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Guten Tag! Bonjour! Ciao!

My name is Grace and welcome to my humble recollections of my six month adventures in Zürich, Switzerland. Originally from Toronto, this big city girl embarked on an incredible journey of inspiration, passion, and wonderment through the quaint fairytale towns of Europe. Follow me through 18 countries and 50 cities and experience the same awe and beauty that I had the fortune to savour.

Why Zürich, Switzerland? 

  1. Based on my exchange options at the University of Toronto, ETH Zürich was a natural choice due to its international prestige and academic excellence.
  2. This is prime Central Europe location. Bordered by Austria, France, Germany, and Italy, this main hub was ideal for unhindered travel.
  3. Switzerland is a storybook country. I had visited back in 2012 and fell in love with the mountains, lakes, and honestly, chocolate.

Where are you originally from? 

I was born in China and raised in Canada! Although I’ve spent the majority of my time based in Toronto, you’ll often find me with a passport in one hand and a macchiato in the other waiting for my next flight. It’s one thing to hear stories about the world and another to see the world’s beauty through your own eyes.

What can I expect browsing through your blog?

In addition to a travel diary of all the places I visited during my exchange, I’ll be covering the logistics of studying abroad. From the very beginning of picking destinations to packing your last pair of socks before your departure, there will be several posts guiding you through the process. Do take the advice with a grain of salt, as I can only speak upon my experience through the University of Toronto. However, I can imagine similar guidelines would be posted somewhere on the program website.

You’ll also see some posts about the people who have made an impact in my life during my time in Switzerland. I’ve had the fortune to meet some amazing individuals along my journey and their passion inspires me to push forward.

Not to completely ignore the inevitable, but you’ll see a couple posts on finance and life lessons thrown into the mix. I want to be transparent and honest about my experiences so that future exchange students can ponder about the consequences of their choices.

Did you really visit all those countries and cities?

Yes! Once I am settled into my graduate student life, I will update this page with a full list of places and dates of my adventures. That, along with sorting through 10,000+ photos accumulated over the past few months. DSLR and iPhone 7+ is a deadly combo, but the Instagram feed is extremely appreciative.

When are you going to post this infamous travel log? 

Lo’ and behold:

Date Country City
04.02.2017 – 16.06.2017 Switzerland Zürich
11.02.2017 Switzerland Engelberg, Mt. Titlis
18.02.2017 Switzerland Basel
24.02.2017 – 26.02.2017 Germany Munich, Schloss Neuschwanstein, Dachau
27.03.2017 Switzerland Luzern
03.03.2017 Switzerland Genève
09.03.2017 – 10.03.2017 Sweden Lund
11.04.2017 – 12.03.2017 Denmark Copenhagen
17.03.2017 Switzerland Schaffhausen, Rheinfall
23.03.2017 – 26.03.20117 France Paris, Reims
30.03.2017 – 31.03.2017 Netherlands Amsterdam, Keukenhof
01.04.2017 – 02.04.2017 Belgium Brussels
06.04.2017 – 09.04.2017 Austria Vienna, Salzburg
14.04.2017 – 22.04.2017 Italy Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius, Catania, Siracusa
23.04.2017 – 24.04.2017 Malta Valletta, Sliema, Mdina, Rabat, Ħad-Dingli, Comino
30.04.2017 Switzerland Aargau, Mt. Rigi
04.05.2017 Austria Vienna
05.05.2017 Slovakia Bratislava
06.05.2017 Czech Republic Prague
07.05.2017 Hungary Budapest
08.05.2017 Poland Warsaw
18.05.2017 – 21.05.2017 United Kingdom London
25.05.2017 Switzerland Rapperswil
27.05.2017 Switzerland Lugano, Mt. Brè
28.05.2017 Switzerland Limmat
04.06.2017 Switzerland Zürichsee
05.06.2017 Switzerland Lausanne
06.06.2017 Switzerland Luzern, Mt. Pilatus
07.06.2017 Switzerland Bern
08.06.2017 Switzerland Zermatt, Matterhorn
09.06.2017 Switzerland Interlaken, Grindelwald, Jungfraujoch
11.06.2017 – 13.06.2017 Spain Barcelona, Montserrat
14.06.2017 – 16.06.2017 Portugal Lisbon, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascias, Bélem
17.06.2017 – 31.07.2017 Canada Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, Montréal, Quebec City, Hamilton, Muskoka
01.08.2017 – 31.08.2017 Switzerland Zürich
27.08.2017 Switzerland Baden