I’ve been up since 5 am, is it excitement or ? Both, I suppose. I also could not wind down and get to sleep last night, but when I did, I slept hard and well. I wasn’t willing to try and sleep more. For my first night, I am happy with five hours; I don’t want to waste a moment here in Saas-Fee, there is no time to roll around in bed. I got up, made myself a cup of tea and did sun salutations as I watched the golden glow of the sun slowly illuminate the snow-capped mountains.
Am I really here? What have I done to deserve this life? Gratitude and joy sweep over me. I can’t believe where I have landed. Stresses and strains of the previous days travel were all forgotten as I boarded the bus in Visp yesterday evening. The drive to Saas-Fee must be one of the most beautiful drives in the world. My only thought as we started our ascent up the winding mountain road was “Am I in a dream?” Cute Swiss village after cute Swiss village, a more stunning view with every turn on the road, is that yet another waterfall over there? The pictures I saw before coming here, do not do this place any justice. Yesterday evening, Alex and I walked through the streets in awe. “They must put those photos up to deter people from coming here,” she said, as we giggled with delight.
When I first walked out of the parkade and stepped into the village of(it’s car-free here….so cute!) I had to fight the urge to explore. Usually, when I travel, I can’t wait to drop my bags, and settle in. This time, I did not want to settle in, but I convinced myself that wheeling two suitcases around, was a bit silly, given that I have three weeks to discover the area. I can’t wait to meet the geniuses who decided to put a University in this amazing mountain village. My first thoughts were that all this beauty would be distracting, but I know it’s all part of the aesthetic experience.
I can’t believe how good I feel; I know the excitement will calm down over the coming days. But I never feel this good in the morning. My body felt so strong and resilient during this mornings yoga practice. My back was sore yesterday from the travels, and even though my bed is far from superb, that pain is gone. Is it the water, the air? I feel the healthiest I have in a long time, and I have felt quite fantastic recently! This place is healing; I know it.
Five months ago, the idea that I could make it here seemed impossible. My teacher was concerned I would not be able to walk 10 minutes up the hill to the campus every day, but now I am on the hunt for trails to hike and run while I am here. When am I going to study? I wonder. I’m almost forgetting the reason why I came. Originally the travel to Switzerland seemed like an unnecessary hassle, but now, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I am so excited for what is in store in these coming days and weeks. Our weekend intensives in Vancouver have been so transformational. Two of my classmates and I reflected on this last night and wondered what will our time here at The European Graduate school campus do to us? Three weeks of Expressive Arts Therapy, seven days a week. I think the intensive schedule helps to break us open. I hope so! There is so much to look forward to. I haven’t had the chance yet to speak with many of the second year students, but I can tell from their glow that they are more than happy to be back for a second round. I went to dinner last night with Virginia from Toronto, she introduced me a little to the village; I saw the trampoline, and she told me about the house with 14 cats. So much to play with here! Again, I wonder, when will I study? But, then some of the Expressive Arts Therapy theory comes back to me….expand the range of play….that’s right!
I can’t wait to play with my friends from the Vancouver program, and all the new friends I have yet to make. This journey we are on is nothing less than amazing. Enrolling in this program was the best decision of my life. It is just over one year since Alex told me about it, and in the few minutes she spent telling me about it, I knew had to do it. My heart knew, so I didn’t research or read more about the school. I just sent an application and haven’t looked back since.
My trust in the unfoldings of life is strengthened as I sit here waiting for the day to start. I can’t help but cry tears of joy. This life has been a crazy rollercoaster, but that is what makes every day feel more special. I’m going to make the most of my time here, and that means leaving my computer now to wander down the hill for breakfast and a cup of Swiss hot chocolate. This is one sweet dream!