After I returned from Berlin with my class, the Seniors at our school graduated, and threw an insane party for all the teenagers at in our Kanton (unfortunately named "LSD", for "Last School Day"). They brought speakers and silly string to school, and would dump underclassmen in ice baths or spray them with beer as they tried to walk to lunch. I unfortunately know one of the Seniors who was in charge of the beer spraying, so of course I got an extra dosage in my hair. Yuck.
During our school holidays, my friend Kelsey and I decided to trek out to the french speaking part of Switzerland to visit the famous Castle of Chillon, which some of you may recognize from the back round of this blog earlier in my exchange. The castle was stunning, and sat on Lake Geneva, which borders France and is surrounded by the gorgeous French Alps. In our trip we learned that the castle was once one of the largest prisons for witches in the Middle Ages, which I had no idea of before. Who knew Switzerland was the witch capital of Europe? A little sad, but also really interesting!
|I love Switzerland!|
|Goofing around in the witch's prison|
|One of the most iconic images of Switzerland (from Google,|
I take no photo credit)
|Signing the best flag in the world!|
|Visiting the Lenzburg Castle with my host family|
|Hanging with Swiss friends by the lake (and James, who looks|
very goofy in this picture)
|Swiss football! And American cheerleaders!|
The saddest news of these last few weeks has been that they are the last ones for Laura, who goes back to New York this Friday. She has been like an older sister to me and a dear friend my entire exchange, and I am still in denial over the fact that I have only four more days with her. We decided to throw her an end of the year party at my house last weekend, where we swam in the lake and talked about everything we have learned this year (and also made her a surprise cake for her 19th birthday!). We also had our final Rotary meeting of the year in Lugano, where every exchange student wore their blazers and stood behind their host country's flag in a parade. There was a lot of crying and reminiscing, but also a lot of smiling for the life changing year we all got to have together. With everything seeming to come to an end, I can not help but always be smiling too. What a year we had.
|Laura was surprised with her cake!|
|My friends being einfach crazy|
|Zug Girls in the Rotary Meeting--Australia and the US|
|American exchange students in District 1980!|
|The original four--together in the beginning, together until the end|