Freshly Pressed?!

I am sooo excited and grateful for the honor of being “Freshly Pressed” yesterday! Thank you, WordPress! And a big welcome, new visitors! I’m thrilled you’re here and appreciate your comments! : )

To answer some of your great questions….

The sun on the Alps was definitely intense while glaring off the snow! This was something our coordinators had luckily given us the heads up about: bring sunglasses and plenty of sunblock. So I had on tons of sunscreen and fortunately didn’t get burned. It was so bright though – I was squinting even behind my sunglasses!

a big backyard.

Sledding down for 5 miles wasn’t too scary, although you definitely needed to stay on the course and slow down for the turns! To hit the brakes, we just dug our feet down into the snow and it would slow us down.  That made our feet and pants get covered with snow and totally wet by the time we got to the bottom.

road to the swiss alps.

It was really a can’t-miss experience! Such a fun day, and it was even more awesome than I could ever have anticipated!

This week, I’ll be posting about German recycling (procedure = super precise, sort of intimidating), our daily open-air market in Freiburg (beautiful and delicious!), and my field trip underground.. inside the Schauinsland silver mines.

And this weekend, I’ll be hopping the border into France — can’t wait to see France for the first time and share it here!

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Sledding in the Swiss Alps!

Yesterday…

My study abroad program organized an optional day trip – skiing/sledding on the Alps in Switzerland! I went hiking and sledding with about 20 other people, while around 10 others (who already had some experience!) opted to ski or snowboard. There was something amazing to do there for everyone!

It was an early morning and a 3 hour bus ride to Grindelwald, a town in the midst of the Alps….

Grindelwald

Once we arrived, those of us who were sledding took another 30 min bus ride up one of the mountains. From there, we continued up with a hike for about an hour! It was a good workout, and we got pretty hot despite the snow and altitude!

uphill.

Both hiking up and sledding back down were filled with the most amazing views….
the swiss alps.sun and snow.

It was unreal! And after sledding back down the hiking route, we got to keep sledding for most of the rest of the way down the mountain…. a 5 mile course!

downhill.

This place is home to the longest sledding route in Europe, and it was the most snow I’d ever seen in my life!

And! I found a little bit of Atlanta in Switzerland….

atlanta in switzerland.

: )

It was a great weekend! Sledding in the Swiss Alps was one of the most fun things ever, and everybody had a blast! : D