Sunday, August 21, 2011


Hey guys! I am typing this from Switzerland!!!! I was greeted by my host mother and sister in the Zurich airport at 8:30 am, after a VERY long plane ride (story is coming). At first, I didn't know where they were, and was so confused, because everyone was speaking German, which I know 2 words in. I eventually found them after finding a English speaking employee, who called Margrit, my host mom.
I was kind of worried that I wouldn't get along with my host family, since I have heard so many rumors about Swiss people being reserved and stern. Let me just tell you, my host family is not like that at all. They were both so sweet and friendly, and I felt very welcomed. My host sister actually spent year abroad in Toronto when she was 16, so she understands what I am feeling.
We then drove to my new house. This picture is for you mom and dad; look! I have a clean closet!
 This is my bedroom, with a newly painted desk from my host family
 Cant live without the laptop!
 The view from my room. Housing is really expensive where I live, so upper-middle class families live close to each other like mine does; their house is actually one of the nicer ones in the neigborhood.
 The garden! In this picture, it really looks gross, but thats because a tree is blocking it. It is really full of tons of beautiful sunflowers! And hydrangeas Mom!
 The living room
 And kitchen/dining room
 The deck, and of course, the bikes! Some kids bike to school everyday, even if it is snowing!
I'm so glad to finally be here! Tonight I am going to a rotary meeting to get my train pass, and tomorrow I am touring my school. My family is so nice, and I am loving Switzerland! Even after my horrendous trip here--I could complain for a whole page, but I hate when people do that, so I will sum it up quickly. My plan met thunder storms in Philly, tried to wait them out for 40 minutes, then just went to Pittsburgh for two hours. I missed my layover because of this, and had to spend the night in the Philadelphia airport, then catch a plan at 6 pm. It sucked, but I tried to make the best of the situation, and explored the airport, which was actually quite fun. Lets just say, I'd never want to repeat my experience, but I definitely learned a LOT from my 36 hours in Philly. I am actually feeling quite like an adult now, is that weird? Maybe because I did the whole thing by myself, and it all worked out.


  1. Yay!!!! You made it! miss you!!! So proud of you for handling the journey with class. Good luck at will be fine





    youre a freaking adult and i'm just still a little 14 year old. awesome. so excited for you though! and keep up the pics!

  3. Emma! Welcome to beautiful Switzerland - - I told you! : ) Wow, what a long and winding journey to get there! I love your blog, and thank you for setting it up and sharing your life-changing adventure. That is very interesting about the late date for women being able to vote... I look forward to your next posting. Hugs ~Teri