This week has been super busy! We have had engagements every single night this week! On Monday we went to a grocery store in Como, Italy. This is about a thirty minute drive from the school. A student from Paris brought his car, and my roommate Alex and I went with him to get some groceries! Even though I've now been grocery shopping what seems like a million times (people here literally go grocery shopping like four times a week and just buy enough for a day or two so that it's super fresh!), I still experienced major culture shock!
For starters, you have to put a one franc coin in to use a buggy. I didn't have a coin, but luckily there was a smaller (much cuter) little cart you could use for free, but it was the only one.
I quickly realized this place was the grocery store of my dreams. Lol. They literally had all my favorite foods but for SO MUCH LESS than the US or Switzerland. For starters, I walk in and they have fresh figs right at the door. My favorite. They have basil plants for €2. They have freshly made mozzarella for €1. They have prosciutto for €2. Cheeses, breads, homemade pasta, pasta sauce, everything. Literally everything.
We managed to restrain ourselves enough to fit all the groceries into the car, but when we got back the fridge was the next problem! Little did we know both of our other roommates also went grocery shopping that day! Needless to say, we had a full fridge!
On Tuesday we had a real treat! The school took us to the "Splash and Spa" of Switzerland and paid for everyone. LITERALLY WE WENT TO A SPA FOR FOUR HOURS FOR CLASS. If you get a chance, please study abroad at a new university. I have heard rumors of events like this for international students at Virginia Tech, but never dreamed I'd get to be a part one, but in Switzerland, I'm the special kid from a far away land! I didn't take so many photos here because I left my phone and camera in the locker, but it was amazing! My friends Laura (from Barcelona) and Migle (from Lithuania) and I went into a wet sauna that was at 130 degrees Fahrenheit and 100% humidity. Literally it was hard to breathe but that was apparently the point. We also went into a 203 degree Fahrenheit dry sauna, but only lasted a few moments! We had foot treatments, aromatic showers, iodine brine soaks, and laid in warm pools, with underwater water music of course! We finished this just in time to make it to the other part of the facility— the splash side. Lol. Seriously they have water slides and wave pools on one side and a spa on the other. We went down a few slides before deciding we should head back to the spa side!
The next morning we had our Italian final exam! Even though not a single soul studied that night, we all managed to pass! Woo!
On Wednesday night I had some residency things I had to get done, but on Thursday we had a tutorial of the schools machine shop!
I took a photo of the paint room because it was sooooo strange looking! Everything had been covered in a layer of white paint from years of architecture students spray painting models white (what other color is there?¿).
Our last day of class was Thursday, but the school took us to Lugano on Friday. There we went to an art exhibition at the LAC by a German born artist who spent five months in India. In my option, his work was pretty boring, but the process in which he acquired his materials was pretty cool! However I was later informed that he wasn't even the first person to do that so actually this guy sucked. Anyway, here are some photos of the day there and of the exhibit.
(Random side note: I didn't bring any hair tools with me so basically I'm going a year without putting heat on my hair. I'm less than three weeks in and I'm bored to death with my hair. On Thursday I tried French braiding before bed and ended up having pretty nice curls on Friday! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. One student even told me my hair was "perfect and looked like the Olsen twins." I think it's safe to say I'm French braiding every night.)
Here's a funny thing about the exhibit, those little piles of yellow powder and the power covering the floor in the last photo... yeah that 100% straight pollen. Literally you weren't allowed to enter the room if you were allergic to pollen. Their reasoning— you could destroy the art with your sneezes.. no concern for the persons health, just the art. I'm weak.
Lugano is such a cool city. I couldn't help but take some photos around the town!
IT'S FALL YA'LL!
We even had free gelato! In the wise words of Shiyun, "Switzerland has cost me so much, it's about time they give me something for free."