Left Our Hearts in the Swiss Alps

Trip Start Mar 01, 2012
Trip End Apr 30, 2012

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Swiss Alps

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

March 22:
Once we get in to interlaken, we happily walk 5 minutes to our B&B, are greeted by a pregnant angel who shows us to our room where we put our stuff down quickly and then head off into the picturesque city!

Interlaken can only be described in pictures, and even those snapshots fail miserably to summarize how beautiful and leave-it-to-beaver the town is. But I will say this……. if Interlaken were to have a twin sister, Crested Butte in Colorado is quite comparable….minus the swiss Alps of course

We ate a local bar that had a live band, but since us early birds got a table at 7, we only got to see the warm-up, which was still quite pleasant. The bass player strummed right next to my ear as a I dipped my bread in the steaming pot of swiss cheese, who can complain about that situation? (I'm fortunate to be slightly deaf so the bass player sounded like he was 20 yards away---I am not sure if bridget could say the same).

Later that night, I ran into an Australian pair of moms who are also doing an 8 week stint around europe… The only difference is, they are seeing half as many cities and are 3 times my age, but they had the spirit of a 21-year-old, so I found them vastly entertaining… Australians definitely been the main country Bridget and I have run in to, making me think that their employment benefits far outweigh Americans if so many of them are able to travel in the middle of March---yes, I am quite jealous

March 23:

Wake up at 7 to grab my laundry out of the washing machine after it sat there all night because I didn't have enough money to pay for a load to dry…. Lets just say, the pinks were purple, but my clothes were clean so I would consider myself a happy camper. We then enjoyed an AWESOME breakfast with nutella, fresh pastries, swiss hot chocolate, granola, and hardboiled eggs… Definitely what we needed to make it through a day of hiking through the Swiss Alps.

We head up in to the mountains after one train, a trolly, and a cable car ride, we make it to mid-range in the alps where we hike through the mountains. Speechless on the view, but I will say this: our image of the alps was extreme coldness… however, after hiking for about 10 minutes, bridget and I strip down to a t-shirt and spandex pants, only stopping because those were our last layers…. if shorts were an option, that card would have been played--it was HOT up there, very odd

After we finished our hike, we stop at the local cafe, I get a chicken/sundried tomator/mozarella pot pie and bridge gets a fantastic sandwich…all the while looking at paragliders fly over and through the peeks of the mountains… we then get a carrot cake piece to go, as well as the famous swiss chocolate bars (of course) and we then make our journey back to our B&B… But since the eurorail pass gets us free rides to anywhere in Switzerland, I thought why not take advantage of that and head off to some random city just cuz we can… So we made a detour to the town of Thun, Switzerland and were quite ecstatic that we did. This town was dream-like and had a river running throughout that not only gave the city a great source of water but seemed to be a great source of relaxation that made all the Swiss inhabitants happier than most. It was a pleasant experience and definitely adding Thun to my list of "Cities that deserve a Second, longer Look"

We took a tour of the local supermarket, purchased eggs and vegetables for dinner and then went back to our B&B to start our night in… After an hour of relaxing/napping, we head down to make our meal and end up dining with a newly wed Australian couple and another Australian couple who are studying abroad in Amsterdam but are taking the weekend off to visit Interlaken (the Ausies strike again!)… The entire evening was such a joy. We tried to some of the newly wed's pasta and listened to their traveling experiences throughout Italy via a car (made me happy that we decided to train it everywhere, much less problems)… The study abroad couple was very funny as well and we all shared a good laugh at how weird it was that no matter where you are on the sidewalk (close to a crossing zone or not), every Swiss car will stop for you--with a smile nonetheless. We also talked about how fat Americans and Australians are, as well as the embarrassment of forgetting to weigh and pull a barcode for your veggies/fruit BEFORE you reach the check-out line… Its a european thing that America should definitely start implementing

March 24:

After receiving some great advice from our Florentine friend CJ and some locals, we decide to journey back up in to the alps early in the morning, but instead of hiking or doing something that requires movement, we go to the local spa :)
For only 25 dollars, we received a day pass to the Spa at the Victorian Hotel in Wengen, Switzerland (looked just as fancy as it sounded), which gave us access to the 33 degree celcius salt water pool with jacuzzi air vents, the sauna, the steam room, two hot baths, a rest/quiet area that had panoramic views of the entire Alps, an apple and free tea. After spending about 3 hours of washing away any travel scars that we have procured over the last three weeks, Bridget and I left feeling rejuvenated and completely at ease… It was the best 25 dollars I have ever spent in my life.

And since the spa put us in such a relaxed state-of-mind, it made it that much easier to lose ourselves (and also my bathing suit) in Interlaken… After boarding the train back down the mountain, the lightbulb went off in my head, and after asking the lady with big eyes and a pathetic whimper if I could just go back up really quickly and come back down, she said it would cost me 13 CHF's--which is as much as the target bathing suit, so I decided against it…. There was also the fact that I would have five minutes to run to the hotel, ask if they had my swim suit, and purchase a 13 CHF ticket back down the mountain before our last train was scheduled to leave…. I heard Munich and Prague are cheap places, maybe I will find a swimsuit there…. Sorry mom, your daughter's lapse of memory makes an appearance once again
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