Astrid’s Adventures In Switzerland and Austria
This February break took me very, very far away from Chelmsford, Massachusetts. In fact it brought me to a whole nother continent. That being Europe, specifically: Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. Since the trip was 10 days long I will write a short section for each place.
Days 1 – 2: The Flight and Zürich, Switzerland
Just a few hours after school on February 10, me and my family headed off to Logan Airport to catch our flight to Zürich, Switzerland. We took a bus from a few towns over and arrived at the airport. After making it through all of the security, we waited around an hour and then boarded our flight. The flight was a bit over 6 hours so dinner and breakfast were both served. I watched a few movies and listened to music on the small screens installed on the back of each seat to pass the time. When we finally arrived it was early afternoon on Thursday. This is because the time zone there is six hours ahead of what it is in Massachusetts. We went through customs and hopped onto a train that would bring us to a station close to where we were staying. We walked from there to the apartment that we would be staying in while in Zürich. After unpacking we got ready to explore the city for the rest of the afternoon. The next night was also spent walking the maze of cobblestone streets.
Zürich is a very old city, it’s origins dating back all the way to around 15BC. It started as a few settlements before the Romans came and turned it into a customs station. Zürich slowly expanded, but it was only in 1218, when the last member of the ruling family died, that it became a free city. Over the next thousands of years, Zürich would be slowly industrialized and become the bustling city it is today.
The second day in Dalaas was when the fun really started. We decided (other than my dad) to toboggan for the first day and ski the next. Sonnenkapf, the popular ski mountain we were near, has a toboggan run that is over a mile long! Going up the ski lift to the top of the run made realize how huge the Alps really are. We weren’t even at the top of the mountain, but it made the White Mountains seem like anthills compared to the Alps. It took a few runs to get the hang of tobogganing, but once we did, we ended up tobogganing the rest of the day.
Our host at the guest house/farm explained to us the the fire was to signify the ending of the winter and beginning of spring.
On our final day in Dalaas we finally went skiing. The Alps are famous for their many ski mountains/resorts, but we just stuck with Sonnenkapf. The entire day we were skiing in the clouds and sometimes, above them. At one point we decided to go to the very top and ski from there. Once we were up there we realized we could hardly see ten feet in front of us! By the end of the day we were all exhausted and just wanted to go back to the guest house to warm up.