I spent the first weekend of April exploring the most beautiful country – Switzerland.
My friend and I flew in to Geneva on Thursday night and spent the day Friday exploring the city. Geneva is a small city with the lake and two rivers around it. We walked by the lake and through the city. We went to the meeting of the two rivers – the Rhone and Arve – where you can see the very different colors of each river mix. We got on a train to Interlaken at 7pm, which took almost 3 hours. When we arrived in Interlaken, I thought – this is what Switzerland is supposed to look like.
We went to bed Friday night with crazy plans the next day. Our alarms were set for 7:30am Saturday morning in order to be ready for our ride at 8:30am to Skydive Switzerland. Upon arrival, we were given our jump suits and met our professional tandem skydivers. Mine was a funny guy from Australia who made the dive that much more fun. My friend and I both decided to get pictures and video from our skydiving adventure via a GoPro that the professional wore on their wrist. We got suited up and went over the basics – we’d take a 15-20 minute scenic route then jump from roughly 4000 meters (13,100 feet) over the landing area (where the plane took off from) – then we went to the plane. We took off and my instructor told me we’d jump last, which was fine by me. The view was amazing up in the small plane looking over Interlaken and the Swiss countryside. After a short ride, we jumped and it was the most amazing experience I have had in my 21 years.
45 second free fall and a 4 minute parachute ride down to the ground was not long enough to take in the views and the experience. Luckily, I have an amazing video and 100+ pictures to remember it.
After our crazy Saturday morning we went and grabbed lunch and chocolate (actually, I think the chocolate came before the lunch). We then took on the challenge of hiking up a mountain in Interlaken. It took us a while to get to the top, but we made it and the views were phenomenal. We hurried back down after enjoying the view to grab dinner and more chocolate.
Sunday morning we walked to one of the two lakes to dip our feet in and enjoy our last day in the most beautiful country. We took a train back to Geneva where we hopped on our flight back to Madrid.
Switzerland is one place I will definitely return to in the future. It is gorgeous and full of adventurous things to do – and the chocolate is amazing.
Today marks 3 weeks until I land back in Minnesota! I am happy to go home, but I will be very sad to leave Toledo and my host family. My time in Spain has been amazing and I have grown so much as a person, and as a Spanish-speaker.
Tomorrow we have a group day trip to Segovia, Spain, and then I am spending the weekend in Toledo. I plan to explore Toledo more and get a lot of homework done because this coming week is the last week before finals week! As of now, I don’t have travel plans for the last 3 weeks, but I do plan on going to southern Spain.
Until I write again, thanks for reading!