Igor Travels Abroad

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Arrival in Switzerland!

After saying my teary goodbyes to my family, I am off again on a new and exciting adventure. I flew off to Frankfurt a 5PM on February 1st, 2018. I decided to spare some money and see the German and Swiss countryside by train from Frankfurt to Caux, which turned out to be a wonderful decision.


Take-off at Charlotte Douglas


Floating above the clouds




Surprisingly, the plane was 2/3 empty so I had two seats to sleep, ย stretch out in and watch some great comedies. The plane landed in Frankfurt at 6AM.



I then go to Starbucks at the Frankfurt airport train station and relaxed until boarding my train to Basel, Switzerland. I went from Frankfurt to Basel, Basel to Bern, Bern to Lausanne, Lausanne to Montreux, and finally, from Montreux, via cable car through the Swiss riviera to my new home in Caux.

TIP: I highly recommend traveling 1st class with the Deutsche Bahn. From $20-40 extra, you can enjoy traveling in a quiet room called a Ruhecabine (direct translation “Peace Cabin”) with layback comfy seats, pillows, complimentary work table with on-baord Wifi, restrooms, absolute silence and a cabin butler who will serve food and refreshments. For that price (for all 5 trains I boarded), it’s a steal!

Finally, I arrived to the Swiss Riviera.

Traveling up the snowy mountain pass to Caux Palace.

The views

Finally, I arrived. After meeting a few students, I set off to my dorm room and met my new room mate from Hong Kong. As we were all “recharging” from our long trips, we had dinner and quickly went to bed.


I did happen to get a quick photo in from my balcony before it got dark over the Alps.

In the next few days, once school starts, I will take more pictures and update you! Until then, have a fantastic weekend and I hope you enjoy the pictures!


Igor Travels Abroad




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Igor Travels Abroad is back and new travels begin!

Hello everyone!

Sorry to leave you the past couple of years! I actually forgot about blogging but wanted to pick it back up. I will resume my blog though starting today because I have exciting and new adventures coming up that I want to share with you ๐Ÿ™‚

First things first, a quick recap of what has been going on. After CBYX, I returned home to the states and finished high school. I then went off to college and did a professional internship in Germany and came back. Now, I am taking off to living my new life in Switzerland!

I think it’s important to say, I don’t want to make this blog completely about me but for you to also get some value out of it. Maybe it will inspire you to travel, to see something new or to embark on a new chapter of your life. Maybe you’re a previous CBYX applicant who needs some help applying? Who knows?! Whatever the case may be, thank you for stopping by and letting me share my adventure with you! And if you’re my friends or family or family-friends, I’m so happy to be able to keep you in the loop of what is going on in my life!

My journey will begin next week as I will depart to beginning my studies at SHMS Caux, a hotel management school located at the Swiss Alps on Lake Geneva. My combinations of passion for business, travel, languages, hospitality, luxury, cooking and more have brought me here.

Throughout the next half of a year, I will be sharing this trip with you. From imagery of Switzerland and Europe to some updates about what is going on, I sincerely hope you will enjoy it. Now, I am off to pack my bags and get ready, for next Thursday at 4PM is departure time. I will leave you with a quote.

“Live with intention.

Walk to the edge.

Listen hard.

Practice wellness.

Play with abandon.

Laugh. Choose with no regret.

Continue to learn.

Appreciate your friends.

Do what you love.

Live as if this is all there is.”



And with that being said, have a fantastic day!

Talk soon,

Igor Miller








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A New Seat at the Table

This used to be our expression at my host-family in Germany, “We lay a new table cover at the table.”

On Saturday, we will be too, welcoming Marc, a new member of our family! He is with the same program as I attended last-year, but coming from Germany to the USA.

I think, personally, it will be interesting to see what my host-family experienced in person and just a great way to be able to meet new, incredible people and open our home to them.


I will be blogging as well as Marc this year about our experiences and what we see. I think it will be like the exchange year all over again and I am really excited! We will see ๐Ÿ™‚


We can’t wait to meet him at the airport!


Also, stay tuned for updates on the e-commerce website coming up at the end of the month! I hope your excited as I am!


I will be offering a free raffle picture giveaway. In order to be eligible, you need to complete a purchase of a piece of art on the site (the money will be going toward a travel fundraiser) and your name will be automatically entered for the raffle. Check out the post here to see what it’s all about!



As always, all the best and thanks for reading! It’s incredible how many new things can happen in just a year. Yesterday, last year, was the day I first arrived in Germany :’) And it will always hold a place in my heart and one of my “homes”.


Home is where family is…. What does home stand for to you? Tell us below ๐Ÿ™‚ Everyone has a story.



To You,



PS: And again happy b-day to my Host-Grandma! And Condolences to the Robin Williams’ family for their loss.