Reason to Smile
G’day there, I’m Lisa from Australia and I’m stoked to be this week’s Smile of the Week!
There are lots of reasons to smile here at KISC. The people you meet and get to know and work with are definitely worth a smile. There are precious few occasions in the world where young, like minded people are given the opportunity to gather, learn from each other and grow together. In the short time I’ve been here, I’ve met people from all over the world, Madagascar, South Korea and Portugal to drop a few names. The best bit is, I’m going to meet more as I continue working here and I can’t wait!
The activities you can do also have a lot to do with my smile. Up until I came to KISC, I had never built an igloo, sledded, down hill or cross-country skied. I am proud to say that I have done all of them now, and while I may not be very good at some of them, I’ve learnt something new and have had a laugh along the way. However, I do pride myself on my newly found igloo building skills – not bad for someone who comes from a country not known for it’s igloo building, I reckon. Next on my list is ice fishing and snowboarding…but not at the same time.
I also relish the opportunity KISC provides to explore Europe. In my short time here, I’ve been able to visit some beautiful places in Switzerland including Geneva, Monteux, Bern and of course, the little village of Kandersteg. But I have plans in place to see more of Switzerland and more of this corner of the world, like Turkey, Greece and Scandinavia. Being from Australia, this is a particular delight for us as our closest neighbours are three hours away by plane. Quite lovely they are too, the Kiwis, but the variation in culture and country here is exquisite.
Having just talked about getting out of Kandersteg, I’m going to tell you reasons to stay and another reason it makes me smile. Anyone who has been to KISC will tell you how easy it is to be mesmerised by the surrounding mountains and their sheer beauty. When I get a moment, I often find myself staring out the windows, taking in the beautiful landscape and plotting walks and adventures to go and see the surrounding area more. While photos don’t do the mountains justice, they do make it easy for an amateur photographer to look rather skilled.
So, dear readers, that is what made/makes me smile while being at KISC.