Since I wasn’t able to fly back to the States to spend Christmas with my family, I decided to spend Christmas in Switzerland with my “family”. For me, i feel as though my friends and host families there are actual family. They mean so much to me and have played an important role in my life. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to spend another Christmas in Switzerland.
In attempt to save money, I decided to use a car sharing website that a friend told me about. It’s like a formal way of hitchhiking. You create an account and you can look up if someone is driving to or near the city of your choice. At first, I was a bit hesitant to try it. But then I thought…when in Europe…why not!? I ended up finding someone that was driving from Frankfurt directly to Burgdorf, which is exactly where I wanted to go. Not only that, buy it only cost 25€ for the whole journey which it would have cost twice as much with the train. All in all, it was a great experience. The driver and his wife were really nice plus they drove a fancy BMW which made for a comfortable car ride. I never felt afraid or anything. I didn’t have to worry about anything, so I was just able to read and sleep. It was rather pleasant. I think it was a great experience and plan to do it again for future trips!
When I arrived, it was snowing and quite magical. I stayed with my friend Debi and her family, who showed me such wonderful hospitality. They are amazing people and I’m glad I’ve gotten to know them. Even though I never lived with them or anything, they’re always willing to host me. While I was at Debi’s, I ate lots of delicious food and enjoyed some good fellowship. I made chocolate chip cookies as gifts for my families as well as Debi’s family. They were a huge success. On my last night at Debi’s, she surprised me by having a Tex Mex dinner! It was so wonderful!!
On the 23rd, I went to stay with my first host family. They celebrate Christmas on the 24th with a delicious meal, singing and presents. I really like the way they do presents. You only buy a present for someone if you find the perfect gift for them. My host mom had a present for me but I wasn’t allowed to open it until the next day when my host siblings girlfriend and husband were there too. The whole evening was wonderful and I even went to the midnight church service in the town church.
On Christmas Day, we went to my host mom’s sister house. For lunch, we had raclette which is one of my favorite meals. It’s so much and delicious. After lunch, I was finally allowed to open my present. My step mom had made me pajama pants with cute little frogs on them! I really liked them. My siblings and their partners received matching pjs with hearts on the butts. They were adorable. I’m thankful that I was able to spend time with my wonderful host family for Christmas.
On the 27th, I rode the train to see my third host family, who moved to Neuchatel 3 years ago. I had yet to visit this family, so I was excited to see them. After a few mishaps, I finally made it to their new home, which has one of the best views of Lake Neuchatel. Anyways, I spent a couple of days with this family. It was almost as if nothing had changed. There was so much going with so many different people coming and going. It reminded me of my time with them. I really enjoyed spending time with them, especially my little host sister, Aurelie.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take very many pictures from Switzerland, but here are a few from my time there: