Last day in Bern
Trip Start Dec 06, 2009
55Trip End Feb 05, 2010
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Well I am definitely feeling the effects of skiing from yesterday. Daniel seems to have a bit of a cold and thinks by eating more chocolate will get him better. Getting up and down stairs is slow and painful. We spent most of this morning just working out our itinerary for the rest of our trip and working out how to get from country to country. We are off to Innsbruck tomorrow morning and hopefully will be skiing by Saturday. Although the way my knee feels I think I may just get a bob sled and work my way down. Bob sledding or tobogganing is very popular here and we were surprised to see the number of trails especially for bob sledders. Many families seem to take this up. We have also noticed people going down on what looks like a wooden horse too. I can see the glint in Daniels eyes in wanting to give it a try.
After Innsbruck we intend on getting ourselves to Vienna to have a bit of a look around. From there we plan on going to Prague one of my favourite European cities. We only have three weeks now till we are back to reality!
After we got out train connections sorted we decided to go to the Einstein museum in the city. This is a museum that is pretty much dedicated to Albert Einsteins life and his work. We were interested to find out that he although was born in Germany was actually a Jew. He lived in many different parts of Europe during his lifetime and moved to the US during World War II. The museum was really modern and well set out with interactive explanations of Einsteins theories on special and general relativity. We were both very rusty on our understanding of physics so didnt spend too much time trying to work it all out.
I found Einsteins love life interesting. He had a few wives and one of those was his first cousin which was a bit of a shock. He wasnt always a brilliant scientist having failed a number of tests when he was younger and he seemed to struggle to find a job and was only at one stage living on very little money from privately teaching some students.
Aside from being famous for his scientific work he also was a well known pacifist and completely anti-military. In fact when it was time to be assessed for being enlisted in the army Einstein stated that because of his disability of foot perspiration he could not serve!
At one point he was asked to be the president of israel when their president died and although he was humbled by this he didnt accept the position because he believed he was too old. We certainly found the museum to be very interesting and its amazing that they could fill a whole museum about his life.
After the museum I did look for a bobbing head einstein for you Ivy (my sister) bu couldnt find one. The only Einstein souvenir they had on Einstein was books on his works.
We then walked into town across this bridge with beautiful views of the Swiss Parliament. Daniel then went to the bear enclosure to see if the bears were out but they obviously found it too cold as I did.
We met Alison and Nathan for dinner and had some wonderful south indian food with Kingisher beers. It was late night shopping tonight and although there were a few people around Bern is a pretty quiet place because the population here is only 120,000 people.
We loved Switzerland especially for its chocolatiers and bakerys. The winters here are long though and everywhere we look everything is covered in thick white snow. Last years winter went from October to April which I dont think I could cope with. The day are short with there being only light from 8am till about 5pm. If we were to live here we would have to invest in some serious warm weather gear. Daniel was interested in Swiss technology when it came to their jackets and thermals. Some of the jackets which are made of goretex and wind stoppers retail for over $700! There are also of course many watch shops here with swiss brands we have never even heard of but that have existed for over a hundred years. Swiss knives are of course on sale just about everywhere it seems and we even came across a guns shop.
We have enjoyed staying with Alison and Nathan a lot and have really enjoyed their company and friendship. Thanks guys!
Ly and Daniel