The views and charms of Switzerland
Trip Start Nov 30, 2012
11Trip End Jan 30, 2013
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What a nice Swiss town…the capital in fact! Yes, but I guess like the Swiss it's an unassuming place. Nothing magnificent or grand here but boy is it picturesque, both inside and around. I don’t know if it’s worth making a big trip for (especially after my experience there haha) BUT if you find yourselves in Bern for a day…even a couple hours…it is a really nice place to see.
We got there after a super awesome train ride from Venice that passed through Milan. Weather just got colder and who would’ve thought it but we got SNOW while travelling on the train! I guess it didn’t technically snow on us but it was snowing! And a lot I might add as well with some of the really nice fluffy stuff which I found surprising in Italy but I wasn’t complaining
Got to Bern in the afternoon and headed on our way to the hostel, the thing that struck me the most at first was how old the city centre looked! And so coherent too! Not a modern building in sight. Was wonderful walking past these olive green houses with the very ingeniously designed undercover arcades…one of the longest in Europe apparently! They also had these cool doors that opened to an entire floor underneath‼ Anyways got there to our hostel…was smaller than our Venice appartments haha BUT was still very roomy and very nice with sloping roof and everything. Dumped our stuff and off we went!
As much as I like Bern, the place doesn’t really have the sights you would associate with a big touristy place…well that’s cos it isn’t! anyways, the thing is don’t spend that much time looking for grand place cos you won’t find it which we quickly found out XD. So instead for our first day we had some awesome fun in the snow, and you know what? It was awesome fun! Ah I really miss the snow, and it was the good fluffy kind! So of course snow balls, mini snow men and snow angels were found to follow =) Was a shame we only really had 5 cm of snow or so and that it was already starting to melt slightly but until it now it was our 'snow’ day
Didn’t do much after that, checked out a lot of the souvenir shops on the way and in a word, expensive. Actually for most things in Switzerland, expensive is probably the first adjective that will come to mind shortly being followed by quality =). Was especially cool seeing a wall of synchronised clocks TO THE SECOND and was trying to figure out how long it must’ve taken them to get them all exactly the same before the lady behind the counter said they were radio controlled. Haha guess I should’ve thought of that! So anyways, walking back to our hostel…meet a group of meeting having a blast drinking gluhwein on the street and it smelt good too ^^. Wanted to push past them and almost got squeezed to death, didn’t realise the Swiss were that stubborn…shortly after we pass the bunch…I feel my pocket and…my wallet is gone…
Writing in hindsight of course I should’ve realised what had happened but I was in Switzerland and in Bern of all places where the people are old and rich. So I check my pockets, my bag, everyone else’s bags, surely I must’ve just misplaced or dropped it somewhere
Needless to say I didn’t feel especially great for the rest of the night and I don’t know whether it was cos we lost money or just the simple fact that everything in Bern was so expensive (probably both), we decided to go buy some supermarket food. Instant carbonara and mee goreng from a packet…mmmm
Next day was much better, weather was still kinda dull and to make matters worse it had rained so our nice little snow cover had turned to slushy =(
Had a late lunch after that for some awesome (and expensive) Swiss dishes, I don’t know what it was but with the cold outside and the beer it just went together so well. A hearty meal of pork chops, potatoes (kinda between baked and fried that was AMAZING) and cheese…mmmm. And that was pretty much our day, had a train to catch later that night and everything was really too expensive to do much else so it was a lot of window shopping.
Et voila, Bern where the sights are picturesque and the locals know how to run a museum but beware your wallet and make sure you have money to spend! XD