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.
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