Sunday, October 24, 2010

First Snow!

October 19. First Snow. CRAZY!!!!

Turtle Bread. It was so adorable I couldn't resist taking a picture!
I thought I would give you all an update of what is to come travel wise so you know what you have to look forward to! In November I will be going to Kopenhagen, Denmark! And Zermatt, Switzerland for the Matterhorn. In December there will be Germany and my first Swiss Christmas. In January there will be Austria! And April Tunisia which is in Northern Africa. So that's what we have to look forward to! But right now life is good :) 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Paris in the Fall

The Arc de Triomphe. I took a nap on the top. No joke! And this is what I heard an American say on the top "They should sell beer right here." GO america. Let's sell Budweiser on top of an extremely historical monument! And note to all. NEVER drive yourself in Paris. The cars going around in this circle don't have yield signs or lanes. They just drive and honk and omgosh it was the scariest thing I have ever witnessed!

I didn't get a picture of the line. But they make everyone wait in a very long line to get in. Only so many people are allowed in at one time. It was like bouncers at a club or something And everyone in the line was Japanese. It was a very interesting sight.

I finally made it to the Eiffel Tower! Okay and not to sound like a downer...but it's not as big as I thought it would be. And people harass you to buy their souvenirs. And they sell condoms in the gift shop. TACKY much??? But it photographs well!

VERY TOP of the Eiffel Tower! 

Largest shopping in the world. It was intense!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Olma Festival

Every year St. Gallen has a huge expedition called Olma. They have a parade, animals, performances, displays. The closest thing I can compare it to is our fair. Though over here they focus more on culture and less on how many rides can make you hurl up your chili cheese dog. Being that my host dad is in the government I got a VIP view of Olma. I even got to be in the parade in the end! And here it is. . .
The morning starts off with everyone greeting one another in conference room with drinks and snacks before you all together walk to where the government people sit.

Pres of Switzerland secret service. Two questions. Why are there only two of you? And where is the president?

Haha. I love this. 

As you can see it was way more than just a Swiss parade. It was full of ethnic diversity.

Swiss national sport. Um. Ew. 

Half way through the day we had a big lunch. Three courses. The whole shabang. I felt pretty special:)

My favorite part because this country is SO COLD!