Sunday, January 31

This past weekend two of my three best friends from Pepperdine came to Lausanne to visit me! We had a blast.  On Friday, Hanna and I picked them up from the train station and explored Lausanne while giving Carson and Ally a tour of our beautiful city.  They absolutely loved it! It has been snowing non-stop in Lausanne since Thursday.  It has been very cold but is so beautiful.  After renting our skis and boots for our ski adventure on Saturday, we hurried back to the house in a blizzard, dropped off our ski gear, and went to fondue! Our favorite outing of course.  Afterward, we came home watched movies and talked for hours!

Saturday, we went to Verbier to ski! Verbier is one of the prettiest places I have ever been.  Due to the frequent and heavy snowfall in the past days, there was waist deep fresh powder.  It was truly sensational.  The skiing was phenomenal and we spent most of our time it the terrain park with our friend Clay who is rather good at snowboarding.  I cannot even describe this place and pictures do not do it justice but here are some photos!

The Town of Verbier
The Town was AMAZING

"Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake."

Sunday, January 24

Here is my tentative travel schedule so that you will know where I am in the world and when...
January 29-31
  • Switzerland (Lausanne + Verbier)
February 5-7
  • Paris
February 9-13
  • Athens
February 19-21
  • Switzerland (Lausanne + Gstaad)
February 26-March 6
  • Spain (Barcelona, Ibiza, + San Sebastian)
March 12-14
  • Budapest
March 19-21
  • Prague (My 20th Birthday)
March 26-28
  • Amsterdam

    "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer”.
    Romans 12:12

    Typical Beautiful Day in Lausanne

    Bois-de-Vaux Cemetery where Coco Chanel is Buried



    This weekend was fabulous.  Another restful weekend in Lausanne full of love and laughter.  I experienced new things and met new people this weekend.  We went to Coco Chanel's grave on Friday.  Coco Chanel lived in Lausanne for 10 years and could not leave this beautiful place.  She is buried in the most beautiful cemetary i've ever seen.  With a view of the Alps and the brisk air and greenery, it makes for the perfect place to rest.  Next weekend my best friend Carson is coming to Lausanne and we plan to go to Zermatt to ski.  I am looking forward to her visit and cannot wait to share my love for Lausanne with her.  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend full of laughter, love, and tears of joy.  

    Wednesday, January 20

    Each day I fall deeper in love with Lausanne.  The beauty never ceases to amaze me and continues to surprise me.  From the incredible sunsets on Lake Geneva to the occasional gentle snowfall, I live in the most beautiful place in the world. This past weekend I stayed in Lausanne to further explore and that is exactly what I did.  I went with a few friends to search for new restaurants and fun places to hangout at night.  We stumbled upon the cutest place ever.  Tucked away in a staircase leading to the Lausanne Cathedral, was this adorable place called "Le Barbare" adorned with beautiful ivy and window boxes.  Inside was an intimate, hole in the wall place.  The waitress was an adorable Swiss French woman who owned the restaurant and lives upstairs.  She cooks all of the meals in her kitchen and was the most delightful person I've ever met.  Not to mention the food was incredible.  This place is known for their hot chocolate, which is virtually a melted Swiss chocolate bar in a ceramic mug.  I instantly fell in love and will return soon.

    My roommate from Pepperdine last year (who transferred) happened to be studying abroad as well and she came to Lausanne on Sunday.  We had so much fun! Some friends and I showed her around Lausanne from the Lake all the way to the Cathedral.  We had the most amazing picnic on a dock on Lake Geneva and chatted about lifes simple pleasures.  Afterward we went to fondue where Morgan tried cheese fondue for the first time!  Needless to say, she loved it.  Having Morgan in Lausanne and seeing her appreciation for the city allowed me to fall deeper in love with Lausanne.  I feel so blessed to be in this amazing place. 

    It snowed again today and the city is covered in white again! It is so beautiful.  This weekend I am staying again and plan to go skiing either in Leysin or Villars.  I hope to take phenomenal photos to post on my blog next week!

