In September I took a trip to Switzerland. Again.
I know right? How does a girl who never even thought about traveling other than wanting to visit her homeland (Italy), end up going to Switzerland twice in two years?
Well, the simplest answer is that when I moved to Mammoth, I was immediately surrounded by people that travelled a lot.
After living in a place where traveling is the norm and streets are filled with foreign skiers and snowboarders, it kind of changes your mindset. Lets just say that it rubbed off on me.
This last trip was a totally different experience than the first.
My first trip was a missions trip. Every day planned and filled with some sort of meeting with people my pastors knew but I had only ever heard of.
This trip was more freeing in a way. When it started, I was in an awesome city with three of my closest friends. I’m sure when we all lived in the Staffhouse together that we were not expecting to all be in Zürich together two years later.
But I think it was a reunion that we all needed. We needed to see each other as we were all getting ready to embark on a different chapter of our own lives.
So in the span of two and a half weeks I went from Zürich to Laax, Laax to Interlaken, Interlaken to Saas Fee, and then back to Zürich to begin my travels home.
It was a very wonderful trip. That’s all I can think to say to people when they ask me how my trip was. For some reason I wouldn’t really elaborate at all unless people asked. Then I found myself grasping at straws for stories to entertain them.
I think now I understand why.
When I was staying in Saas Fee with the Bowman’s, my Mammoth family, they decided they wanted to take me to either France or Italy. Since I am a quarter Italian and had always wanted to go I opted for that, so we went.
We drove over the border and into Italy and it was as if in my mind I was picturing a new check on my bucket list. Sure it was the equivalent of driving from San Diego into Tijuana for the day, but it meant the world to me. It was probably my favorite day out of the whole trip.
I got to experience this awesome country with the people that I love.
I had real Italian Pizza, a cappuccino, gelato shaped like a flower, and delicious Italian wine.
We talked, we laughed, and eventually we began our journey back to Saas Fee via a very windy pass in the dark of night. In between falling asleep in the backseat we laughed at how fast we were going and how not everyone was cool with it.
A day trip into the country that I had always wanted to go to, all because the people I was with love me and wanted to see this small dream of mine come true.
I think that before I moved to Mammoth, I wasn’t necessarily encouraged to follow all of my dreams. I mean of course generally people would try and support what I wanted to do, but it kind of always came off as if they meant they wanted to support my dreams while I followed them from behind the walls of my high school bedroom.
Which I totally understand that when people aren’t making crazy leaps of faith all the time, seeing other people doing it may seem irresponsible or insane. Or both.
But when you love someone, you want to see their dreams come true. Even if it means you don’t get to be directly next to them when that happens.
I think the biggest lesson that I have learned is that you need to surround yourself not only with people who love you and love what you love, but also people who are going to want to see your dreams come true. Maybe sometimes they’ll even help you along the way if they can.
I think the reason I have such a hard time telling people about my trip and the places I went is because the places actually didn’t matter to me. Yes yes. Everything was amazingly beautiful. But for me I was just happy to see my friends. I was happy to be with the people that I love and who love me.
THAT is my dream come true.
And to experience a beautiful country together, well, that was just a bonus.