WordPress Challenge–Study Abroad?

December 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm 8 comments

That’s it, I’ve taken a challenge for the week, to write something here every day.

And here’s the prompt that I’ll start with ( from Dec. 23)

If you were asked to spend a year living in a different location, where would you choose and why?

A place I have always wanted to go is Switzerland. Perhaps because some of my ancestors came from there. Perhaps because of a CBC film we watched when I was in grade school, with those  high white-capped Alps where the fictional Heidi lived with her grandfather and learned to tend sheep. The place had an attraction for me, but all I could do was dream of it.

Now say there was a special course or series of courses on life story writing that was hosted somewhere in the Alps, it could be attractive. Even more if it were in English, since I don’t speak German, and taught by someone I respected or whom I had read about. Oh, perhaps I’d best take classes in learning the language too.

If there was time off for social events, I would want to go places, but not by skiing, since I’ve never done it on anything but a small barnhill. I would go into Berne while I was in Switzerland to find places inhabited by those ancestors I mentioned, and I would try to locate them and write about that too. All the more reason to learn German, I suppose.

Finally, I don’t know about going there for a year. I’d  have to take someone along with me and I’d miss my grandchildren so, and the rest of my family. That’s it, I’d need a Skype connection so I could see everyone and watch the little ones grow from afar. A year would be a long time.


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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Andreas Moser  |  December 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Switzerland is really beautiful.
    By the way, German is not the only language spoken there. Other parts of Switzerland speak French or Italian.

    • 2. storygal  |  December 24, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      Hello Andreas,

      Yes, I am aware that other languages are spoken there. I chose German since I think my ancestors may have spoken that language, with the last name of Wilhelm. I could be wrong. French I could refresh and learn more, but I don’t know Italian at all.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I’ll check your blog too.

  • 3. seeker  |  December 30, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Switzerland, beautiful country and a free one. Enjoy the trip

    • 4. storygal  |  December 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      If I should have the opportunity to go there, I will, thanks.

  • 5. lilypup  |  March 12, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    My husband says Switzerland is really immaculate. Sounds good to me. http://lilypupslife.wordpress.com/

    • 6. storygal  |  March 13, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      Lilypup, I may never get to Switzerland, but it’s good to dream. Thanks for your comment.

  • 7. rogershipp  |  March 15, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Switzerland does sound wonderful… Not the skiing. Being Heidi would be great?

    • 8. storygal  |  March 15, 2015 at 11:35 pm

      I’ve never skiied more than on a small hill in our family’s yard, but it would be fulfillment of a dream to go there someday.


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