Across the lake from the Steger Center rests a beautiful city named Lugano. The city is vibrant and more conducive to a lively atmosphere than the small town of Riva.
After a 15-minute train ride, we arrived in Lugano, mesmerized by the architecture, appearance, and structure of the streets. The Italian-like shopping center was built to please the eye and lighten the wallet.
As we walked through the area toward the lake, I noticed how much others enjoyed the fresh air on their national holiday.
Monday, May 21, 2018, was recognized as Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday in Switzerland. According to OfficeHolidays.com, the national holiday “marks the end of the Easter cycle that began 90 days ago with Ash Wednesday at the start of Lent.” This holiday was a concern for tourists who feared closed shops.
We continued to walk around and experience Lugano culture and customs. While waiting for a few friends outside of a store, an Italian news station approached our group and asked our professors their opinion of the holiday.
Lugano was nothing short of fascinating, amazing, and breathtaking. The mix of people, nationalities, and activities attracts individuals of all ages. Anyone can paddleboard on Lake Lugano in the middle of the Alps and the colorful buildings that pop from the mountain for as little as 12 francs.
One of my favorite moments in Lugano was watching a little girl scream in fear as a gorgeous swan snatched her ice cream. Watch that clip and more in the video below from my series “A Minute in Switz.”