, and Salzburg!

Bonsoir Mes Amis!
Sorry I have not updated my blog as often as I should but I have been extremely busy with school and traveling.  School is now in full force and I already have tests, papers, presentations, and projects.  So far all of my classes are going well and they are enjoyable.  Switzerland is so absolutely beautiful and I am loving my house/room/roommate/everything. I could not be happier.

These past few weekends have been awesome.  I went to London a few weekends ago and I stayed in the Pepperdine University house in London.  It was so beautiful (right across the street from Hyde Park).  My two best girlfriends from Pepperdine in Malibu are studying abroad in London so it was awesome to see them and to spend the weekend with them.  It was also my friend Azzurra's birthday.  She is one of my two best friends from Malibu and we had a great birthday weekend! We had a picnic in Hyde Park and explored the city via boat on the river.  I love London and would love to go back.  The only thing I did not like about London was the transportation system-it is hectic and overwhelming!

Last weekend we went to Oktoberfest in Munich and then continued on to Salzburg, Austria.  Oktoberfest of course, was a blast.  Tons and tons of people in traditional German "lederhosen" (women and men), eating wiener schnitzel, and drinking rather large mugs of beer.  It was quite the experience.  It seemed a little like a county fair though with rides and carnival food-just with added drunk people everywhere.  Aside from that, I had a great time.  I was able to see some of my other friends from Pepperdine that are studying in Florence, Italy and Heidelberg, Germany.  We were only there for about 5 hours.

Late Friday night we got onto a train and headed to Salzburg, Austria. Which was AMAZING.  So beautiful, so much history, and of course, where the Sound of Music was filmed.  Not to mention...I retreated back to my Austrian routes! In Austria we explored the city-old town, the countryside, and where the Sound of Music was filmed.  We also took a tour to the salt mines in the Bavarian Alps in Germany.  We wore traditional mining suits and took mining trains into the salt mine and explored.  It was incredible.  There was a salt water lake inside the mine that we took a boat ride on and we slide down slides to get deeper into the mine.  We also took the traditional elevator shaft to get out of the mine as well.  It was such an awesome experience that I will never forget.  Overall, my weekend was fabulous and I feel so blessed to have this opportunity.  Each day I wake up and look outside and see Lake Geneva illuminated with gorgeous light from the sun and the shadows from the Alps.  I am so happy that I am in a great place in my life and that I have been given this chance of a lifetime.

Thank you to all who have helped and supported me in this journey! I am growing so much as a person and I cannot wait to bring my stories and memories back to share with all of you. 

This weekend we are staying in Switzerland and we are going to do a few day trips.  We are going to Gruyere-the town where Gruyere cheese and chocolate is made.  So Excited! We are also going to go wine tasting and to brunch on Lake Geneva.  On Tuesday my whole program is taking off to Corisca for a week for our "educational field trip".  I cannot wait to have 'class' in Corsica.  Love to all of you and miss you dearly.  I think about you guys daily and pray for all of you!

Au Revoir!

Buckingham Palace with Carson