The fabulous trip members have been happy to indugle in the Swiss culture over the past few days in both Geneva and Interlaken. During dinner in Geneva, two fun yodelers providing live entertainment for the restaurant guests serenaded us right beside our tables. They made music out of bells, accordions, longhorns, and even by swirling a Swiss coin (called a ”franc”) in a bowl! By the end of the night, the yodelers’ accordion tunes got Staci, Megan, Cindy, and Sophie F out of their seats and dancing away in the center of the restaurant!
The next day, we headed to Interlaken to enjoy the sunshine, water slide, and diving boards at the pool, and conquered the whitewater rapids on an exhilarating rafting adventure. With incredible levels of teamwork and support, we all made our way through the rapids and got to take a quick swim in the lake at the end of the route. At the swimming pool, even more motivation and support was performed by the group as they cheered Rachel on and helped her build the courage she needed to jump off the diving board and join the rest of us in the water!
During dinner in Interlaken, our hilarious and energetic waiter named Bebbie offered us a chance to play the traditional 10-foot Swiss longhorn and Elana, Paulina, Cindy, Megan, Melissa, Ethan, and Mitchell each bellowed a few notes out for the restaurant. Melissa, with her trombone playing experience, taught us to vibrate our lips by shaping our mouths as if we’re saying the letter ‘M.’ The tip clearly worked out very well!
The past few days in Interlaken have been a blast with our Swiss adventures ending in a challenging high ropes course, a scenic train ride filled with beautiful views of green hills and mountains, and trips to the town shops for delicious authentic Swiss chocolate! Throughout all the fun and the new experiences, we could especially count on Sophie H for capturing smiles and built friendships with her wonderful photography skills. The journey continues as we make our way to Italy today, and we look forward to keeping you updated on the second half of our trip! Stay tuned for all the good news to come from La Bella Italia!
We are in the Swiss Alps now and the fresh mountain air, clean spring water and abundance of adventure activities are all an exciting change for our trip members. A few days ago, we bid our farewells to Paris and boarded the train to the ski resort town of Tignes, France. The group was pleasantly surprised by the rustic charm of our new hotel and its superb restaurant that featured what Brendan could only describe as “one of the world’s best Creme Brulees”.
Early the next morning, some of us set out for the slopes and enjoyed a full morning of skiing and snowboarding in the brilliant sunshine. The high-speed gondola was very futuristic and cool but the various T-bars took some time to get used to. Mike S. impressed us all at the terrain park, while Sam and Remi admired the breath-taking views.
The rest of our time in Tignes was spent doing some pretty gnarly mountain biking (shout-outs to Mara and Emma for representing the girls on the bike trails) and visiting the awesome sport complex. Over the course of two days, Josh, Zach, Jeremy and Mike S. played doubles tennis, Sunny and Jenny encouraged the girls to head over to the aquatic center, Sam showed us some of her crazy gymnatstic skills on the outdoor trampoline, Alec tested out the 10-foot air bag jump, and Bennett played some beach volleyball.
We left Tignes feeling refreshed and recharged and crossed the border towards Geneva, Switzerland. As we drove through town, Zach and Schiff (Alex) pointed out all the Ferraris and noteworthy cars around us. The afternoon was spent exploring Geneva and touring the United Nations. Josh took quite an interest in the tour and reflected on his experiences with model UN at his school. Other highlights of Geneva included our amazing hotel and the sight worthy Jet D’eau, which caught the attention of Alec and Aidan. As we travel by train through Switzerland, we are continually impressed by how accurate and punctual transportation is around here. Mike S., Aidan, Bennet and Alec like to compete and guess how many seconds off of the estimated time of arrival the train will be.
Our time in Geneva was short and sweet and we are all excited to continue our adreneline rushes in the outdoor adventure town of Interlaken, Switzwerland.