We decided to take
the scenic route to Lugano, the next city we were staying in. First, we took a
train to Luzerne. We had an hour to kill before our boat ride across the lake,
so we stopped by a modern art museum e that had some weird exhibits and some
really weird exhibits. There were a few that we just thought were stupid, but a
few were pretty cool. One we really liked was a room with two guys continuously
painting the walls. One painting them white, the other painting them black.
Seriously. For all the days the exhibit was open They were always approximately
at opposite corners, so the room was half white and half black.. I couldn’t
help but laugh every time I thought of it.
After the museum, we
got on our boat and took a last look at Lugano before leaving the dock.
The cruise across
Lake Lugano was a great experience. Even though it was raining, it was
There were waterfalls cascading down, swans swimming in
the water, and the lake itself was a deep teal.
surrounded the lake, and their tops were hidden by the clouds, which made them
seem like they stretched upwards forever.
One of our fellow
passengers was from Korea, so it was a nice chance for me to use some of my
Here is the picture
he took of me on the boat, after the rain had stopped.
We arrived in our
port and said goodbye to the boat.
Before we caught the
train to Lugano, we say a stone car just sitting out with no explanation. I
guess it was just public artwork?
When we arrived in
Lugano, we splurged for a nice dinner since we were pretty under budget on
food. It was the most delicious minestrone and tiramisu I have ever had.
thin pizza for our entre. It was yummy, but difficult to eat since we had to
cut it into bite size pieces instead of slices. Since Lugano is in the Italian
part of Switzerland, we had some trouble communicating with the waiter and we
accidentally ordered water instead of specifying tap water.
This meant we got a
fancy corked bottle of Arkina water with matching glasses for over USD $10! And
we were sitting literally 10 feet away from a free public water fountain whose
water tasted exactly the same as the bottled variety. We went back to our
hostel, where we shared a room with 14 other men and women and a coed bathroom
with 30 other people. We sat in the common room for a while and socialized with
the people there. We met some nice women who gave us advice about good things
to go see while we were in Lugano.
Unlike many students, I never had the opportunity to visit Caltech before enrolling. I had visited California once in elementary school, and the first time I returned was to move in for college. The only time I had ever left home before was for a week or two of sleepaway camp. Now, I would be moving across the country to a place I had never seen before with a bunch of strangers. Naturally, I was a bit terrified.
…Or, How a Disciple of Bethany Ehlmann, a Former Desert Militiaman, Moore Lab Subbasement Dwellers, Roblox’s Newest Intern, a Florida Man, and a Luminous Plasma Scientist Went to War with the Caltech Mail Center, Got Double-Crossed by AirGas Corp., Survived Three COVID Outbreaks, and Nearly Stranded Themselves in the Mojave in order to Send a Bag of Peanuts to Space (A True Story).
Every midterm week and final week, Page House Peer Advocates (PAs) put on a de-stressing event. This term for midterms, the PAs hosted a painting night in conjunction with a Page dessert night. (Every Thursday, the House gives $60 to a pageboy (a member of Page) to buy a bunch of dessert and snacks for the house for dessert night.). They provided canvases, paint brushes, and a variety of paint colors for the night. It was a really fun and relaxing time to stop working on sets or studying for midterms for a bit and hangout with friends.
On the weekend of April 16th, my friends and I participated in the first ever Southern California College Poker Tournament! The tournament was for college students in the SoCal area with a $0 buy-in that doubled as a recruiting event for quant and finance firms. A senior friend of mine (Vanessa, a fellow blogger) put together a team of five girls who had no interest in being recruited and just wanted to have fun playing poker.