Day trip to Milan
Monday night returning from Cinque Terre was spent for free back in the Villa Maderni and today my same group of 11 decided to go to Milan. We were able to get on a train route that was less direct but didn’t have any annoying reservation fees (we were all still baffled at the fact that we paid 1300 dollars or so for our Eurorail pass and have already had to pay heavily for 2 train...
Cliff jumping at Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre
First trip outside of Switzerland: Cinque Terre
What better way to kick off a study abroad experience than going to Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera for our long weekend?? Right after our BIT final exam was over on Saturday morning my group of 11 raced out to the train station for our first independent trip. The train ride from Capolago to Milano Centrale was an interesting learning experience in itself. The group of 4 (including myself)...
Kayaks, Paddle boats, and Mass
Today was the last day before my group leaves for Cinque Terre. It was another great day in Riva San Vitale - you might think that in such a small town you would’ve seen and done all there is in a day or so. Not true. I had the best time today with my friends Matt, Alex, Kyle, and Ya-Zhen discovering the place to rent kayaks, wind surfing boards, and paddle boats. We went out on Lake...
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Hike to top of Monte San Giorgio
Today a large group of us hiked to the top of Monte San Giorgio, a pyramid-shaped thick wooded mountan (1,096 meters above sea level), to the south of Lake Lugano in Ticino. It’s known as the best fossil record of marine life from the Triassic Period (that’s 245-230 million years ago!). The entire hike took about 5 hours, including the trip to the top and back down, as well as our 1...
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Trip to Bellinzona
A large group of us went to Bellinzona, Switzerland today to experience the town culture (especially the street market around noon) and see three 1200-1400 AD castles. We were able to tour two of them inside and out and the weather and view could not have been better!