Skiing in Saas Fee

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       After a 12-hour journey consisting of packed, delayed trains, attempting to take trains our tickets didn't cover, an exploding bag of M&Ms, and standing on 2 hour long trains, we finally reached Saas Fee. We arrived in the auto-mobile free town around 9 p.m., and soon after our hotel host picked us up in a small golf-cart type deal. By that point, we had had enough adventure for one day, but bumping up and down on the cart and looking up at the numerous stars was like a scene out of a movie. I suppose it is because we were at a higher altitude, but the sky never looked clearer to me. Our hotel room, adorned with heart accents, a much needed heater, and the cutest set up, was extremely inviting after an interminable day. The next day, my friend Claire and I set out for the slopes. Although neither of us had ever been to Saas Fee, we soon found ourselves navigating the different runs, figuring out which lifts lead where and where the best powder was to be found. The coolest part of the mountain was easily the fact that we had to take two gondolas and a funicular in the mountain to get to the very top. As someone who has skied primarily in Vermont and once in Quebec, looking around and seeing such beautiful mountains evoked a feeling of being on top of the world. After our day of skiing came to a close, we explored the cutesy village, stopping in a handmade craft store and making a purchase or two. 

Despite the many difficulties we encountered in trying to escape Lugano for Saas Fee, I wouldn't have traded that weekend for a smooth travel experience. It's crazy how much beauty there is to see in the world that is right at your fingertips, whether or not you realize it. 

The Chainsmokers in Milan

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     Last weekend, I hopped on a train to Milan to catch the Chainsmokers in concert (I still can't believe that happened!!). Amidst the craziness that has come with midterms, breaking out my awkward dad-like dance moves was the perfect stress relief. Although my friends and I had heard that they weren't very good live in terms of vocals, the Chainsmokers proved all negative critiques wrong. In addition to playing all of their new, popular songs, they mixed in some awesome remixes of the Lion King, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Kanye West, among numerous others. I also really enjoyed their opener, The Him, who remixed some really awesome songs by Martin Garrix and Smallpools, which aren't so mainstream. The venue, Fabrique Milano, also added to the close-knit atmosphere of the concert-- if it had been at a stadium of sorts, it probably wouldn't have been as great of an experience. I am so beyond excited to see The Lumineers next month at the same venue! 

I feel so sorry for neglecting this space as of late. I'm not sure I've been this busy/stressed/lost in general in a while. This coming Monday, though, we set out on academic travel with our classes! My business class is going around Switzerland for two weeks with visits to various enterprises and the United Nations, and then I am going to Paris with a couple of friends. I am looking forward to being back in France with baguettes and macaroons at my fingertips. Yesss. How're you all doing? I'll probably be back with photos from my travels very soon! Talk to you all soon. xoxo Isabelle 

Train Hopping Around Switzerland

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      This past weekend, my friends and I set out on an adventure through the Swiss Alps. We originally had an intended destination, but due to our poor navigation and time management, we scratched our plan and just explored like true pioneers. After a few hours spent admiring the ins and outs of the mountains from the windows of the trains, we discovered the mountainous area of Andermatt, Switzerland. I had only previously heard of Andermatt in terms of it being a popular ski resort, but we were able to see it outside of ski season (although, we did spot some snow!!) It was my friend Dani's 19th birthday, so we naturally took heaps of photos and had a relatively low key day. Once we returned from our day-trip, we cooked pasta and suspect brownies to continue the celebration. While I mostly gave words of encouragement and danced along to the Frank Sinatra we were playing, I can't help but say how delicious the meal was, especially after a long day of traveling. Yay for being domestic!! 

     Somehow, someway, midterms are next week and I'm not really sure how to feel about it. A part of me wants to be relaxed and pretend that my exams will be fairly easy, and the rest of me knows that I need to prepare a substantial amount. To top it off, it is highly likely that I have bronchitis (aka the reason I slept for 11 hours last night...11 HOURS!!) That's where I'm at in terms of health and stress. How're you all doing? xoxo Isabelle  
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