In our second day in Lugano, we rode a train to Monte Tamaro. While there, we participated in activities such as hiking, paragliding, and roller-coaster riding. Thomas described paragliding as the highlight of Lugano. After visiting Monte Tamaro, we descended from the mountain to a water park, where we spent a few hours. That night, the group ate dinner at various Italian-Swiss restaurants and prepared to leave for Lucerne the next day.
Today, we woke up bright and early to travel to Iseo, well off the tourist trail. There, we met Hanspeter, our guide, who took us for a hike through the mountain forests with his herd of llamas. We literally walked llamas and one alpaca, on leashes, through the woods. It was quite the experience, and many students made some close friends of the llama variety. After our hike, we grabbed a quick lunch in Lugano. Some of us learned that Big Macs cost chf 11.20…more if you want fries with that! We then took a train to Lucerne, nestled in the Alps. After finding our hostel, we had some free time to explore the city, followed by a dinner cruise on the lake. Everyone is grateful to have an easier evening, in anticipation of another exciting day in the mountains tomorrow.