Over three years ago, Daughter and I visited Franklin University in Lugano, Switzerland. It was the middle of a harsh Minnesota winter, but we felt it important to see the campus of her top choice.
Since then our lives have been filled with adventure for us all both in traveling and in maturing. A week ago on Sunday, 21 May, Megan graduated. It is a commencement for all of us. She begins the task of finding a career, we begin roaming for a new base. In the past, we focused on Lugano and how Daughter could meet up with us on her school holidays. Now in Bucharest, we wonder where she will end up, how her stuff will catch up with her, and where the road leads for us.
Wife and I are very proud of Daughter. There were struggles and disappointments, but like the commencement speaker advised, she fell forward. We worried how her final project would complete. She really “knocked our socks off.”
Here are memories we take with us from our last week in Lugano.
Wife and I trekked up San Salvatore (a metaphor of signposts))
View of Lugano and FUS from San Sal
Wife snapped a shot of Father and Daughter at Senior Dinner
The rain showers provided beautiful rainbows
Grads lined up in alphabetical order (Ruenitz back there).
One more view of Lake Lugano
We have visited Lugano many times since Daughter started University there. It has always been rushed with just two or three days. This time, we booked a week. This gave me the chance to investigate some of the back roads and paths in the surrounding communes of Sorengo and Collina d’Oro. With a nod to a followed blogger, here are Walking Finds, 1.
Sculpture in a Parking Lot along the walk back from IKEA
Above the door is a figurehead and the plaque, Casa Mia
A Pilgrimage to Hermann Hesse House
Local art embedded in buiding walls, Down the street a marker commemorating an old chapel.
Even the statues need to relax after so much walking.
Here is a memory dump of some of the tips and tricks on European travel. These come mainly from my current trip so they are centered around Switzerland and Italy.
First of all the Internet is the go to place for searching and booking travel.
Train / Bus travel between cities
Almost all the train companies and bus companies in Europe have official websites. They usually have several languages, English be the most common alternative. Here are two examples:
For Buses, my favorite website is:
Eurolines just goes all over the place. These long distance buses result in some off hour departures and arrivals. Last year in Lithuania we boarded a bus that dropped us off in the evening at Daugapils, Latvia and then continued on to Moscow.
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