I learned about an interesting thing that people do in Switzerland tonight at the dinner party we had at our Old Testament professor's house. Apparently, some people in Switzerland like to go hiking while naked. Granted, this is not the norm, this is not something that everyone does, but it has become such a problem that Swiss officials have actually order signs to be put up at trailheads to let people know that naked hiking is not allowed. This is understandable as most people are quite shocked when they run into a naked person in the middle of the wilderness.
Some of the other things that we discussed were my alcohol problem, amazing one-legged chinese bicylists, and bus horror stories from around the world. It was a lot of fun and I was totally surprised to find out that four hours had gone by when I finally looked at the time. I finally ended up leaving close to midnight.
We talked about what our first semester at seminary was like, and for many people, it was a culture shock. One of us came here from Hawaii, another from Alaska, others from the "lower 48." Several of us have come to seminary after being out of school for a very long time, leaving well established careers. Even those of us transitioning to graduate school almost directly from undergrad have had to make adjustments, as I have written about several times in this blog. Gradutate school is simply much harder than undergrad. Most of us have had to move far away from out family and friends. Luckily, our class has come together to fill in a lot of those gaps, but home is never really replaceable.
So, for everyone reading this back home, remember that I love you and that I think about you all the time, even if I seem too busy to call. You are and will always be home to me, even as I make a second home for myself up here. I will be back home for Thanksgiving, so hit me up! I will be having as much fun and debauchery as possible for the 4 days that I'm back, and I want as many of you to be part of it as possible!