After the south of France, coming to Switzerland was like coming home. We reconnected with familiar faces as well as met many new ones. I really enjoyed Switzerland for the sense of security it provided. I could walk around in the evening without worry, and people were where they said they’d be at the decided time. Trains were on time and I was more than happy to pay for punctuality.
Staying with family and friends rejuvenated us and lifted our spirits. Because we’re traveling for so long, seeing a friendly face helps put my mind at ease. That’s the amazing thing about having friends around the world — seeing them is like reconnecting with a little piece of home; because however cheesy it sounds, home really is where the heart is and a piece of my heart is definitely in Switzerland.
This wasn’t my first time in the country. During our time there, I thought a lot about the person I was 2 years ago, compared to the person I am now. I had just turned 20 when I went to Basel for my study abroad. So so young. I didn’t know what I was doing and it wasn’t easy, but I knew I’d be okay. I learned how to enjoy the time spent on my own (I had a lot of it), how to stay up until 7am (the Swiss party harder than I thought) and most importantly, the significance of human kindness.
I’ve learned so much and we’re still on our journey, going strong. I can’t tell exactly how, but I can feel myself already changing — in mindset and approach. I don’t know where I’ll be 2 years from now but I know it’s going to be good.
Sending love from the land of cheese and chocolate,