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Namastay Schweiz ! :)

So I am in my School Uniform right now…what ? yes Uniform ! Oh ! Then , its got to be home !

Today I had to walk 15 minutes all the way from school back home….the chauffeur has his wedding , so he did not come to pick me up ….well , in that case , This must be home !

There is glass of Fresh fruit juice in my hand and from the window peeps in golden light…and yes lots and lots of blaring of horns ! God ! That means this is home 🙂


I was on the road , with everybody and everything else in the world...cars , scooters , bikes , bicycles , horse carts , cows , vendors , pedestrians ,holy saints , stalls of street food , girls sitting on stools and henna artists doing those wonderful works on their hands….This Diversity , This Noise , This Melody , This Confusion , This Theater , This Beauty ,This Ugliness …..This Everything…This Place is no other ! Its Home !
Welcome To India ! 🙂
Sometimes , when my mom comes to wake me up in the morning , I feel so dazed …where am I ? Who is that > when suddenly after a few milliseconds , things come back to me…Its no longer -20 degrees outside , its no longer snow out there , today I wont go skiing , today would be somewhat quieter , no fondue for dinner , no bus rides ALL  ALONE  ! Its no longer Pontresina with those 2000 inhabitants...Its Amritsar , with 2 million !
People have been coming , I have been talking , they claim I have changed ! I am no longer the shy Indian Girl , they say ,..they talk of confidence and…..

 

 

of St Moritz ! 😛

Chocolates have been distributed and have been particularly  loved.

 

So have been the stories of the Rich Russian Guys in St moritz…

The swiss flag in the background

 

I hesitate in speaking English now …its always punctuated with “oders“ “gels“ “abers“ “eigentliches“ etc !

I find it strange to eat things with spoon now ! I am used to fork and knives all the time !
I have tears in my eyes , when i eat food which is normal for others , but for me its spicy ! 🙂
I cant stand it , when there are a thousand Autos on the road and no body stops for me , when i have to cross the road !
And all that talk from the school teachers about Uniform Discipline and pseudo Co Education !

 

But then its different yet the same ! 🙂
There are no Engadine Buses to ferry you around wherever and whenever…but then there are cars and Chauffeurs and Sun glasses ! 😛
There are no ski slopes , but there are temples and shopping malls and lots of cafes !

But people are somehow the same , they love you , they care for you …somewhere they say “Gruezi‘‚ …and somewhere “Hello“ or ‚‚Namastay“ !

Somehow indebted and enchanted by Switzerland ,  my hostfamily and friends

I say…

I see you soon ! 🙂

 

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The night when i was checking my tickets and documents, in New Delhi, for the flight that was to take place in 7 hours , it looks like last night.Now sitting on this bed , i just realized that i never saw time pass away that quickly…less than a week , and i would be sleeping on the bed i used to sleep 6 months ago….I am going back to India…. 🙁 🙁 🙂 🙂
Yes , I am very tired , struggling with my difficult eyes…but I would not sleep..now that i have some 5 days left..i have to sleep less and live more…

Today I went the last time to school to collect my certificate…yesterday…when my history teacher wished me luck …and i sat into the bus..i realized .it felt terrible…it was the same school which tortured me with that ugly alarm everyday at 6 am..in the cold and the dark….but then.i love it..and i hated saying goodbye….
Last evening  , some 30 friends of mine…we all went out to eat..a farewell essen..followed by some partying..I felt somewhat pampered..on seeing that so many of them turned up..so nett and lieb..with letters and chocolates…signing my huge swiss flag….and then those hugs and promises of coming back…I am going to miss everything badly…
Today , i went skiing..we go skiing very often because i live in the skii paradise..the Engadine… You know , I am a dumbo when it comes to sports…I cant play anything properly…so for me it was a huge achievement..falling down and standing up on t the red slope.. 😀
Then I went with my host brother to the Hallenbad..U see i live in a horribly amazing place…u relax and talk while in warm water… surrounded by some of the most admired mountain peaks…i mean somewhat more beautiful than the kind You see on Lindt advertisements… 🙂 🙂
And then we went sledging 🙂 some -15 degrees…a long way…Moonlight all over the snow…and some forest ..Enchantment..There was something mystical about it..
A sense of loss dons over me…I have less than a week in this country..but then..would be nice to see everyone back home….and then…I can always come back..but..will it be the same ….

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“But Mama , Everything Feels Like Chocolate In This Country !“ <3

 

 

 

One of the views , during one of my train jouneys

 

 

 

OK so i just came from a Sauna (my host family owns a nice one) and it reminded me of home ! ( yes , its 45-48 degrees in Summer , in my city….HOT ! )

Hello everyone , So today i would just give a quick introduction and then later  i would go on with the  Swiss chocolate flow….yum yum 😉
So , I m a (almost) 17 year old girl from India , North India , to be precise …and (very unfortunately) I m here only for six months…half this time ist fast fertig ! (Denglisch <3 <3  ! ) Now i am feeling one with the energy of Switzerland , the wooden houses , the fondue , the gipfeli , the snow , the Lindt , The Cailler , The Rivella , The Rhaetische Bahn,The SBB (  yes ..i Love being in the trains here!)…I am not sure whether i want to go back so soon…I wish i could stay longer ….but then every fairy tell ends….with happy endings …(and lots of gorgeous memories)…

Sometimes i feel , that perhaps i was a little too lucky ..In Switzerland , i found myself in one of the most beautiful (when i say beautiful , i mean it to its extreme ) regions ..its called the the Engadin Valley...and I live in this little village of Pontresina (Perhaps you know St Moritz, our neighbor ) where it was already snowing in mid September ! It is this valley which you saw in the posters of Switzerland Tourism when you were in your country , I mean the little red trains moving along the snow clad glaciers , into little tunnels over those lofty bridges (Type in your Google search bar “Switzerland trains“ and you would know what i mean <3 ) Then this the place which makes you  wonder sometimes , “Can there actually be such a place?“ The little streets and bakeries serving fresh Engadin Kuchen…The imposing mountains..which you hike..to reach at a restaurant with the most magnificent view of the turquoise lakes and the villages below..The thermal baths here..where you would lie down in the warm water..there would be snow around..and you stare at this sky which is unbelievably star studded ( In India , due to big dwellings , its hard to see the stars )..its this place where..when u drive late at night you would happen to spot the most handsome deer searching for their mates….

The Frozen Lago Bianco , one can go ice skating on it in winters :)

 

Its the place where everything , the holz houses , the silver forests  , the Red trains , the people greeting you with gruezi and Buna Sera (here the speak Reto Romanisch) , the tunnels , the streets , the air- everything to me feels like chocolate ..incredible sweet and adorable ! 🙂 (And of course because its the Chocolate Nation)
Forgive me if i am acting too dumb ..but everything to me really looks like chocolate !
At one side, I m almost dazed with the magnificence i experience and on the other side, I am beginning to understand myself and both my countries ( <3 <3 ) more and more….
Next time i would like to tell you about my school here (and there) and my other adventures…


Till then..
Tschuess 🙂
Bis Bald 🙂
Have a nice time , wherever you are 🙂