Switzerland is Beautiful... even in the rain!

Trip Start Jul 31, 2007
Trip End Sep 25, 2007

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Monday, August 6, 2007

In the morning we got up super early to leave Germany and head towards Switzerland. Probably the most interesting part of the drive was listening to our tour guide (who could speak for hours without taking a breath) talk about all the interesting things about Switzerland.  The most interesting stuff was about the Swiss Military... they have done some brilliant things. For example, there are a ton of tunnels for the roads in Switzerland, however, NONE of them are straight... the reason... so that missiles cant pass through them!! AND, did you know that Switzerland has the ability to close down their borders entirly in less than 12 minutes!! It's also mandatory for men to serve in the military there... and they have to have their guns and uniforms ready at home, just in case!! Now really, who in their right mind would start a fight with them!!

Anyways... we arrived in Lucerne and were let loose to shop and wander around for a while. This is where I made my big splurg and purchased a very expensive, but extremely beautiful swiss watch... I am accepting donations to help me pay for it ;-) After that, we just sat at the edge of Lake Luzern and had some ice cream just before meeting up again with our tour group to go on a boat cruise of Lake Luzern. This was absolutely gorgeous. We cruised around the massive lake at the base of several mountains spotted with gorgeous houses and the occaisional 'castle-like' building. We crossed the lake over to the town of Staansted where we got back on our tour bus and head up a bunch of very windy, and skinny, roads to our hotel in the little town of Engelberg.

Once we arrived at our hotel, there was all of about 10 minutes before its started to rain... and rain... and rain... for the rest of our stay in Switzerland, it rained, a lot! But, the town was absolutely surrounded by mountains, the biggest of which was Mount Titlis, and we had absolutely amazing views 360 degrees around us. Plus, our hotel room had a little balcony on which we could sit and take it all in... it was lovely!!  We had the rest of the afternoon to ourselves to wander around, which we did! There really wasnt much to do, but it was nice to just take it easy for a change. That night we had dinner with our group and then everyone chatted over a few drinks. We went back to hang out in our hotel rooms with some other tour group members and later that evening we ventured over to the only nightclub in the town... which wasnt really a night club... it was a pub with some fancy lights and an Ipod for a DJ!! But it was a good time nonetheless, and we got to dance and carry-on a little before calling it a night and going to bed.

The next morning we got up and joined our tour group for a trip up to the top of Mount Titlis... in the rain of course!! We took, in total, 3 gondola rides up to the top, including one rotating gondola which is supposed to be amazing to appreciate the views... however, the rain made for foggy conditions and there was little we were able to see. Once we got to the top, Britt, Derek (a fellow traveller) and I ran straight for the snow. Played around a little, and then found a little hill where we perched ourselves on and ambushed any other Contiki group members that came along with snowballs. It reminded me of home a little... haha. Being that we had already been wet from the rain on the way up, we didnt last long before we were too cold to stay outside in the snow so we went back inside for a quick walk around the Glacier cave there... nothing to spectacular... then had a quick lunch and headed back down the mountain for hot showers and dry clothes. We pretty much lazed around for the rest of the day, which was wonderful!! And of course, it was still raining!!
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