Trip Start Mar 03, 2011
Trip End Jun 03, 2011

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Flag of Switzerland  , Swiss Alps,
Sunday, April 24, 2011

So, gettin to Zermatt was tricky- we had one bus and five different trains... so five connections.... five very SHORT connections... sometimes just a few minutes from one train to the next.  I don't know how we did it... but we did.  We made every connection without a hitch.  It was 13 hours of travel time total, so we didn't get to Zermatt until close to 10pm.  I couldn't sit still on the last train, I was just so damned excited!  Chris was suffering from motion sickness, tho.  Poor kid.  lol, when we got to our 8 bed dorm, it was totally dark!  Everyone was already sleeping!  So unusual.  "You what that means, Chris.  They're all snowboarders and they'll be up at the crack of dawn."  (And they were).  We weren't tired, so we walked the streets of Zermatt for a couple hours until almost midnight.  Most places were closed, but several bars and restaraunts were still open.  We wandered around looking at menu prices.  It looked like we'd be starving here.  One alcholic drink is 20CHF... roughly $22.  ONE DRINK!  Most of the meals were 30-40CHF.  Oh god.  Even McDonalds Happy Meals were in the double digits, lol.  So, we were pretty glad we only decided to stay two nights here in Zermatt.  Just too damned expensive!  We're headed to Interlaken next, and that should be more affordable.

Just as I had predicted, the entire dorm started getting up at 6:30am.  Sigh.  By the time the last people were done getting ready, it was 8am, and I was no longer able to sleep.  We met a couple American college kids, though, and chatted it up over breakfast this morning.  They're both studying abroad, and the girl invited us to stay with her in Amsterdam.  So that might be pretty neat!  They told us of a nice hike they did the day before, so that's what we decided to do today.  We spent five hours hiking up the river that runs through Zermatt.  Most of the trail was on what's called the Matterhorn Trail, which doesn't actually go to the Matterhorn as far as I know, but offers some damned good views of the mountain.  We were totally afraid the weather would be crap.  When I had checked the weather a few days before, it was supposed to rain all week.  On the train ride up, it was raining.  When we woke up this morning, it was clear and beautiful with nearly unobscured views of the Matterhorn!  The Matterhorn is a cloud magnet... there's always clouds swirling about it, sometimes blocking the view.  We got lucky, though, because on our hike back there were a lot more clouds and you couldn't see the mountain anymore.  The other cool thing about this trail, and many many trails in the Alps, was the presence of a small restaraunt smack in the middle of nowhere on the trail.  It  has to suck getting supplies up to it.  Amazingly, the food and drinks were cheaper here than back in town.  We both enjoyed a beer with amazing views of the valley.  =)

For the rest of the night we plan on getting food... and then I'm not sure what.  Probably walk around the town some more and check out the memorial and cemetery (it was covered in lit candles for Easter when we arrived last night- eerie and cool at the same time) for all the people who have died on the Matterhorn.  Tomorrow morning we're leaving for Interlaken!  Another adventure capital within the Alps... just a tiny bit cheaper.  =)
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