First Impressions of Switzerland

Arrival The six of us who traveled together made it into town on Saturday morning, at about 10:15 AM local time. We are 6 hours ahead of our normal timezone (Eastern) so the fact that we flew overnight helped a little bit because we at least had the opportunity to … Continue Reading →

Pre-Trip Jitters

Tomorrow at 5:30 AM my journey begins. I’m all packed. My family is all packed. The car is mostly packed. The baby is asleep in her crib and my husband is asleep on the couch. In a little while I will wake him and send him to bed, where I ……

Planning for a Culture Shock

Early Observations While our actual departure to Switzerland seems like a long ways off (at 93 days away), I know that if I blink, it will be here in an instant. And so I have begun to plan my trip now in earnest. Part of the planning involves keeping …

The Countdown Begins: 115 Days to Switzerland.

Back in November, I received an email calling for applications to Dean Depauw’s Global Perspectives Program (GPP) through the Graduate School. This program integrates face to face study here at Virginia Tech with a study abroad experience based o…

Dear SUPSI – I Love You

Dear SUPSI, I love you. It’s true. You, the University of Applied Sciences of Italian Switzerland, have stolen my heart.  And it all started with this hands-on computer programming board.  This thing – the computer programming folks wrote the program, the engineers designed and built it, and it could potentially be given to the elementary …

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Reflections on Time

I’m currently laying in a hammock under some palm trees, listening to church bells play after having just finished a combined cone of hazelnut gelato and blueberry sorbet. Earlier this morning two other students and I hiked to the top of Monte San Giorgio. What I keep thinking about is the pace at which everything …

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Love Locked Down in Zurich

Walking to lunch in Zurich yesterday, we came across the Muhlestag bridge which crosses the Limmat River. The bridge was covered in “love locks” which, according to the all-knowing Wikipedia, are: padlock(s) which sweethearts lock to a bridge, fence, gate, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love.Typically the sweethearts’ names or initials are inscribed on the …

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Nachtjäger

I’m not one to usually post pictures of what I eat, and I’ve never been one of those people who take artful photos with the lighting just right and the pieces arranged just so, but yeah, can we talk about dinner last night?!? If you’re ever in Zurich, check out the Nachtjäger. The menu is …

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