Soo.. life has been rather busy but I can't complain. This post is going to catch up on everything that I have been up to over these past few weeks. Time has felt a lot longer than it has been but I suppose that happens when you drink a lot of coffee and don't stop traveling.
So first things first.. my brother visited! Thats right.. my brother popped in for the weekend.. He has a fancy job for United airlines and he was bit by the travel bug so two days of travel for two days of hanging out in Switzerland was just a casual weekend for him. However, I would say it was beyond worth it.
The first thing that my brother and I did was go to CERN. CERN is a center for nuclear research. In short it is an underground headquarters where a bunch of physicists try to recreate the big bang by releasing protons and neutrons into an accelerator hoping that during their guided underground journey they will collide. The wall my brother and I are standing in front of is supposed to show what the inside of an accelerator looks like. .. Lots of wires.. lots of things that only the smartest people in our world can comprehend. .. CERN is also where the internet was invented! It was first developed as a way for physicists to seamlessly pass information. So I would say it is one of the most influential places in our world. It was very interesting to just be in the presence of something so impactful.
Yet, why stop with just nuclear science. We decided to stop by one of the other most influential places in our world, the United Nations. These two images are from our tour of the United Nations. On the left is the Human Rights Chamber ceiling. The design appropriately fits the meeting room and was even more intricate and interesting in person. On the right is another iconic symbol of the United Nations in Geneva. This 39foot chair stands strong with a broken leg in representation of the rights of the disabled.
International Tattoo Convention!
Okay so I didn't get a tattoo.. but my roommate did! Geneva is know for their international festivals and this one was rather underwhelming but it was still interesting to be surrounding by the worlds best tattoo artists handpicked and invited to participate in a festival of ink.
So this is my bathroom in my dorm. Just kidding...... On day two of my brother coming we went to the city of Montreux and went on a tour of the Chillon Castle. This photo is an example of the bathrooms that they used to have back in 1005 when the first recorded use of the castle was.
Since the first record of the castle there were many different political uses. However, I read the wikipedia page after leaving and it claims that this is the castle that is depicted in Little Mermaid. I can't claim that this was stated anywhere during my visit but I will say that a google image search didn't seem to lie to me.
This photo is from the top of the castle, in the distance you can see the Swiss alps peaking through.
On our adventure to the castle, we found this ascetically pleasing spot. The circle bench perfectly frames the castle and I just had to take a picture.
International Film Festival!
After passing this sign everyday on my commute to school, I decided to look it up. One night myself and some friends decided to check out one of the movies playing and it was an awesome experience. The film we ended up seeing was a documentary called: Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World. The film was about the evolution of the internet and the way that information and technology plays into our world. I was beyond impressed with the film and I am certainly satisfied the festivals I have attended in Geneva thus far.
Italian Alps in Cervinia !
This is the Italian side of Zermatt meaning the other side of the mountain is Switzerland. So if you went skiing you had to bring your passport because you could literally ski into another country.
Sooo... I went to Italy! Not not your typical Italian view but I will tell you that I was far from disappointed. The food was amazing the alps were beautiful.... Except for the part when I got high altitude sickness. Long story short I had to go to an Italian ER which was only a trauma unit so they gave me a shot in to open my lungs because asthma was not on my side this weekend. Besides the fact that they didn't charge me, check my ID, ask for insurance and that I was in an ER surgical room but it helped my struggle to breathe.. That being said for everyone who is wondering.. I did not get to ski but if you are wondering why you now know, the alps literally took my breath away.
This is a photo of me with the alps smiling because I could finally go outside and breathe!!
The photos below are from the cablecar that I took to the top of the alps. The second photo is the iconic matterhorn and the rest are what I took during my adventure to the top.
Barcelona, Spain !
So to finally catch up to speed.. This past weekend I went to Spain! Below is a photo of me in the main square. The weather was beautiful and the city was just as amazing.
Friends and mosaics!
During our time in Spain we went to Park Güell which was designed by the famous artist Antonio Gaudí. Below is a picture from the park.
The last thing that we did was go to La Sagrada Familia. This was one of the most beautiful basilicas that I have ever seen. The structure is not completed because Gaudí did not finish it while he was alive. So instead it relies solely on donations to fund the construction of his design. Below is a series of photos from my visit.
This is all for now! More adventures to come :)