My Favorite things about Switzerland:
- The Chocolate. Let’s be honest it’s the best in Europe, maybe the world. I guess I need to travel the world and eat chocolate to confirm that. Regardless, Bradley and I have a mound of chocolate bars for souvenirs.
- The Cow Bells. I step off the train in the small mountainous town of Grindewald and hear a chorus of bells. All the cows wear cow bells so that the owners know where they are. Awww, the constant distant chiming made Switzerland magical.
- The Trains. I trained from Paris to Zurich and met up with Bradley. Over the weekend we trained our way through the country to Lucerne, and Grindelwald. Let me emphasize that the train system is incredible. The Swiss built a cogwheel track that leaves from Grindelwald and climbs over 6,000 feet. Then the Jungfrau railway takes you to Eiger Glacier station which includes a famous restaurant that overlooks the North Face. From there the train carves THROUGH the mountain and takes you to the top of Europe, aka Jungfraujoch at 11,000 feet. This railway was built ages ago for no purpose other than pleasure. Just because. Incredible, right?
- The Mountains. Swiss Alps? Eiger’s North Face? It almost goes without saying that Switzerland has stunning mountains. They are so picturesque that I was expecting “Heidi” to come frolicking down the mountainside. In Lucerne we met an Australian skydiver in our hostel that hoped to make a jump the following day in Interlaken. He about had us sold when he explained you would be skydiving over the swiss alps, overseeing several countries, and viewing perfectly situated glacier lakes and valleys the whole way down. But he lost us when he mentioned it would be our most expensive dive. Switzerland is expensive. Even though we didn’t get the bird’s eye view we loved looking up at the mountains in Grindelwald. Our Hostel had a perfect view of Eiger’s North Face. The North face has been described as a sick man’s concaved chest. It attracts experienced climbers all over the world and has taken too many lives to not draw attention. Bradley showed me a BBC documentary on Eiger that was thrilling. I highly recommend it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEYiSeDr1UE