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From Interlaken, Switzerland to Venice, Italy

Posted by Michael Cerchione on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 @ 03:32 PM

Thunersee Lake in SwitzerlandThese past two weekends, I visited two of the most unique cities in Europe. First, I went to Interlaken, Switzerland and saw the most beautiful part of the Alp Mountains. The first day, we took a tour around the city and visited the Thundersee Lake. The city was amazing, and the chocolate that they had was like no other chocolate I've ever had before. In addition, the Thundersee lake was one of the most beautiful lakes I've ever seen. The water had a beautiful blue color, from all of the glaciers falling into it. Unfortunately, it was too cold to swim in the lake or else I would have been swimming in it all day.

Snowboarding in the AlpsHowever, the next day I went snowboarding in the Alps! As much as I love New Jersey's Mountain Creek Ski Resort and Pittsburgh's Seven Springs, I will never forget the mountains in Switzerland. Interlaken was all about outdoor activities such as skydiving, paragliding, canyon jumping, night sledding, etc. Unfortunately, I'm kind of a girl when it comes to jumping or diving out of things, so I decided to go with snowboarding instead. Snowboarding the Alps was a once in a lifetime opportunity. The view of the mountains around you was just breathtaking. Seeing pictures of the Alps and how beautiful they are is one thing, but when you see them first hand, its completely different.

The day after snowboarding, I walked around town and bought a mini Switzerland flag. I've decided that whenever I visit a different country I'm going to buy that country's flag, collect all the flags and bring them back home with me. Overall, Interlaken was unbelievable and completely different from anywhere I have ever visited, including Venice, Italy!

Carnevale in Venice, Italy This past weekend, I ventured to Venice, Italy for their famous Carnevale di Venezia. The Carnevale is an annual festival held in Venice, and it's most famous for its distinctive masks. During Carnevale, people get all dressed up and wear a mask over their face and basically go crazy. So me and four other friends went there and all dressed up with basically the same black dress pants, white button down, and a black tie or bowtie. Everyone was supposed to buy a mask and wear it that night, but I was the only one that did so...Venice was absolutely beautiful, especially since it was Valentine's Day when we went there. All in all, it was a lot of fun and a great experience.

This next weekend there is a planned overnight trip through the study abroad program I am affiliated with to go to Perugia, Assisi, Siena, and San Gimignano which I would love to go to. However, I was also offered to go to Lake Bled in Slovenia. If I were to go to Slovenia I would definitely do some more snowboarding and even do some husky dog sledding! Either trip will be unbelievable and I can't wait to pick.

Topics: study abroad, Italy, Michael Cerchione

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