Adventures Outside SpainBarcelona, Spring 2012

I would definitely have to say one of the best things about studying abroad is the ability to travel all over Europe.  Barcelona is a centrally located city and transportation to many of the common tourist destinations is extremely easy.  In two weeks I have traveled to Interlaken, Switzerland and London, England.  Two completely different trips but nonetheless an unreal experience unique to each city.


I never in a million years thought I would decide to go skiing in the Swiss Alps during my four-month stay in Europe.  On my mind were places like Rome, Paris, and London… basically the typical tourist traps.  However, when the idea of visiting Switzerland was suggested I knew this was a trip I had to do.  Interlaken is about a two -hour drive away from the Geneva airport.  I didn’t really mind this because it gave me an opportunity to see a little bit of Geneva (although being in the dark and absolutely freezing made this a tad harder).  A lot of students go to Interlaken to participate in crazy activities.  Canyon jumping, paragliding, and skydiving just to name a few.  Lucky for my nervous parents I am a total chicken and would not go anywhere near a situation that required me to be in a harness of some sort!  Over the course of the weekend we became acquainted with the little city of Interlaken and went skiing for a day up in the Alps.  My time in the Alps was one of the best experiences I have ever had.  I am not lying when I say the air literally sparkled.  For any Twilight fans out there – I am talking how Edward sparkles in the sun status.   Also, there was the coolest little bar on the very top of the mountain in a tepee tent.  This was such a fun thing to visit after a day on the slopes.  Speaking of slopes and my main reason for hitting the Alps in the first place, the skiing is wayyy more difficult in Switzerland than what I am used to.  I tumbled down a few mountains but I still returned to Barcelona without any broken bones and my body intact.  Looking back on the trip I can definitely say Interlaken was the best trip ever (and everyone who goes abroad needs to go)!


London was probably the place I wanted to visit most upon coming to Europe.  I really don’t know why I had such a huge desire to travel there over all the other locations available to me.  Maybe because London is Harry Potter’s homeland, it is a fashion capital, Chipotle (my favorite) exists, or probably most likely is that Prince Harry is single and resides there!  There are numerous sites to see and I feel like we did a successful job of visiting most of them.  Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Camden Market, Tower Bridge, and the government offices are just a few to name.  Equally as fun is the nightlife.  I can’t say it compares to Barcelona but still we had a great time.  There is a club called Ministry of Sound that has numerous rooms with different types of music playing.  Also, for anybody who tells you the food is bad in London I truly have no idea what they are talking about.  Personally I thought the food rocked and ate much more than I ever get in Spain!  Another wonderful thing about London… the shopping.  I only purchased two dresses (that are super cute if I say so myself) but this was with serious self-control because I honestly could have bought out the store.  Once again, another great trip completed and still so many more to come.

Be Sociable, Share!
If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!
Tagged as: , , , ,

You May also like:

Leave a Response

Please note: comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.