Fall Orientation 2012

At the beginning of every semester, the Bus2alps crew – old and new – comes together in our hometown of Interlaken, Switzerland to hang out, get to know one another and get prepared for one hell of a semester.  Take a sneak peak into our Fall orientation.

Day 1:  Monday kicked off our journey to Interlaken.  The bus ride began in Rome making stops along the way at Ciampino airport, Florence and Milan Malpensa airport and ended with our final destintation at Balmer’s Hostel and Backpacker’s Villa.  There was a lot of excitement as it was a chance to reunite with friends that had been home and travelling for the summer and to meet and greet the newcomers.  Of course, the bus ride went by fast because we all caught up with each other and watched DVD’s.

Day 2We had an early start on Tuesday compromised of meetings and presentations to help us get acquainted with each other and the company.  During free time, some of the crew took advantage of the opportunity to rent bicycles and cool off at the lake.

In the evening, we chilled out and refueled over some pizza.  It gave us yet another chance to take in the gorgeous scenery of Interlaken and just relax for a little bit before continuing on with activities.

Post-pizza party we were ready to get back at it and refine our CPR skills. We were lucky enough to learn first-hand all of the techniques and important information that we need to know on how to save lives. I think it’s safe to say that we felt a lot more confident in ourselves after we practiced CPR on a dummy that was hooked up to a computer. We got to see if we were breathing too much air into the body or if our compressions were too fast. It was pretty cool!

Day 3:  Wednesday was packed with more meetings and presentations.  But since we were so good, we were rewarded with some Swiss chocolate from Interlaken Tourism!  After some refreshers, tips and lots of important information to have a great semester – the fun began.

Some of the returning staff paired up with the new staff to take them on a little adventure around Interlaken to help them get to know the area  a little bit better.  The best part of the adventure?  It ended up with the whole team meeting back up to set off on a dinner cruise!  It was pretty fabulous as it consisted of great sights, delicious food and a chance for the newbies to show off some of the things they had learned over the past couple of days.

Day 4:  On Thursday we wrapped up the last of our meetings and presentations in the morning.  Afterwards, we headed over to Outdoor Interlaken, a partner of Bus2alps, to get ready to go canyoning.  We picked out our wetsuits, jackets, life jackets, boots and helmets and then packed into 3 vans for the beautiful hour-long ride to Grimsel.  Once we arrived, the adrenaline began pumping…

Canyoning is a popular summer activity in Interlaken that consists of rappelling, jumps, slides and ziplines into natural pools.  I think it’s safe to say that everyone from the Bus2alps crew will be recommending this to anyone looking for something to do during their stay in Switzerland.

After we finished our course, we relaxed over some well-deserved refreshments and headed back into town for a BBQ and dancing at Metro Bar.

Day 5:  Friday morning we said our goodbyes to Switzerland and headed back to our respective cities.

Needless to say, the Florence crew, the Rome crew and the Barcelona crew are ready for an amazing Fall semester!

For all of our photos from Fall Orientation 2012, take a look at the Bus2alps fanpage.  If you would like information on the trips and activities that we offer, please check out our website.

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