DATELINE: May 28, 2016 Switzerland
Last day of class.
From Dr. Thierry Devos: We did it! What an amazing experience! As you know, it was the first edition of this study abroad program. Many individuals were involved in the organization. It took a lot of time and effort. You made it worth it! I am very proud of this group of SDSU students. You handled yourself extremely well under all circumstances. You were always enthusiastic and upbeat about everything. You showed interest in and respect for our hosts (instructors and students). You were flexible, going smoothly from one activity to the next. Even when dealing with challenges or unpleasant interactions, you responded with thoughtfulness. Traveling in a group of 20 people for two weeks can be hectic and oppressive. Instead, I saw a resourceful group of sisters caring for one another and enjoying the ride. This means the world to me and is very rewarding. Take the time to reflect on your experiences. Browsing through the FB posts captures the many facets of our trip (and yet it does not cover everything we did). I want to thank all the people who made this study abroad program possible: colleagues and students at Bicocca, UNIL, and SDSU, ISA staff (with a special thank you to Diego; he was a big part in this success), SDSU staff involved in study abroad experiences (Maureen being one of them), and last but not least your parents and significant others. I am in transit in Heathrow and will board my plane for San Diego feeling re-energized! I feel fortunate to have shared the past two weeks with you. Have a great summer and/or enjoy your travel plans. Do not hesitate to post more great pictures on this FB group so that we share the great memories. Take care and continue to make the most of opportunities that lie ahead of you!
DATELINE: May 26, 2016 SWITZERLAND
Day trip on the chocolate train: to the medieval village of Gruyères, the Cailler chocolate factory at Broc, and the village of Colle de Mosses.
This pretty much says it all.
Above the medieval city of Gruyères, Switzerland.
Getting to Gruyères from Lausanne
Trains run frequently from both Lausanne and Montreux to Gruyères, the medieval village where the Chateau de Gruyères and cheese factory are located. The village of Broc, where the Cailler chocolate factory is located, is too small for the map but is just north of Gruyères, and easily accessible by the same train, nicknamed “the chocolate train.”
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Psychology major Sonyda Nep fans out her awesome haul of deliciousness from the Maison Callier chocolate factory, in Broc.
François-Louis Cailler (1796–1852) was the first Swiss producer of chocolate, and founder of the Cailler chocolate company. He first tasted Italian chocolate at a local fair in Turin, northern Italy – it was used for medicinal purposes (without sugar) to battle the effects of the cold, alpine winters. Cailler spent four years in Turin, Italy, experimenting with chocolate. When he returned to Switzerland he set up the first Swiss chocolate factory.
Huddling up in the Village of Col des Mosses
Moooooove over, cheese ahead.
Cheese factory at Gruyères
Mmmmmiles of cheese, Gruyères
The medieval town of Gruyères. Gruerius, the legendary founder of Gruyères, captured a crane (in French: “grue”) and chose it as his heraldic animal inspiring the name Gruyères. Gruyères is first mentioned in literature around 1138-39 as de Grueri.
Medieval fortification at Chateau de Gruyères
Another view of the Chateau de Gruyères
Now (2016) and Then (1965):
Now, 2016, Gruyères.
Then, 1965, Julie Andrews singing “Doe a deer.”
Now, 2016 students on a wall looking mysteriously like
Then, Julie Andrews, 1965. “The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music”. Kindly hold your cards and letters: the blogger acknowledges that Austria is not Switzerland.
It’s unanimous. Who could resist this beautiful country?
And cheers to the one who put it all together, program director Dr. Thierry Devos. Thank you for introducing us to your homeland!
Some photos from back in Milan from a few days ago…
Ciao Bellas! On the rooftop of the Milan Cathedral, Left to right Sonyda Nep, Meli Sarkissian, Alexa Rodriguez and Sydney Todd.
One last glimpse of the Navigli district in Milan.
University of Lausanne students chat with their new SDSU Psychology colleagues.
Stimulating exchanges between University of Lausanne (UNIL) and SDSU students. Professor Eva Green and Emanuele Politi welcomed us in their class.
The University of Lausanne students did a terrific job of presenting posters based on their research project.
At the Olympic museum, Lausanne. Well suited for an Olympic decathalon, the group may have been warming up before the discus event.
For more information on College of Sciences study abroad, contact Maureen Crawford firstname.lastname@example.org (619) 594-1813.
DATELINE May 24, 2016
“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs all in one go.”
– Truman Capote