Monday, January 31, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Anyway, two people got pick-pocketed last night at the bar. How much does that suck?! Hannah lost 200 francs and Taylor had his wallet stolen. I feel horrible for them. That's why I keep my money in my handy-dandy storage called my bra. Gooooooooooo me!
This week, I think that life here will actually get going. I'll be going to work on a regular basis and I'll start traveling. I can't wait. It needs to start. UGHHH!!!!!
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I woke up later than I wanted to today, but the reason was that it took forever to fall asleep. Why did I take a two hour nap after baking?!?! Ahhhh!!!!
I made some chocolate chip cookies last night. They were delicious. Though I was a tad disappointed with how they turned out because they weren't the same as back home. But everyone loved them. I know that not just from people saying they were yummy but by the fact that they were gone in less than three hours. I think I made five dozen.
Anyway, back to today. I think Anya's ADD is wearing off on me...or have I always been this scatter brained? Probably the latter.
I woke up and it was just glorious outside. I got dressed and grabbed my books. I went down to the river and read for about fifteen minutes before I got to chilled from the wind when in reality I just didn't want to read and I wanted to wander the city. So I did. :)
I liked just walking. Our group has kind of stayed to the area around our dorm and Old Towne. So I went the opposite direction. I think it was the 'ritzy' part of town. I passed a Chanel, Prada, Hermes, Hugo Boss, and many others. I was like, "Uhhmmmmmm, Swiss people, please don't judge me for my jeans and black jacket over a t-shirt with Gaelic profanity..."
The city is beautiful though. I love it here! As I wandered I just soaked in the beauty of it all. The buildings are huge and have the "European" feeling. Do you think it's because I'm IN Europe? *gasp*
I went into a couple of shops too. One was a bookstore. I know you're shocked that I went into a bookstore... This woman that works there came up to me and said something in French. Hell if I know what she said. She said it while smiling and pointed around the store. I just smiled and nodded back. Damn you language barrier and my laziness not to learn another laguage!!!! Though honestly, I would only learn so much here in elementary french I so what's the point, right?! Though emmersion would rock...CRAP. I also went into this jewlery sho that looked like it would be kind of funky and not too expensive. Well, I was WRONG. I picked up this really cool ring but it cost one hundred francs. ONE HUNDRED FRANCS?!!?! are you kidding me?!
I also found this really cool prouce market that I had heard about. It's just an open air thing. I wanted to buy some veggies but all the vendors were just setting up so I thought, "I'll be back!" But I didn't...Why am I sooo lazy?? I'm actually blaming this one on my sore ankle. I think that's a waaayyyyy better excuse.
After that little adventure of awesome I went back toward the river and ended up by the massive fountain that shoots water into the air. It's a major landmark of the city and it's soooo cool. I also sat by Lake Geneva, which isn't it's real name because the French own half the lake and don't like the Genevians (again, Genevites? Genovians?-that's Princess Diaries, right??) taking all the credit. Silly, cranky French.
The only thing not cool today was that I left my camera on my desk. Ughh...There were some awesome picture opportunities. I'm mad at myself.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
What and AWESOME song. I don't know what it popped in my head, it just did. And I'm ok with that.
Right now I'm sitting in my bed in Geneva, WIDE AWAKE. I hate that. My three roomies are dead asleep. Anya is up in her bed snoring away and talking about something that someone is giving her in her dream. I gotta remember to ask her what it is that she was dreaming about...I probably won't, which will suck...damn you, you incompetent memory!!!
Today kind of sucked. Not gonna lie. I was alone for the most part in the beginning. Everyone has classes all day on Tuesdays and I do not. I got up late and then I just kinda lolled around. Not. A. Fan. Plus it didn't help that I had a load of dung on my brain that was just not cool.
I hate missing everyone and everything. It makes my life not fun and ya know what?! My life should be nothing short of fun. I'm in flipping Europe. So you know what I did?! I went to H&M and bought some clothes. Yay...shopping at an American store. I'm so broadening my horizons here...NOT.
Anyway, I thought that since I can't sleep at all and I've been trying to for over and hour and I've read and done deep breathing to try and coax myself into unconciousness and nothing has worked, that I would actually write for my 30 Days of Truth. I know you're shocked. It's like I forgot about it or something...ha...ha...ha...why would I ever do that? You must be crazy...
Something or someone you could live without
So. Something or someone....hmmmm....well, I would think I would have to pick sadness. I hate being sad and I've done enough of that crap this past year. I would like to kick sadness in the ass and tell it to get crack-a-lackin' out of my life.
I mean, who likes to be sad except masocistic people?! I have noooo room to talk,although I've been really really really good lately. You should be TOTALLY proud of me :D just sayin'... But for real. Being sad blows more than losing your finger to a table saw. It's stupid, unnecessary, and painful. Especially since it usually happens in an unexpected way... I mean, who EXPECTS to saw off their finger? I mean really. And it's hard to get over being sad. I know it took me a long time and some days I still need to smack myself really hard in the face and yes I do mean literally smack myself in the face... to snap myself back to reality and stop myself from doing something stupid. Like being a facebook stalker. Go. Me. I rock. NOT.
I know I didn't do a resolution post like most bloggers. I think it's because I don't know if I have ever actually kept a resolution. Plus they're usually something stupid like, "Oh, this year I'm going to stop being a porker and actually take care of myself and lose weight." Guess who alway loses that one? Omg, you're right! It's me!!!
