Bern & Luzern

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Flag of Switzerland  , Zürich,
Saturday, June 25, 2011

 The plan for the day was to head to Bern to check out the capital then head to Luzern where we would meet up with Tom. The original plan wasn't to go to Bern because it is such an expensive train ride but since we have our Eurorail pass and Louise gets 50% off we decided to go. Garret joined us as well because he had only seen Bern in the winter. Bern is famous for Albert Einstein and the Bernstein Bears (Ok, maybe not the BernSTEIN Bears but the Bear is Bern`s mascot and they have a few and we just put 2 and 2 together, lol). We started by seeing the bears because every time Louise was here she got lost and could never find where they were (it was pretty easy to find them, haha).

The town built the bears a new enclosure with river access, trees and caves. Considering before they were just in a huge concrete pit it`s really nice. Three of the bears were just sleeping under a tree while a fourth was sitting in the water chewing on a plastic bottle (how safe is that you ask?, you ask him to give it up then).

After the bears we went to a cathedral and decided to climb the stairs to get a better view of the city. 343 stairs up and down and all spiral staircase. Going up that high while spinning in one direction gets you awefully dizzy but the view was well worth it and we got some beautiful pictures before going down. We were going to go to the parliament building and take a tour but all the tours were full which was good considering we had a train to catch in 10 minutes and we were a ways from the station, oops.

We made our tain to Luzern and it turns out they were having 'LuzernFest' which is a big celebration where thousands of people crowd the streets, drink & eat lots, and listen to live music. It was an awesome environment because we don't get gigantic street festivals back home and you can drink anywhere you want which is nice. We met up with Tom there and walked to a park where we could lie on the grass away from the crowds and visit. We were just sitting drinking on the grass when we noticed a group of ducks waddling there way towards us, since I (James) don't like birds very much I took my sandle off and got ready to defend myself. They ended up being nice and just wanted food but all we had were ginger cookies, so we said screw it, ducks are strong they can take some sugar. We eventually got them to eat out of our hands. They enentually left and we saw them waddle over to a couple kanoodling in the grass, who didn`t enjoy their company and the guy also took off his sandal and immediately scared them off, haha.

After sitting in the park for a while we were getting hungry and had earlier saw a chicken stand selling whole chickens so we headed towards where that was. On the way there we had to refuel ourselves a couple times with beer of course (Jackie doesn`t like beer but Tom and Louise introduced her to Sprite and beer, which they have a name for but we can`t remember, and it was great for her). By the time we found the food stand we were starving and devoured the food while listening to a band play on the stage. I was busy taking a picture when the band finished a song so I couldn't clap and a Swiss lady yelled at me for not clapping. Well every time they finished a song after that I clapped louder than everyone else, that seemed to satisfy her. We had just enough time to see the fireworks show and have an icecream before heading back to the station to get the last train back to Zurich at 12am.

We collapsed into bed because we had to get up at 7am to go hiking up a mountain.
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