Gutentag blog goers! today I’m sharing a little piece of my weekend in Switzerland with -you. This is definitely something that is long overdue and it is definitely my least fashion-y post to date, but I was sorting through pictures on my phone and I just kept coming back to these ones and remembering how much fun it was, and how beautiful it was, and then I realized I’d never even made a blog post about Switzerland! Which is like my favorite place I’ve ever been! So I thought I’d share a little bit on the blog today, since I have a lot of time on my hands now that my school has been postponed a week (thanks hurricane Irma…. and Jose… and Katia…). Okay, well first of all I’d like to say if you haven’t been to to Switzerland (or Europe at all for that matter) go. Go right now. I’ve wanted to go to the Swiss alps my whole life, and since I spent the summer in Italy I figured there was no better time, because it was only a few train rides away! We (me and my bestie Sara) booked our train tickets through Rail Europe and we literally had the hardest time, because we wanted to go to Zermatt and see the Matterhorn but there were literally no trains that could get us from Florence to Zermatt without switching trains seven times and paying way more than we could afford. So we settled for the equally beautiful town of Chur. It’s a much less well known place, and I’m convinced we were the only tourists there, which was awesome. And if you ever get the chance to get over to the Swiss Alps, you HAVE to take the Bernina Express train, it’s a panoramic train car that takes you on a 4 hour journey through the alps, and it’s one of the coolest and most breathtaking things I’ve ever done. So write that down right now, Bernina Express. Isn’t that amazing?? As for our “hotel” we stayed at a cute little Air b n b which also happened to be the only one in all of Chur…. again, not a very touristy area. But it was pretty nice, although if I were to do it again I would definitely stay somewhere a little closer to the Old Town because it was a lot of walking, and we failed to think that Chur might not have Uber. They don’t. But anyway, me and Sara experienced a little miracle that first night, but it’s a looonnggg story, so skip to the bottom paragraph if you just want to read about fashion and such. Anyway, we got there on Friday at around 7 and checked in to our place, and we got off to a little bit of a rocky start. Sara had been really sick on the train, and it wasn’t getting better. On our walk to our Air b n b, we had to stop every couple of minutes so she could sit down, and I felt so awful that she was so sick because we just wanted to enjoy it so badly. We eventually found our way there, after figuring out to say “can you help me?” in German, and getting some directions from a blind Italian man (yes. blind. He also didn’t speak German. oops.) After we got there we decided to go wander around and find something to eat, because Sara hadn’t eaten anything in two days and decided it was worth it to be in a little pain walking around in order to get to a restaurant and get some food to feel better. This is where our mini miracle started. We walked around and Sara was really struggling, I felt so terrible but the only thing we could do was try and get to a restaurant. We finally found a restaurant called “Scaletta” and we were so relieved! But we looked at the menu and quickly realized that this restaurant was not in our poor, 19 year old college girl budget. Everything on the menu was at LEAST 30 franks, which equals like $37 or so. We were super discouraged and tired and hungry, but we just kept walking, following the road to a restaurant we saw on google maps. When we finally got to the “restaurant” we realized that siri had led us astray (GASP) and we were left standing in front of an abandoned sports stadium. I still don’t know how Siri had the audacity to take us there but that’s where we were. I can’t even begin to tell you guys how FRUSTRATED we were, and right at that moment, it started raining- no POURING. We were both on the verge of tears. Lost, tired, hungry, and Sara was in so much pain. I think we both said little prayers in our mind that we would be able to find somewhere to eat and someone who could help us find a doctor, as it was almost 10:00 pm and every doctor’s office was closed for the weekend. After a little bit of prayerful deliberation we decided to head back towards the first restaurant. We knew it was really expensive but at that point we didn’t care, we just had to get somewhere where someone could help us and Sara could get something to eat. So in the pouring rain, we slowly made our way back towards Scaletta. When we got there we walked inside soaking wet, freezing cold, and completely miserable. We felt like our whole trip was ruined, especially because we only had a weekend to spend there and everything possible was going wrong. Sara went downstairs to use the restroom and I started chatting with the owner and his wife. They happened to be Italian, which was nice because after spending so long in Italy, it was much more familiar than German. We still had a bit of a language barrier, but I did my best to explain to them that my friend was sick and that we needed a doctor. They were some of the sweetest people I’ve ever met in my life, and they wanted to do everything they could to help us. They gave me the phone number of a Pharmacy inside of the train station that we could go to where there could contact an on-call doctor. I thanked her and told her that I thought my friend really needed to eat something first and that we would like to sit down and order. Once we were sitting down, the owner took care of us like family. He brought us drinks and kept coming back to check and make sure Sara was okay. After about 15 minutes, they still hadn’t brought us menus, so I flagged down the woman and asked her if we could see a menu because we were so hungry, she looked confused and responded “Oh no, my husband already started making something for you, is that okay?” We weren’t really sure why he had already begun cooking for us when we hadn’t ordered, but we really didn’t care. We just wanted to get food and get to the doctor. A couple minutes later, the owner brought out two beautiful plates of pasta for us. It was probably the most delicious pasta I’ve ever had in my life, which was a miracle in and of itself, because I’ve had a lot of dang good pasta. Sara started to feel a lot better and after a while of just sitting there with empty plates, the owner’s wife came over to check on Sara and make sure she was feeling better. She assured her she was doing better and we told her we were ready for the check. She looked startled at our request and responded “oh, no! My husband says this meal is for you from us, and he wishes you all the best.” After a couple minutes of trying to insist that we pay for their generosity, she simply would not take no for an answer. I have literally never felt my heart so full in my life. We walked back into the kitchen to shake the owner’s hand and thank him for his kindness. As Sara and I walked out of the restaurant into the crisp night air of Chur, we looked at each other and without words we both began sobbing. I cannot even express to you guys how grateful we were and how touched by their kindness we were. It is so true that God answers prayers through others! That couple at Scaletta were definitely our angels that night, and after that, everything was perfect. We got Sara the medical care she needed at the E.R. the next morning, and we spent the rest of our time in Chur sightseeing, eating wiener-schnitzel, and shopping. If you are every in Chur, listen closely. Take a bus from the train station up even higher into the mountains into Churwalden. There is a toboggan run (similar to the one in Park City) that stretches down the whole mountain side, for 3 miles. It was hands down the funnest thing I’ve ever done in my life. It took about five minutes to get from top to bottom, and we were the only ones there, in fact, we were probably the only two people within ten miles of the place. So if you’ve actually made it this far in the blog post, first of all thank you for reading all of this blabbing, and second of all GO TO CHUR. Go right now, go have the time of your life and stuff your face with fondue, yodel all the way down the toboggan run, spend $40 on wiener-schnitzel (it’s worth it I promise!), and definitely go eat at Scaletta, and give them a big huge hug and a thank you from me.
Well that’s all for today! Sorry this blog post was totally not even about fashion, and sorry it was so long and rambly, I hope you were inspired by the generosity of these strangers, because I know I was!
Have a great Thursday 🙂