Danish Kartoffelferie, Ten Days of Potato Picking!! (Part One)

Last week was Kartoffelferie, which is Denmark’s ten day potato holiday. Why is it called a potato holiday, you ask? Well, in Denmark this autumn break used to be extremely important for potato harvesting; thus, families and their children took days off to help along in the potato fields. Now, I didn’t actually go anywhere near potato fields. In fact, I did the polar opposite vacationing across Italy and Switzerland with my family for ten days. And yes, school is going great!!!!


Thursday, October 11, I flew into Milan and met my mom, dad, and brother who just arrived from the states. We chose to travel to Milan because it is in a great location to travel to neighboring areas and relatively cheap to fly into. The next morning we hopped on a train to Zermatt, Switzerland. Learn from our mistake and book the train tickets in advance because either they will sell out, you will have to sit first class (which isn’t a terrible thing tbh), or you will not be seated all together as a group. Our tickets from Milan to Brig were 64 Euro per person in first class. Then we had to pay 20 Euro per person for the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn from Brig to Zermatt. Zermatt is a car free village with an insane view of the famous Matterhorn. Zermatt is located in a beautiful valley of the Swiss Alps, one of the best locations in the world for skiers and hiking all year round.

Upon our arrival we trekked up a hill with all our luggage and settled in at our chalet, which had a stunning view facing the Matterhorn. Then we decided to explore the village by going on a mini hike along a trail through the beautiful Gorner Gorge. This was really nice and rewarding. I was so happy to spend time with my family and was just starting to get used to having them around, which was nice in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

The next morning we woke up a little later than expected and decided to go on the 5-Seenweg, Five Lakes Hike. I have been planning this for months and was so happy to experience it in person. In every one of the five lakes you would get the reflection of the Matterhorn, which was so cool. At the end of the hike my parents were exhausted and still very jet lagged so we decided to chill out that evening with some fondue and chill vibes. Side note, we were really blessed with incredible weather. It was sunny the entire stay and made the hike all the more amazing. Granted, we were expecting rain and thunderstorm from the forecast we saw the week prior.

Following our trip in Switzerland, we made our way back to Milan to pick up a rental car and start our four hour journey to Assisi, Tuscany, Italy. We had some trouble at the Sixt car rental agency who completely ignored our reservation, which was made over a month ago. Therefore, we had to rent from Avis instead, which only had a manual car that could fit all of our luggage. Keep in mind, none of us know how to drive manual transmission well, except for my brother, and even that was challenging for him at times, which is completely understandable. It was quite and experience stalling on the highway, hills, and in traffic. Pro tip: don’t book car rentals with Sixt and don’t bring so much luggage like we did, pack light!


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