Sunday, September 26, 2010


I stole this picture from Google Images and its not exactly our view but it is definitely pretty similar. It is amazing how vibrant all the grass and plants are here!

We made it! It's still a little crazy to believe that we are actually in Switzerland but we are and really, the whole process was pretty uneventful. We had a minor (which sure felt major at the time) snafu at the Atlanta airport and I seriously doubted whether or not we'd make our flight but alas, all is well. We got to see our friends Diana, Brandon, Katie and Mike in Chicago, and played a rousing game of "gay or European" in the Chicago, Copenhagen (which is more like a mall that planes sometimes fly into) and Geneva airports.

We were also pleasantly surprised to be picked up by our new YWAM friends in Geneva, which means we haven't had to tackle the train...yet.

We are still trying to figure out power adapters/converters and wireless access so I can't upload any pictures yet (and I'm trying to type on a French keyboard...) but it is absolutely beautiful here. We're tucked up in the mountains and surrounded by fields and big cows and precious little houses. So stereotypical European! It's also a lot colder than I was ready for - last week in Athens, it was in the 90s. Today the high here is 54. So between that and the crazy time changes (I had "dinner" [salmon!] on the plane in Chicago at like 11pm and then "lunch" [a sandwich] at like 3am our time...), I'm doing some major acclimating. Thankfully, we have a giant bottle of Tylenol PM and I'm doing my best to get on local time.

We're also really excited about getting started with our classes. There are only 9 people in our DTS class - 4 speak English, 4 speak French and one is bilingual, so everything is being translated. I'm hoping this will be a great opportunity to learn some major French, but so far I can only count to 10, so it's doubtful :) This year is also the 50th anniversary of YWAM and the founders, Loren and Darlene Cunningham, are going all around the world having celebrations. This week, they are in Lausanne, which is just down the road from us, so we are kicking off our time here with them learning about and celebrating the impact YWAM has had in Switzerland, and the world, over the past 50 years.

More pictures (that actually belong to us) and updates to come!

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