Saturday, June 25, 2011

Lindsay doesn't like to be touched, Pam didn't get the memo. She was tired.
Being cute on Sunday in our dresses.
I was obviously the only one ready in this pic!
Lindsay almost got hit by a bus. These are our "OH MY GOSH, Lindsay you almost got hit by a bus" faces:)

June 12th Sunday

Today was wonderful for two reasons. One we got a free day and two I got to go to church!! It started with me being able to get all ready and go to breakfast. At breakfast Dominique told me he watched my fb video of the cow fight, and that my reflexes saved my life! I told him it was a combination of being around rodeo my whole life and being a goalie the other half! HA! He is great! We caught the 9 train to Lausanne and a group of us went to the museum there. A famous designer names Stagmiser had an exhibition there and it was amazing, he really pushes his design. His company works 7 years and then take 1 off! Such an amazing idea! We left at 11:30 to catch the 11:48 train to Geneva. We got there at 12:30 and started looking or the church. Finally after God's mercy and sending us help and people and Pam's awesome directing skills we found the church. so we still had about 45 mins. until church started so we looked for food. It is hard on Sundays because nothing is opened here. We ended up finding a place next to a movie theater and the 6 of us shared a pizza for only 26 frank which was good. Then we went to church! It was so good to inside those walls. My soul jumped for joy and felt peace and comfort! It was an English speaking ward so everyone was so nice and asking us where we were from and what we were doing and welcomed us. The speakers talked about designing your life in a round about way. We got out at 3:30 got invited by the activities coordinators to some single activities that weekend ha ha, and then made our way back to Aigle and Leysin. It was fun we had some layovers so we got ice cream and played some made up games. Then came back had dinner and went to bed! GOOD DAY!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

June 11th Saturday

Today we woke up at 5:30 which was not fun! Breakfast was at 6 and the train left at 6:58. We then got on a bus in Martigny and drove up to the Valaisan Alps. Then walked to the Alpine pasture "Combat of the Queens" natural arena. We went on the side of this hill to the outside of the twine that made a large arena on the hill. Then the brought out the cows. The cows have been locked up all winter long and this is the first time they are taken to pasture. The cows are moody, pregnant, and ready to fight. It was freezing there and poeple weren't dressed as well as they should have been. We stood around for an hour then Kaitlyn and I decided to walk around take some pictures and get warm. At about 11:20 we were standing by some of the group watching two cows fight. All of sudden they broke through the little string that made there arena. We all backed away thinking I was out of the way, when all of a sudden one of the cows headed straight for me. I back peddled for a while when I realized I needed to get out of the way. So as it's head and horn hit my side I dove out of the way and landed hard on my elbow. I immediately jumped up and ran away so I didn't get hit again! I came back to the group and everyone was thinking it was awesome and scary at the same time:) Luckily Russell one of the boys got it all on film. After making sure I was ok. We all walked down to where Dominique was BBQing. After lunch Angela, Kaitlyn, the dogs and I went for a little hike in the mountains! It was absolutely beautiful. It was time to head back to Leysin so Bob said we could either wait where we were for 3 hours or we could start walking and meet the bus. We decided to walk. We walked for about 35 minutes and reached the town, Bob said we could sit or walk another hour and make it to the next bus stop. So a small group of us including Bob and Angela and Kaitlyn took off down the mountain. We kept a brisk pace and enjoyed the scenery. However stop after stop we came too was not the correct stop. So after 1 hour and 30 mins of walking and only 13 mins to make it to stop we didn't know where it was Bob found a person to ask for directions. She told us it was a 10 minute jog. So off we went running to get to the next stop. We finally made it and 2 minutes later the bus came! Dinner was gross tonight fondue that was not good with bread. After dinner, Angela came to my room and brought me ice for my elbow and called her husband because he is a PA. She told him what happened and after he laughed for an hour. He finally asked me some questions and we ruled it out being broken. Then we had a meeting for school. After we watched some educational films, and welcomed Craig Jessop who is our dean. Big things are going down it is exciting!
More of the beautiful view!
Cows and their bells!
Me and the mountains!
This is for your Grandma! Esther was my Great Grandma!
Me and the butterfly that just chilled with me and the view of the mountains!

June 10th Friday

Today we woke up LATE! Breakfast was at 7 and that is when we woke up. So I threw on clothes and put my hair up and headed to breakfast. Talia has been sick and she had to go to the hospital today with Dominique. Anyways after we got on the train and started the 3 and a half hour train ride and gondala ride to Lauterbrunnen Valley in Murren. It was basically a day to meditate and we needed it. It has been almost two weeks and everyone is starting to get worn down. I think we underestimated Bob's warnings of hard travel. Every day is a new challenge or perspective and each night we come home physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually wasted. We basically just hiked around the little towns and then through the forest to an over look place where we had about and hour and a half to meditate. I wrote two poems and took tons of pictures. Then we hiked down and Bob showed us a little honesty store. Which is a store where no one watch's it. They have things for sale and you just leave the money. It was amazing to me! Next we took forever to get back and then we all tried to go to bed early since we had to get up at 5:30!
Me, Claude, and Ali.
Me Listening to Claude.
Reproduction Circle.
Deer skulls and antlers.
Flamingo's that the Museum has on display.

June 9th Thurs.