This year is different though. I'm not making a resolution so much as a goal. I know, I know, they're practically the same thing. But I don't want to make this goal just for 2011. I want to make it for my life. I want to make it a goal to continue to be happy. I've worked my little butt and I mean literally, I basically have no ass left off this year to be a better and happier person. I like who I've become. I've come into my own and I've gotten rid of the sad for the most part and I like that. I think that 2011 is the beginning of something that could be great and I'm looking forward to what is going to happen. Not only on this little trip of mine, but for the rest of my life. I think it could be something great.
I know this trip is going to be just fantastic, but I wish that I could just keep everything straight. I'm missing home and my friends. Especially Denise...I need her. She would know what to tell me. Plus she would give me one of her mondo awesome hugs with a back rub. Oh, how I miss those...
The jet lag has worn off and I feel like my routine is starting a little since classes started and I'm meeting with my internship advisor on Thursday, but I miss everything. I miss the familiarity. I miss home, and my mom, and my bed.
Like I said before, the people on this trip are great people, but I just don't have the same bond with them yet because it's only been a week (it feels longer...). Hopefully this all will pass.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
I know it's hard to see but there is a bar that is the height of the world record high jump. Let's just say it was taller than the tallest guy on out trip...he's 6'5".
Yes these are abs, and yes when I saw them I said, "Daaaaammmmnnn." lol! They move too to make different shapes of awesome.
After the shortest museum visit of my life we went to this huge tower. And yes we climbed all of the steps. It was sooo beautiful.
I was soooooo out of breath after walking up these stairs. It was also hilarious that while walking up the steps, Milo looked at me and said, "Ellen, these steps are slippery. Hold on to the railing so you don't fall and hurt yourself again." -Glad that my clumsiness has made it's mark. :D
I got sooo many pictures. I like this one of me!
Near the fondue place was a magnificent cathedral. It just took my breath away. I walked in and just stared. Then I took a bazillion photos. And yes I had to take them in black and white. It was an old church. It needed to be done.
Then we went to the castle. Yes. A castle. It was flipping awesome. I couldn't believe that I was in a castle. A CASTLE. I'm sorry I keep saying that. I'm redundant. BUT A CASTLE?!
Ok, I'm done saying that now....I promise. No I don't. Ahhhh.... This trip is just too much. Lol! But without any further ado...this is the Chateau de Chillon. Oh! And there is this old dude named Oliver that lives there. Wouldn't it be the coolest thing to say, "Yeah, I live in a castle. Whatevs."
I bonded with some of the girls on Friday night, which was just so much fun. We laughed and we cried. We talked about our ex's and how crappy they are. I just feel so close to these people already and I love it. Especially Adrianne and Alyssa. We're going to be travel buddies when we get out Eurail passes, which will just be soooo awesome! And it works because we seem to want to go to the same places. Wooottt!!
Yesterday night was CA-RAZY. We went to Spring Brother's, which is an Irish pub over in Old Towne that we all went to on Thursday night. It was so much fun. We were talking to locals and drinking and talking. I don't want to think about all the stuff I heard that went down though. All I know is that it was weird and that it was hilarious. This is going to be an interesting semester to say the least.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
And this one!
Plus, look at this church. I mean, gorgeous.
We also went grocery shopping today. That was an experience. The stupid store had like no order and I wanted to scream at the ninnys who set it up. So after walking the store about five or six times I decided I had everything. It was difficult though, to say the least. Everything was i French. I mean, I know I'm in a French speaking country, but come on. People speak English here too, right? haha...
It was a stressful day. Lots and lots of walking and freezing my non-existant tush off. I needed chocolate and a beer. Both of which a got, so huzzah!
And I got to talk to my mom so that was good since I hadn't spoken to her since I left. I miss that lady.
All in all, good day numero 2. Just long and tiring. Looking forward to my cozy bed with the three pillows I took. :) hehe...I'm awesome like that. Girls gotta have something to cuddle with, right?
Monday, January 3, 2011
Seriously though, I just don't know what to do with myself. I'm currently sitting in this group room in Newark, New Jersey and I feel like the airport has decided that we Kent students are icky and need to be sequestered so as to not bother the normal people. But hey, we're cool. And we don't bite....much. ;)
The flight from Cleveland was pretty good. However, the airport itself was-i guess the word would be- oy. Yes, oy sounds good. I got to the airport a little late so that was stressing me out on top of the pure exhaustion that I was experiencing. Then I sat at the airport cafe with my mom and brother. Which was weird because the brother was being grumpy and my mom was quiet in anticipation of my departure ( I think ). It was weird leaving...
So after a tearful good-bye, I got in line for security with my monumental amount of crap that are my carry-ons. I had three, yes three, of those gray bins PLUS my rolley bag. Too much stuff! But I did have only one checked bag so that was an accomplishment. :) I got throug security with no problem until I had to go through AGAIN. Apparently carrying water in a waterbottle is a no-no. My bad...
So after being escorted out of the security area so I could dump said bottle of water I had to go through security again. BAHHH! I was annoyed and the woman checking my ticket for the second time commented on my annoyed face. Guess what lady, you'd be pissed too if this were you so look away from my face so I don't punch you in the nose. Thank you.
The flight was good though. Not too bumpy and I actually had a good seat. I got to see downtown Cleveland AND Manhattan. It was cool! I got some pictures out of my window, I'll post them later.
Talk to you when I'm in Geneva!