Friday, June 27, 2014

Made it to Switzerland!!

I've made it to Switzerland!!!! After about 12 rather up eventful hours of traveling I got to Zurich around 8am, local time. Leaving Raleigh, I can usually tell what I'm flying over, but today I actually found my parents house for the first time (that I can recall)-- picture below, the big field area is Bayleaf Farms, across the road from their house. The TVs on flight from JFK to Zurich were broken which was probably a blessing because they couldn't distract me from trying to sleep. I probably slept 4-5 hours but it was not quality sleep by any means. I did get to the alps which was awesome!

The plan was for me to make my way to Baden alone using Landon's very thorough directions but his presentation today was moved to 11 so he surprised me at the airport! That was such a relief! I hadn't been scared at all leading up to the trip but when I was actually faced with traveling and interacting on my own I was pretty nervous. We got my SIM card for my phone then were about to hit the trains when I realized- OH NO! -I left my Swiss train pass in our scanner at home. Luckily, it doesn't actually cover the entire time I'm here anyways. There was always going to be a few days where I had to pay for the trains. Those can just be at the beginning of the trip instead of the end like I'd planned. My parents have the pass and are figuring out the best way to get it to me. Also, the protection plan I bought really only covers strikes and it getting stolen-- there has to be a police report and everything-- so no help there. I'm not worried though, I'll get it when I get it. 

After Landon dropped me off at his studio, he headed in to work for the day. I tried to nap unsuccessfully to nap the unpacked. This studio is tiny. I've cleaned bigger horse stalls than this! No, really, the double, foaling stalls at Falcon Park were definitely bigger than this room by a pretty good amount! It does have a pretty cool view of a green court yard, though!

I wandered around for a while after unpacking, trying to get my bearings and realized that 80* feels a lot hotter than you expect when you're walking around in jeans for an hour!! Baden is a really cute town! It's not very touristy though, so I felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb. I went in Coop City, kind of like a department store but with food, too. I was looking for a pillow since L's extra one is shopping real feathers but the were all over 100CHF!!! We'll have to make a trip to ikea to get one cheaper! The difference in prices here is definitely going to take some getting used too. 

I think I'm going to go wander around some more before L gets off work! More later! 

Also. I totally googled "travelling" before I made this blog, but apparently I still spelled it wrong! I just re-googled it and apparently 2 L's is the British spelling, so let's just pretend I was being worldly! Whoops! 

1 comment:

  1. Swiss pass is on its way to you! For a while, it seemed like it would be easier to just book a flight and bring it to you myself !!!