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Study Abroad Switzerland: A Charming Adventure

Classes have been done for about a week, and I’m spending my sweet time traveling through a few more countries before we head back for the U.S. Our first stop was to Lucerne, Switzerland! We were welcomed by a very kind Airbnb host, Hena, who resided in a quaint suburban neighborhood surrounded by fall-colored trees and mountains! We had read on the Airbnb website that he provided breakfast, and it was outstanding—freshly baked bread from a local bakery, locally jarred jams, and “cheese from the mountain.” It was one of the cutest ways we could have been greeted on our journey. The … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Europe: Balancing Budget

One thing that is very important to keep in mind before and during your travels is your budget. We are going to talk about what you need to think about when your budgeting your money for a trip. What you don’t want is to be in the middle of your trip and be without any money. This will put you in mad situations that you don’t want to be in. You might have to give up some rare and fun opportunities which would be a huge bummer. Before you go on your trip, make sure you have budgeted out your money. Here are a few things you need to calculate before you go: Meals Hotels, hostels, or … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Switzerland: Camping in Ze Alps

This past weekend Brooke and I decided to have a little introvert retreat to the Swiss Alps. We knew we wanted to go paragliding in Interlaken, have fondue, and stay somewhere by the mountains. We found a cute Air BNB RV at a campground in a little ski town outside of Interlaken. Then, we bought our tickets for paragliding online and we were ready to go! (Side note: our mothers were never informed of our paragliding plans, why worry them, right?) The train ride to Switzerland from Maastricht is not a short one. We woke up at 5 am and finally arrived at the campground at 7 pm. To top off … [Read more...]

Group Travel Switzerland: A View From The Top

Hey fellas! Well for my second weekend of studying abroad in Europe we decided to go ahead and take a train out to Switzerland. We had to wake up at around 6AM and ended up reaching Zurich at around 3 or 4. Most of the main things started to close around 6 so by the time we got settled into our hostel it was too late to do all the big things. However, we did roam the city. And it was incredibly beautiful, being basically built on a river. We wandered through old town and scavenged for Swiss chocolate. Nothing too exciting that day. (This brings me to TIP 1: try to take night trains! Not only … [Read more...]

Everybody’s Somebody in Bern, Switzerland

My train pulled into the Bern central station two hours late. I peered through the foggy windows into the dimly lit station and called the mystery number in my phone. “Is this Sam?” I asked.  “Yes. Is this Vince?”  “Yep.”  “Great. See you soon.”  I walked towards the main hub of the train station and saw my friend Caleb standing with a group of three guys. One of three flagged me down and introduced himself as Sam.  “So you’re the one we’re staying with?” I asked.  “Yep. Welcome to Bern,” he spoke quietly but smiled warmly. Sam introduced me to his friends Benji and Gardner and then … [Read more...]

Group Tours to Europe: Get Lost!

As I travel around Europe on this student group travel tour, getting lost has been a regular occurrence. I definitely consider myself directionally challenged, and city maps and street signs here might as well be Egyptian hieroglyphics. My past two weekend destinations have been Zermatt, Switzerland and Prague, Czech Republic. Zermatt, with its cliff-hugging alpine hiking trails and Prague, with its winding cobblestone streets, offered plenty of opportunities to get lost. As soon as Patrick and I arrived in Zermatt, in an impulsive decision, we decided to hike towards the Matterhorn. … [Read more...]

Living the Swiss Life

Is there more to Switzerland than chocolate and cheese? Sure, there's extreme sports, beautiful landscape—and did we mention delicious chocolate? Okay, so there's a reason the Swiss are known for it. Baylor in Maastricht group study abroad student, Danny Huizinga, got to experience this sweet—er Swiss—life firsthand.  When we decided to go to Interlaken, Switzerland on a whim this weekend, I had no idea how glorious this place would be! Switzerland is truly breathtaking. The air just seems fresher, and even though there’s snow everywhere, it’s not even that cold! Switzerland … [Read more...]

A Swiss [Cheese, Chocolate, Alps] Photo Blog

Switzerland warmly welcomed some of our Baylor in Maastricht study abroad students over the weekend. A group travel tour filled with paragliding, strangers-turned-friends, villages, Swiss Alps, train rides, chocolates, breathtaking views, and even a base-jumping championship--- we decided to let the photos do the storytelling this week. *Photo credit: Tim Phillips (and if Tim's mom is reading this, he dedicated a few shots to you...can you guess which ones?)      Want to send your students on a Swiss adventure? Let us bid on your upcoming study abroad … [Read more...]

Baylor in Maastricht: Switzerland

By Madeline Wieters I love the mountains more than almost anything in this world. I love the quote from John Muir, "The mountains are calling, and I must go," because there are some days that I would literally give anything to just sit under the Aspens and stare at the Rockies in the perfect mountain air. I live in a constant countdown from one trip to Colorado to the next. That's why I'm moving to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. We decided on Switzerland on Monday, booked our hostel that night, and our night train on Tuesday morning to complete our group travel. I left Thursday evening … [Read more...]

Baylor in Maastricht: From Lichtenstein to the Swiss Riviera

Baylor in Maastricht

By Maddie Sligh A leisurely bus ride began our group travel on day three to Lichtenstein. Most of our group had never fathomed going to this small nation, but the visit was a delight. The municipality is surrounded by Germany, but has established itself as a small, yet independent land in entirely their own element. Our group then had lunch and paused for pictures outside the Lake Lucerne. Easily the highlight of day three was the gorgeous city of Montreux. Situated between the towering Alps and the beautiful Lake Geneva, Montreux is what I picture when I think of Switzerland. The … [Read more...]

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