April 10, 2007

With 6 weeks left to go of our masters program, some students were able to enjoy a 4 day weekend over the Easter holiday. Venturing out of the Strasbourg area we sought a weekend of entertainment where the words TP, the moon, or satellites could in no way be used. With the craziness of our team project looming over our head upon our return we set out for our last free weekend until we head off for our internships in May.

1. Portugal – Brian

With the feel of summer in the air in Strasbourg and the urge to hear once again the sounds of crashing waves I set off to Portugal for a weekend in another new land. I spent a day and a half touring the city of Lisbon, walking through its old hilly streets and viewed its winding streets from the Sao Jorge castle that sits high above the city. With an hour and a half bus ride north I arrived in Baleal where I stayed at a the Surf Castle surf camp right along a beach with chest high waves rolling into shore. With a day of surfing and watching a pro surf competition behind me I headed back to Strasbourg relaxed and ready to tackle the remaining weeks of school.


2. France – Marseilles – Shawna

Imagine a place where cerulean skies and waters stretch on so far that it becomes impossible to distinguish where one begins and the other ends – the only reason you are able to differentiate is because some logical part of your brain (probably the prefrontal cortex for the neurologically inclined) knows that sailboats typically don’t float in the sky. Then again, Marseille isn’t your typical place – so the idea doesn’t seem that farfetched – because rare indeed is the place containing the exceptional combination of dazzling turquoise seas and megalithic mountains.

To translate: Easter Weekend 2007 rocked. I went to the bottom of the world, scuba-diving in the frigid April waters of the Mediterranean, and to the top, scaling the rock faces of the Calanques mountains to the summit and indescribable views. This, combined with the easy, out-going nature of the Marseillaise locals easily made this weekend one of the best of my life (forget what you hear about Portugal, Amsterdam, Switzerland and Vienna ;)).

3. Holland-Amsterdam. Dag, Alma , Scott and a few more of he gangs



4. Switzerland- William, Aravind and Jun

A mad 4 day dash across .. arrived in Basel bought a 4 days swiss pass ( ouch ) and travel to 6 cities … BASEL – ZURICH – LUCERNE – INTERLAKEN – BERN .. enjoy a walk in lucerne and aravind and jun got lost in the woods while hiking in mount pilatus , while william who have a crappy shoes ( cant go to the woods ) enjoy the basking sun at the top of mount pilatus and after that climb up to the top of the Europe in Jungfrau.. It took our breath away … ( not because of beauty but because of high altitude )

5. Austria- Antonio, Violetta Ziggy

They enjoy Austria and they are happy Enjoy guys


Welome Back to ISU guys





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