A Swiss summer
Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
111Trip End Ongoing
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Around the same time as this festival, our room was upgraded in the hostel. We now have our own sitting area, shower, and kitchenette! (see video) It took no time at all to spread out all of the stuff that we have accumulated since stopping here in October. We love the space
Although our room is fantastic we have managed to pull ourselves away from there to explore a little. We have been on quite a few hikes and we even managed to climb to one of the peaks in the range across from the hostel. It is the one in the pictures that looks like a pyramid. The peak is at about 2,300 metres and the view from the top was amazing. It was a harder walk down than up. It was quite steep and we took a not so noticeable short cut as rain was moving in. We made it nonetheless and felt great for making it to the top.
You may remember last year for Canada Day we were in Edinburgh and took part in (read: won) a Canadian pub quiz. We thought about heading to Geneva this July 1 as there is a pub there that we like that was hosting a Canadian trivia quiz. We decided that we didn't think it would be fair to win another quiz so we didn't go and let someone else win. Instead we put on a Canada Day Trivia event here at the hostel. It was awesome! Megan made Nanaimo bars and butter tarts (we didn't know that butter tarts were not international) and we made Poutine for everyone. There were about 20 people involved and our prizes were Jelly donuts for 3rd place, Kraft Dinner for 2nd, and a bottle of Canadian Club for the winners. We had a lot of fun and since Canada Day we have had a few more "Poutine nights" as it is now a hostel favourite.
A couple days later we went on the "Chocolate Train" (birthday present). It is an old train from 1931 that is done up all first class like. It even has an old oak bar in one of the cars. The train left from Montreux and first went to Gruyere (yes as in the cheese). There we toured the Gruyere cheese factory and strolled around the old town before stopping for lunch at a beautiful terrace on the main strip. Gruyere is gorgeous. It is perched up on a hill and has all the traditional old village staples like a castle, cobblestone streets, and of course tons of tacky tourist shops. Quite the quaint and comfortable little place. We then hopped back on the train and headed to Broc, home to the Cailler-Nestle chocolate factory. This place was great. After a brief yet informative tour we hit the tasting room. We expected to be able to sample a few kinds of their chocolate, but when we walked in they had counters full of squares and truffles with more kinds than we could fit in us..
After a few days to try and digest all of the cheese and chocolate, Swiss Day was upon us (August 1). It was a fun day of sampling Swiss food, watching the parade (yes cows were involved), and of course fireworks. They have quite the history considering Switzerland became a national entity in 1291. Pretty amazing stuff.
I will end for now but we will be posting another entry in a couple of weeks. We are leaving Switzerland shortly to continue our journey. We should have our plans firmed up soon and we look forward to sharing them with you.
Hope all is well! Miss you!
Megan and Kevin