A Cathedral and Chocolate

We have a full week of orientation before class starts and that makes me so happy for a few reasons. 1. I don’t have school for another week. (I sometimes keep forgetting that I’m here for school…but don’t worry it will slap me square in the face on Thursday morning.) 2. It gives us time to get to know our city a bit and settle in. And 3. We have all really been getting to know each other well and we are sort of already becoming a family. I just really love it. It’s only been one day and I can only imagine how much closer we will all become. Ah, it makes me so excited!

On our first day we were introduced to the staff, we filled out forms, and we discussed some of the Swiss culture (like it’s best not to smile at people passing you on the sidewalk unless you have the intention to talk to them – they interpret it as invading their personal space, and therefore find it rude). After that, we all walked through town to the cathedral, where our history professor gave us a tour. It was such a beautiful day outside, so all of the light pouring in through the windows made it even more stunning. The architecture is just to die for.







And on the way back through town, we stopped at a little café to get hot chocolate (In case you didn’t know, the Swiss are known for their chocolate. So, I knew it was going to be good!) The hot chocolate was basically a consistency of melted chocolate! Doesn’t that just sound to die for? I heard it was amazing from those brave souls who ordered the hot version when it was about 80 degrees outside. I chose to go with the cold chocolate, which was quite refreshing! I know I’ll be back there lots for some of their hot chocolate when it gets cold outside. And I am so ready for the day that it starts to get cold…bring it on, Switzerland!!




So far, I am loving every minute of being here! I’ve been told it’s likely that I will face some serious culture shock in the near future…but I’m really enjoying the fact that I love it here. So, pretty please, cross your fingers for me that I don’t suffer too badly from it!

Miss Ivy Sleeps…Everywhere!

It’s been 4 weeks since we went to fetch little Miss Ivy.  She’s quickly made herself comfortable in her new home.  In fact, she sleeps just about anywhere.  Here she is sleeping in my lap her first night home…
Skirt lap

If you are at the table…She’s under your feet!


You can find her sleeping in the shower or under the bed.

Ivy Sleeps

Ivy loves her spot under the coffee table.  There used to be magazines under there but she likes to chew them so they had to go.  This was actually very convenient because it helped me check off #24 on my list of 30 things to do before I’m 30!

Falling asleep with her head hanging off the edge doesn’t look very comfortable.

Falling Ivy

She sleeps at the beach and on the threshold of the door.

Ivy Sleeps 2

She even fell asleep with her head resting on the table stretcher. (I  know you can’t really tell but she is totally asleep!)


She’s cute while she sleeps but she’s even cuter when she’s up and about.  She’s very busy and follows me around wherever I go.  She is the best company and well…she’s my little buddy.

photo-8 copy 2I love my pup!  I love my pup! I love my pup!

Switzerland: Day One

Well it’s official…I have moved to Switzerland! For an entire year! Can you believe it??? I barely can either.


Hannah, Natalie, and I, along with about 60 other Pepperdine students, arrived at LAX at 3 am yesterday (Tuesday) morning to begin our adventure. We landed in Switzerland at 9 am this (Wednesday) morning. And we have been advised to try to stay up until bedtime so that we can best adjust to the time change. However, after hardly sleeping at all during the past 24 hours…we are all struggling a bit, yet, we are determined to power through! It’s just a little bit tough to be as hyped up as I thought I would be when you’re jetlagged and you run into a few surprises (like how 10 girls are sharing 1 shower). Not quite sure how it is all going to work out. But, I know it will and I know it will be all be so worth it in the end. And hey, it is an adventure after all!

I really am so excited for this opportunity to see the world and immerse myself into an entirely new culture and language too! And I know I’ll feel more hyped up about it once I am all unpacked and settled in. I cannot wait to see what this year has in store for me. I have a feeling it’s going to be one I won’t ever forget.

IMG_2724^^Right now, I’m currently staring at this view off of my bedroom balcony. I think I died and went to heaven and I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of staring at this.

I hope each and every one of you are having a happy day!