Fun fun fun
07.10.2011 - 09.10.2011
Switzerland is awesome!! Thanks to Dr Nicko at Bebbie's at Interlaken for a hilarious night whilst we ate delicious cheese fondue, potato rosti and chocolate fondue. It's a night we'll never forget. The trip up to Jungfrau mountain on the cog rail train was a unique experience. Snow making the mountainside and chalets look very pretty. Snow ball fights are a must of course. When the advice is to go slow take note. The altitude caused us to feel a little woozy and like we were at one of Gareth's training sessions when we were just walking. Pretend skating in the ice palace was fun and the palace itself very cool, literally as well. Unfortunately due to the snow and wind we only made it out the door a few feet on the Top of Europe to snap a couple photos, get very white, some even with frozen hair, before quickly scampering back inside. People even had an inflatable kangaroo in the snow! Looking at postcards the views would have been astounding if the weather was clear. Ah well maybe next time. Disappointed the paragliding was too wet to do after making up my mind to do it. Jumping off the mountain to drift slowly down would have been a once in a life time activity with stunning views.
To anyone doing the cog railway trip on a budget take your own lunch and snacks with you. Food and drink is not the cheapest at the top. Macdonalds here not cheap either but free wi-fi is good.
Some stores etc will accept euros and other currencies for payment and give you swiss francs for change. The whole converting of money has been doing our heads in. Withdrawal of cash for CHF costing an arm and a leg in bank fees and exchange rates. Eg 200 CHF cost me $241.75. When withdrawing cash we were given the option of
having it taken from our accounts in CHF or AU. Of course we chose wrongly as we don't know all the rules. Possibly we should have chosen AU. Maybe that would have made a difference. Who knows?
Yes it is cold here but no colder than a cold Autumn day in Tasmania. Scenery here is stunning.
We are currently on the bus driving to Geneva for lunch then pushing on to Annecy where apparently we can bicycle ride or take a boat out on the lake.
Pattern of the tour is a day of travel with regular stops, orientation of town/city upon arrival, dinner on the first night together, free day of exploration the next day/night or group activity then move on the next day early. There are strict laws on how long Martin can drive and how long he had to rest.
Gives us a chance to journal, prepare the blog and emails and/or postcards ready for the next free wi-fi spot or post office.
The trip we are on ends for us in Rome but some lucky people are going on to Vienna, Prague etc. Their complete tour 28 days. That would be awesome. The group is great. Mostly Australians with one lone Brit. 5 Tasmanians including Jude and I.
Jus - we are managing to get our laundry done you'll be pleased to know. We've been very creative with drying solutions.
Time is flying.
Bye for now xx