Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Trip Start Aug 17, 2010
18Trip End Dec 30, 2010
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After making it onto the airplane around 9 o'clock in the morning, I managed to fall asleep before we even took off the runway. This moment was quite a feat considering how nervous I still get before every flight. The EgyptAir flight from Cairo to Geneva, Switzerland was very nice, probably one of the best I have had my entire trip (probably because I was sleeping the entire time). Mario's dad, Franco had a good point when he mentioned that this was probably due to the fact that there are so many international diplomats flying to Geneva, so logically, they would use the newest planes. Once the plane landed in Geneva, I successfully made it through customs, baggage claims, and such, when I then walked out to meet Franco. It was great to see a friendly face after about 12 hours of recognizing no one
The next morning I woke up to the snowfall I had been demanding in Switzerland since I first talked about visiting Mario about a year ago. Outside the scene was gorgeous! For those who are not keeping up with dates, this day was Christmas Eve, the date where many European peoples, including the Swiss, celebrate Christmas.
On Christmas day, we all went tromping out into the snow for a perfect walk through a true winter wonderland. Honestly, the scenery was gorgeous, something I thought I would only see in pictures. While out, it started to snow again. After the walk, we came back in and enjoyed the soup from the night before. We hung out the rest of the day, warming up our bitterly cold extremities. For the 26th, we went to Franco's mom's apartment with all of his family. The day/night was great fun, and reminded me of when all of my family gets together for holidays. Loud and crazy, but still full of family and great times. Franco's mom lives on the other side of Switzerland, which is only about 2 hours away, making me realize how small the country really is. Also, on the way back, it was -15 degrees Celsius, talk about cold. The next day, we went into Lucerne and did some after Christmas shopping. After, we met for some delicious dessert and coffee, then we headed back home for racklette (I hope that spelling is close, but I doubt it)
In the morning, we got up early to head to the airport. The day before I was getting a bit worried because a major snow storm hit the US while I was in Switzerland and I was hoping my flights into and out of Philadelphia would not be canceled. After checking my bags (which I did not go overweight on) and getting my boarding pass, the Cozzios and I headed to a little cafe for one last coffee before I trekked across the airport to my gate. It was hard to say goodbye to everyone not knowing when I would be back, but I know it will not be too terribly long. I made my way through the airport and onto the plane. Sadly, there was no seatback entertainment on the flight, but they did play Eat, Pray, Love on the screen which I had been dying to see since I finished reading the book in Cairo. The flight seemed like it would never end and I could hardly sleep. I am not quite sure if it was the anticipation of returning home or the fact that the flight was just incredibly long
Look out for one more blog, featuring my first weeks at home and expectations. Also, if you're still reading, feel free to let me know in the comment box. :)