Monday, December 29, 2008

Swiss Miss

So, I have returned from Switzerland, and have quite a few things to post and so thought I would start now in my effort to stay awake until at least 10pm (4am Swiss time) in battling jet lag. So I apologize in advance for any incoherence, seeing as I have now been awake (with the exception of a short nap on the plane) for 20 hours... geez I didn't realize it was quite that long. haha.

Anyway, I wanted to start with something I forgot to mention last time, which is the exciting news that a new H&M is opening about a 10 minute walk from my house. However, as I was walking down the street (with my dad on the way to the seagull actually) and noticed the sign up in the store windows of the new building, a large chunk of snow fell off a building and hit me square on the head, knocking me over! Not fun. But worth sharing due to it's sheer ridiculousness. And luckily it didn't mess up my flower. haha.

So then... Switzerland. It was really quite a trip. I learned to snowboard! (Sort of) and went down a 2 1/2 mile, incredibly steep tobogganing (or "sledging") trail. My cheeks are a bit windburned. And I am very sore. But it was quite fun. We also met some nice people and I generally managed to tolerate my dad's friends (we were their guests) who can, lets say, often be quite overbearing. But their kids are quite nice and were good company.

I had this adorable little room in the hotel, and while I was supposed to swap and share a room with the aforementioned overbearing couple's 14 year old daughter (which would have been fine, really), I was really quite ill on Christmas day (had a fever and all that) and so ended up keeping my own cozy hole.

This is pretty much the entire room. I stood in the doorway of the bathroom (which must have been about half the size of the room) to take the picture. My mom told me she had been afraid my freshman dorm room was going to be about this size before I moved in a year and a half ago. haha, thank goodness it was larger than this--fine for a week, but to live in for a year? I don't think so.

Speaking of the bathroom (a few lines back), it had a rather nice tub to soak in, but the shower head anchored to the wall at about eye level (and I'm not a tall person) so I had to hold it up to wash my hair, resulting in a few minor bathroom floods. Thank goodness I was home and didn't have to shower like that again tonight, especially with my arms so sore from holding on for dear life during sledging (which was yesterday's activity). Don't believe I had a reason to? Here's a picture my dad took of a tiny portion of the track from the gondola (which he rode down while the rest of us took the sleds down the mountain... it took him about 15 minutes to get down and us about 20!) ... many many feet/meters/however you would like to measure above:

The photo really doesn't do it justice, and this part doesn't look all that steep, but most of it was. It was quite fun though (once I figured out how to steer--some of the track was literally along the edge of the mountain in a cliff-like/steep drop sort of way) and in my opinion, worth the minor life risk ;)

Alright alright, back on track--the room. I do believe my favorite parts of this cozy little corner were the curtains and the trash can (as well as a certain key I will show you tomorrow).

Oh, and of course I can't forget this darling little (ok, actually it was quite huge) tree right outside my window which lit up at night. I was on the fourth floor to give a little more perspective.

I could also hear the sounds of jingling bells as horses dragging sleighs "drove" by when I was in the room during the day, which was rather delightful.

Now, I was going to move on to outfits, though I only have two days worth of pictures on those as I spent a lot of time in leggings, a ski parka, and snow pants, but this post is already long and picture heavy (not to mention I am about to keel over with exhaustion--I don't think I can stay awake even another five minutes) so I will leave you with a few more Switzerland pictures (I, with the assistance of my father as he participated in fewer potentially camera breaking activities, took so many, it was impossible to choose) and save the outfits for tomorrow.



  1. Haha, thanks for the doc recommendations. I've always wanted to go to Switzerland, it looks incredibly lovely.

  2. haha you're welcome. I perform that ebay search at least once a day. perhaps I have a problem? haha...

    and yea Switzerland was really beautiful though probably better if you know how to ski ;)

  3. 1. So lucky about the H&M
    2. I adore the library in your header. Romantic.