Okay so bear with me, this one is going to be kind of long because so many pictures!! Today began with kind of a slow morning, but then we really saw a lot! I did manage to get my room a bit more organized since we start class tomorrow!
In the US close on Sunday like Chick-fil-A or a certain coffee shop, but for the most part everything is open at some point on Sunday. Here everything is completely different, it was so difficult to find food today. We didn't really have any groceries left so we decided to go to a market, but all of the markets within walking distance (there are like 10 but they are small) were closed because it was Sunday. So first of all, gas stations here are really weird. There are fully stocked bars at most gas stations with advertisements to get a drink. Gas stations also have more essentials rather than snack foods. So we ended up at a gas station to buy groceries for the day.
Seriously look at the proximity of the bar to the gas station check out.
Anyway, we were able to get some really great prosciutto, cheese, pasta, and pasta sauce from the gas station (more on that later)!
We walked back to our flat and talked for a bit until some other Virginia Tech students who are also studying abroad came to visit us! Five of us ended up walking around and grabbing lunch and gelato. We found this really cute little shop (the only place that was open for lunch lol) so we stopped. We stumble our way through ordering risotto, caprese and water.
It was seriously so good. When we got the check the water was 4 francs per glass!! That's like $4.5 for a glass of water!! What on earth. We later found out WINE IS CHEAPER THAN WATER HERE. What's happening here? I feel like I'm in some weird dream.
We started walking back towards the casa (with a planned gelato stop of course) and I saw this little cat lounging on the street with the best view. I would feel bad, but he looked well fed and was manage to be on one of the cutest streets!
Y'all. This gelato. Omg. Literally the best ice cream type thing I've ever had and it was coffee flavored (PTL I HAVEN'T HAD COFFEE IN OVER A WEEK). The gelato was only 2 francs! Half as expensive as a glass of water. Seriously so confused.
On our walk back from gelato we the academia! It was so cool to see it in person, I have googled it so many times trying to understand where I would be going for a year. One thing I noticed today is that people in Switzerland don't mow their yards very often and the academia was no exception!
We got to go and visit our friends in Riva San Vitale at the Stegar Center owned by Virginia Tech. The Center was so beautiful and had such a wonderful garden.
After seeing the rooms and their studios we were given a mini tour of Riva. We got to go inside the first baptistery built in Switzerland. It was so cool to go in there as a Christian because I can only imagine how many people declare their faith in Christ inside those walls. The baptismal pool was so worn from years of use.
Next we walked down to Lake Lugano. The walk there was so beautiful, but the Lake was so cool!!! There were swans!!
The swans were so pretty pretty and the iPhone 7 so I really wanted to take a portrait image of them, but literally one of them started hissing at me as I was trying to take a photo!! Literally this is a picture taken of a swan hissing while I'm screaming and running away hahaha!
But here are some pictures of them before they turned evil, when they were just beautiful creatures floating on the water.
Lol this guy was done with photos.. look at the look he was giving me!!!
We then did a bit more walking around the town and found a really beautiful church. One of the VT students told us that a guide had previously said that the church was built for a single-family, they owned most of the town, but when they started having to sell off their land they eventually donated the church to the town.
My app just crashed because there are to many images in this post so I'm just going to add a few more and be done!
That's all, folks!