Laggo di Lugano, Bellinzona, & Milan for the Day | Week 2
Isabelle N September 8, 2016
As I was preparing to write this post, while taking advantage of the speedy library wifi (after completing an essay, of course), I decided to look back at my first post here. My "First Glimpse" roundup of photos evokes a sense of wanderlust and travel galore, just as these images from a day on the lake, a festival in Bellinzona, and a day spent in Milan do. The difference, however, is the adult summer camp feeling that I described in my last post has diminished, and academics have replaced that sense of relaxation. Of course, I am still in Switzerland, surrounded by mountains and peaks, and I am eager to travel near and far, but one can't deny the fact that the stresses of school work and life can sometimes spoil what could otherwise the adventure of your lifetime. Instead of trying to suppress such feelings, I've realized that you need to acknowledge such sentiments, and work to improve the situation for yourself. While none of these pictures relay the fatigue of the school week, I think it is important to note that you can't/don't have to be 100% all of the time, no matter where you are. Even if people talk of the great time it seems you're having, it is normal if this notion does not reflect your truth. I've realized through my previous experiences living abroad that it is ok to not be ok, as cliché as it is, and that you'll have both positive and negative occurrences, just as you do at home.
Yesterday morning, I did a sunrise hike with my school's Alpine club which allowed me time for reflection, appreciation, and gratitude. My mantra during those 2 hours was "she believed she could so she did", which I think is something important to remind yourself when you feel alone. I'll be doing a whole post with photos and more on that adventure very soon! xx Isabelle