    Each time I update my blog I decided that I am going to put my favorite quote or inspirational saying at the moment.  I think it will be a fun and inspiring way to live life! This was my inspiration for the day...

    "No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love”.
    I Corinthians 13:3


    Photos from the Week

    "Le Barbare"
    Roommate Morgan

    Current Roommate Hanna

    Saturday, January 16

    J'adore Lausanne

    This weekend I decided to stay in Lausanne and explore the amazing city I am lucky enough to live in.  I often get caught up in traveling across Europe and forget about the wonders of Lausanne.  This weekend was spent discovering adorable Swiss wine bars, eating delicious cheese fondue, meeting fun locals, and making new friends that will last a lifetime.  I am so excited about my developing friendships this semester.  I feel so blessed to have such amazing people in my life. This semester my goal is to live life to its fullest. I want to cut out stress, negativity, and drama.  I am confident that I will be able to do this and I know that this semester will be one that I will never forget.  I already miss everyone terrible but I am only 11 weeks away from coming home! I will update more on Monday about my new experiences!


    Monday, January 11

    Home Sweet Lausanne

    After 24 hours of long and arduous traveling, I finally made it to Lausanne.  My journey started around 7 am Saturday morning with an already delayed flight out of SFO, a bomb threat at Heathrow, and plenty of canceled flights due to the unusual amounts of snow across Europe.  Immediately I realized that my day would be filled with sitting in airports for hours and copious amounts of communication among family members and British Airways officials.  After being on hold with British Airways for nearly 70 minutes, we decided to pack up and head to the airport.  Upon arrival, my tenacious and shameless Mother barged into the Administration office at Sea-Tac where she yelled, "my daughter has a crisis". The worried department manager quickly rose and asked what the crisis was.  Turning out to be a small concern in the realm of thousands of canceled flights and stranded passengers, the nice lady (named Sandy) helped anyway.  Miraculously, she re-booked me on a direct flight from Sea-Tac to London Heathrow, which was originally a canceled flight that was two days late in leaving.  I said my goodbyes to my beloved family and hoped on a plane (about 6 hours later). My 9 hour flight to London was easy and relaxing, minus the entertainment system failure.  Upon arrival in an unseasonably and unusual winter wonderland in London, I realized I wasn't going anywhere anytime soon.  I disembarked off of the plane and transferred terminals where my flight to Geneva was supposed to leave from.  After seeing six canceled flights on British Airways to Geneva before mine, I panicked a little bit and spoke with the customer services desk.  My flight was supposedly on time, which made no sense because it was scheduled to leave at 11:45 am and the Geneva airport was closed (and had been since 6 am) due to unexpected heavy snowfall and the need to de-ice and clear the runways.  My flight was allotted the reward of being one of the first 'tester' flights, so to speak, to land in Geneva since its re-opening at 12:30.  So off we went after I sat in the Heathrow airport for another 6 hours praying that my flight would go.  We finally arrived in Geneva and it was so beautiful.  Everything was a complete white out with about 2 feet of new snow.  I got off the plane, once again, grabbed my luggage and hopped on a train to Lausanne.  For the next 45 minutes I stared outside at the gorgeous snow that covered all the trees and Swiss chalets.  I felt thankful and happy to have made it home.  Many of my friends remained stranded in various towns across Europe ranging from Munich to Zurich.  Although it took twice as long to get to Lausanne, I felt so blessed that I made it in time to start school this morning.

    Today is Monday in Lausanne and it is 4 pm my time.  I started school today, which embedded a serious of emotions inside of me. I was eager, yet scared, and excited to embark on my second journey abroad.  My class schedule is going to be quite a challenge but I think that I am ready for it.  I am taking International Business Law and its Environment, Intercultural Communication, Western Heritage 3, and French 3. I am excited for a series of interesting projects and field trips to come.

    Thank you for all of you who have made it possible for me to be in Lausanne again.  I appreciate it beyond words can explain and feel so grateful for each and every one of you.  I am beyond elated to be home again.

    Love to all and God bless

    A little glimpse at the snow covered houses and train tracks from my balcony