Today is Lori's birthday!! So last night we planned a special dance with our friend Sam. I'll just say she had an interesting morning. We got on the train at 9 and headed to Bern we arrived at about 11:30 and went and saw the world's largest Coocoo clock. Bern is the town where Eienstien lived and worked for a while and came up with the Theory of Relitivity. We had some time for lunch and got Kebab's for Lori's Birthday. Then met back up with the group and started our walk to the Natural History Museum which is created and directed by Claude Cahun. It was amazing!! I took a museum studies class last semester and the amazing things Claude has done with designing information, so that people can visually see and understand it, would have blown my professor away:) We talked to him about design and his career and he answered questions. It was like meeting a famous person which he is. Then we had free time we went to the street fair and Lori bout Aladin pants for her birthday:) They looked way cute! Then we got some Gelatto it was delicious. When we got back Dominique had us sing to Lori and she had candles on her flan:) After dinner we threw a dance party on the veranda for Lori quite a few people from the group came it was fun! There was a business meeting so some people couldn't come. Angela gave Kaitlyn and I an assignment about opportunity costs. We were trying to get Dr. Fawson to cancel or combined the meeting with our dance party. It didn't quite work:) We ended up finishing our flash mob which will be great once we finally do it! Later I was talk to Angela and Bob and we had some tea and talked about life. I love the opportunities I have to pick successful wonderful people's lives:) Bob and I walked Angela to where she was staying and I got to ask him about the program on the way home. Such a great night!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Pam had a good train ride home!!!
Angela and me discussing Design Thinking i'm sure of it!
Kaitlyn, Furry Chair, and ME!
MOO! Best chairs with best love pillow!
Awesome LIGHT!
Me and Talia chillin!
Vertical couch, thanks Kaitlyn for showing it off!
Rainbow chairs!
My other favorite couch!
This was named the MEGA MIND chair!
Kaitlyn's nap time:) ....for real!
Steel Blue
Our Camera CREW!!! Pam and Lindsay. They work sooooo hard!!
Awesome design on the wall!!

Nap time! ... not!
Lori's new chair!!
Vanilla's Ice Chair!
One of my favorite couches!
The Vitra from the outside!

June 8th Wed

Today we had to switch around what we were doing because of the weather. So we ended up taking a 5 hour train ride to Weil-am-Rhine, Germany to the Vitra House. The Vitra house is a furniture company dedicated to developing healthy, intelligent, inspiring and durable solutions for the office, home and public spaces. It was actually pretty amazing, I didn't know if I would be a entertained as I ended up being. We were there for an hour and a half and I just went from room to room amazed each time! They had chairs, tables, lights, couches and other furniture but it was some of the most unique things I have ever seen. This trip is amazing our group is so great we can just chill with everyone and it's like having one big family! I enjoy getting to talk to new and different people each day. We spent some time in Basel after the Vitra and did some shopping. Me and Kaitlyn and Talia went to H&M I got a scarf:) I am really going to miss the people here when I am done. So far... So Wonderful!!!
Bejewled Saint
St. Nicolas Cathedral
City of Fribourg

Our pilgramage feet!

Monday, June 13, 2011

June 7th Tuesday

Today we began our journey to Fribourg, where we were able to walk around the most beautiful little towns. All I could keep thinking was that I felt like I was in A Knight's Tale. We stopped at some water fountains and looked at Heraldic Symbols and talked about design, and how these were basically the first logos. Then we hiked to the top of a hill and took off our shoes as we began our pilgermage on St. James Way to the St. Nicolas Cathedral. The walk with no shoes was very interesting it made me really think about sacrifice. I pondered the many people who make modern day pilgramege's and why they do it. Then inside the Cathedral we sat for a moment and I was able to meditate and listen to the organ being played. After that Lori, Kaitlyn and I walked up 368 steps to reach the top tower of the cathedral. It took forever but it was worth it!! You could see the entire city! We took pictures and played around then walked the 368 steps back down which made me slightly sick:) Then we walked to the local Art and History Museum which was amazing. Everything in there was from the 1500's to the 1700's. Then we decided to make a stop at H & M which was not such a great idea because we almost got left, because we almost missed the train!! Then dinner, cards, ukelee and bed!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

From left to right. Lori, Allan, Kaitlyn, Me
From left to right. Clayton, Lori, Allan, Kaitlyn, Me.
Interior lights.
Windows that were amazing and me!
A statue inside.
The Goetheanum
A house built by Rudolph Steiner on the grounds of the Goetheanum.
Walking to Goetheanum.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

June 6th Monday

Today was basically riding on a train all day long. We got on our first train at 7:48 am and didn't get to our destination until 12:45 that also includes all the connections. Then we had lunch and took a small walk in the city of Dornach to Goetheanum. Which is basically a centre for Rudolf Steiner's memeber's of his movement Anthroposophicology. This building was constructed in 1924. I felt like I was in the movie Willy Wonka the entire time I was in the building. The walls, ceiling, lines, decorations, windows were crazy Alice in Wonderland feel. I really enjoyed our tour though. Basically our tour guide said that Steiner gave the world many things but his 3 basic principles were 1st: Creating spirituality on an everyday basis not just on Sundays (which I completely agree with). 2nd: is a balance between R-thinking and L-thinking or Art and Science which is what we have been studying in Switzerland. 3rd: Was a process of re-incarnation. Which was also very interesting. Our tour guide also talked about Eurtheymy which is like a dance tai - chi/ yoga thing. It helps to heal your body, it reminded me of my Aunt Teri she is a massage theripist. One of the advisors Angela and I had a amazing convo on the train ride back about everything we felt and thought and learned. I really enjoy Angela as a person and Advisor sometimes I look at her and see myself in 5 years. She is 28 and has accomplished a lot and we have similar ideals. Overall it was a good day besides the 8 hour train rides:)
Same I didn't take a ton of pics this day:)
Food Market that we passed on Sunday:)
This is the Train Station that we go to every day!