Switzerland: Je ne quitte pas la Suisse… Je la prends avec moi

Heading home. For so long these words would fill my soul with warmth – to head back to a place filled with family, filled with home cooked meals, filled with ease. Yet, now I am back, and though all of these sentiments have been fulfilled, I find myself reminiscing on my time in the land…

Switzerland: Some particle-arly interesting visits

As finals have come to an end, I finally have the chance to catch up on relaying my adventures. In the past few weeks before finals, I had the chance to visit Geneva and the CERN research center. CERN, or the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, was the first European collaborative science research center….

Switzerland: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

On this Second Sunday of the Advent calendar, my roommates and I have lit the second candle on our advent wreath. A tradition that I was not familiar with prior to coming here, the advent wreath is actually a pretty special icon. About a week ago I was walking through the University and saw a…

Switzerland: Ready to bunker down

As a part of the Erasmus Student Network, I had the chance to travel to Lucerne, one of the most iconic cities in Switzerland. With the Swiss Alps towering above the landscape in the distance, the clear waters of Lake Lucerne adorned with swans, and the Chapel Bridge, the oldest covered wooden bridge in Europe,…

Switzerland: Ooh, la vache

I would be remiss if my blog about Switzerland did not include a post strictly devoted to the cows. At the center of the culture here in La Suisse, the cows wins the day. 65% of domestic food demands are met with Swiss agriculture and 78% of total agricultural production area consists of permanent grasssland…

Switzerland: Winter has arrived…

The first snowfall in Fribourg has officially come and gone… It was magical to wake up and see the landscape lightly dusted with the powdery white substance. Coming from Oxford, I was quite surprised to see snow in the beginning of November; usually that is when we see the peak of fall and the perfectly…

Switzerland: A series of fortunate events

After laying some groundwork down in my last post, it’s time to have some fun. 🙂 During the three-week pre-semester intensive French course that I took part in, we were given the chance to take a few excursions to nearby cities. Here’s a quick tour through the highlights! Morat/Murten —  Morat is a beautiful small…

Switzerland: La vie en Suisse

Exhausted, elated, and simultaneously overwhelmed, I made it to Switzerland. A thrilling adventure in a place so far from the comforts of my family and friends, this semester has been a whirlwind already! It’s so hard to fathom the thought that I’ve been here in Fribourg for over a month now… Needless to say, my…