Neat City

Trip Start Jun 06, 2009
Trip End Aug 31, 2009

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Youth Hostel

Flag of Switzerland  , Bern,
Monday, August 3, 2009

I arrived from Zurich after an incredibly(Joking) long 1-hour train ride.  Again the weather was rainy and miserable when I arrived.  I easily found my youth hostel and dropped my bag off. 

I got a map and went to work.  I managed to do the complete walking tour in about 3 hours.  The city was named an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 which is pretty prestigous.  I think they deserve it because the city is really neat to walk through and see.  The old town is crazy small but I think it's neat to see all the fountains, towers, and cool flags hanging outside. 

History time:  The city was founded like 1,000 years ago by some Duke guy and it has a bear for its mascot.  I've never heard it before but they have these bear pits with bears in them.  So I went to the bear pits and guess what, there were no bears in them.  They are building a new pen for them and don't have any bears in them now.  And I guess the last one that was living in them died. 

So I decided to fork over the 1 CHF for the Bern Show.  Which was a 20 minute history lesson complete with ads for Bern tourist sites.  It was kind of cheesy but informative.  It was a mix of video with moving models and what not.  They had pneumatics running a lot of it and even had some pop-up chair that for some reason was funny to me.  Next I decided to check out the Einstein Museum because he lived here for a few years and supposedly worked on his famous E=mc squared theory.  Well guess what?  It's Monday and the museum was closed.  I think that's my 4th museum that was closed on me.  Nuff said.  I headed into the Old Town and did find the Einstein Apartment which wasn't too exciting.  It was basically a studio apt that he lived in with his wife from 1905 for like two years.  Not to be Mr Negative, but they could have made it a bit better.  I made it through in 10 minutes and I read all there was to read there.  Afterward I hit the streets again and just wandered and enjoyed the sights.  There was a pretty cool Clock Tower that was built a really long time ago and has a puppet show that has been around since 1530.  Every hour this little show plays for about 30 seconds and is kind of neat.  Next I hit up a dept store to buy some snacks and fruit.  I found some shampoo on the 1st Fl and took it with me to the ground floor so I could buy it with my food in one purchase.  Apparently this isn't allowed.  Because the shampoo came from the 1st Fl, it has to be bought up there.  I said fine and carried it up there to buy it.  On the way I saw some delicious looking Swiss chocolate that I wanted to buy along with my shampoo.  Again, since the chocolate came from a different section, I couldn't buy the two together.  Even though the sections were right next to each other.  The other cash register was even 30 ft away from the one I was paying at.  If you ask me, that isn't very effecient.  That store was basically a dept store and they had everything.  If you bought socks; shampoo; and a vacuum cleaner, you would have to make 3 separate purchases because they came from different sections.  Thank you Wal-Mart! 
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