Grimmelwald, Switzerland. Our second and final day in Switzerland consisted of the general theme: flying. The evening before I was determined to be counted among the few we had seen the previous day paragliding through the Swiss Alps, thus the next morning I found myself on top of one of the nearby peaks attached to a pilot and a parachute looking down a green slope on which several cows ringing their bells were enjoying their breakfast. After a quick run and a leap over the cows I found myself soaring through the air, and wishing for a minute that if I ripped off my shirt I would find a big S. It was pretty incredible to say the least, and I learned a great deal from my pilot about Switzerland and Paragliding. Drew finally decided to follow suite later in the day. That evening we took the train into Interlaken and had a pretty expensive dinner, but were entertained by "The Garden Band," which was a mini orchestra. Pretty awesome is what it was.
Paris, France. Getting in later in the day, our only mission for the evening was to experience the Eiffel Tower and enjoy a Parisian dinner. After finally finding our way to the famous site, we were at first stunned by the disappointment we felt. The tower itself is a brown color, which came off as rather dull during the day. Though after standing under it and then riding to the very top, the height restored its splendor to us. While we were on the top, evening came and the "City of Lights" came to life, which was quite spectacular. Quickly getting down we turned around to see the beautiful show the tower puts on at night, sparkling 10 minutes after every hour. The next day we hit as many sites as we could in one day, which ended in satisfaction. We first toured Notre Dame, which was really cool, because you could walk around inside while mass was beginning. It was fun to watch many tourists taking pictures with items such as balls in their shirt on their back. We continued to tour the 2 islands in Central Paris, which included some beautiful architecture and a couple musicians. From there we went to Luxembourg, which is not just a palace, but a massive park, which includes a garden, a place for sailing mini sailboats, tennis, picnics, and playgrounds. It was clearly the place to hang out on a nice sunny day. Next was the Louvre. Awesome! Of course starting with the Mona Lisa, I went on to explore the French Art on display and was pleased to find several of the original pieces I learned about in Artistic Expression. It was great knowing the history behind some of the pieces. Very very cool. From there we went up to Montmartre, which is this super artistic hill that overlooks central paris. It was a great place to enjoy the evening and enjoy the native gypsy music and art. We bought a couple cd's from a couple gypsies that were playing when we first got there. Pretty good stuff.
London, England. So here we are, the last day of our European adventure. We spent all day preparing to live in Uganda, which included washing all of our clothes, mailing home things we wouldn't need, showering, and getting all of our pictures onto our laptops (there is no guarantee how soon these will be uploaded to facebook, because captions should be included with several of them). Tomorrow we get on a plane at 630am :( to meet the rest of our program in Amsterdam :), where we will all fly to Uganda!
Thus ends this segment of the journey and begins the next. Thank you all so much for your prayers. I miss you all dearly, and I hope and pray life goes well for you.