November 2013 I returned back to Switzerland from 11 month in my californian paradise. Since the first day back I’m missin these times there, the people, the campus, the fishing, the freedom and all the experiences I made there. From time to time I felt really bad and just wanted to go back so bad. Of course that wasn’t possible at the moment, I had to work and got back to a normal, kinda boring life. The winter here was cold and dark what didn’t make it easier for me to accept being back. Actually the summer arrived even in Switzerland what makes it more comfortable for me to find back to a life in switzerland.
But I still miss my californian dream and think back every single day…
So since I’m back at work and make my own money I decided it’s time to take a break after six months of work. I had to go back to San Diego, that was clear! Finally, one morning around the end of may I found myself at the airport in Zurich and shortly after I was up in the sky direction California. Arriving at the airport in SD I felt like coming home. I just felt happy to be there!
There I met some good friends I know from last year who picked me up at the airport and an hour later we were already doing BBQ. The next days I spent with Marco, a swiss guy who just finished his academic year, like I did last year. After a quick visit on campus and in the EF school we started our trip driving directly up to San Francisco. There we stayed two days before driving down along the west coast on Highway Nr. 1, my favorite route so far.
Every day we drove a few hours down, always on the look for the next outlet mall. Marco just couldn’t get enough of the shopping there. Day for day we were enjoying the beauty of the west coast and looking for something new to wear. We ended up staying in San Francisco – Monterey – Santa Barbara – Long Beach and some shopping malls on the route.
Due to some exams Marco had to be back in San Diego the second week. After some negotiating we were even allowed to stay on campus for the rest of the week. Best thing that could happen to me! Even if the campus accommodation isn’t the best I really missed to live there. To stay there another week made this vacation even better. I spent the week meeting old friends, relaxing and enjoying the campus life. Of course I was fishing too, more about how this went in the next post.
After two intensive weeks it was already time for me to leave again. At least Marco had to go back too and so we both hadn’t to fly alone.
I just can say that I enjoyed California once again and surely it won’t be the last time I was there. It has to be the positive californian vibes that caught me and now won’t let me go again. I felt happy through these two weeks and appreciate every single day I spent there. A big thanks to all my friends that were still there and made so much for me. I also gotta thank EF for letting me stay on campus! The biggest thanks goes out to my parents that have to endure my bad moods just because I miss California and still support me!
More pictures of this trip can you find on my facebook or flickr page. The links you find on top.
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