Interlaken Rocks!

Trip Start Mar 17, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Backpacker's Villa

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

After 7 days of non-stop riding from Strasbourg, we arrived Bern, Switzerland.
"Hey, it was't that difficult" I said as we pulled into the camping site in Bern.
"I guess our legs got pretty strong" said Bryan, happily.
Two days later, I had to get off and push my bicycle up the hill that was as steep as a climbing wall and seemed like it had no end.
And then it started raining. Hard. Like the hills, non-stop. We cycled from Bern to Interlaken in pouring rain for five straight hours. The scenery was amazing and the ride was easy by Switzerland standards so although we found out that our expensive rain jackets were not as water proof as we thought they were, we were in high spirits. However, the happiness was short lived - when we pulled into the campsite, we found out that everything in our panniers were either soaked or damp. That night we wanted to watch Smokey's video footage to at least warm our hearts but we found out that the camcorder was not an exception to the wetness. "dew detected" said the blinking thingie on the screen. That night was cold, our clothes were damp and it never stopped raining.
Things started improving pretty quickly when we checked into the Backpacker's Villa, the best hostel we have ever stayed in. We even had free access to the best spa we have ever been to, which, I know, does not say much. We met one of the coolest couples, Camille and Ryan from San Luis Obispo and shared a huge pot of fondue and Swiss wine. Apparently Swiss wine is pretty good but since it is not produced in high quantites, they don't export it, thus it is not well known.
And Interlaken is everything we had hoped it would be. Surrounded by snow peaked mountains, dotted by green-blue Alpine rivers and covered with vibrant spring flowers, it makes you feel like Heidi and Shephard Peter will jump out of the scenery and come running any minute! For nature lovers, this is the place to be my friends and after five days, we are sad to leave. But as always, we are excited about what lies ahead.
It's been 1,5 months on the road. Still lovin' it. Actually, lovin' it more and more every day.
Gizem and Bryan
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