01.07.2011 - 01.07.2011 20 °C
Happy Canada Day! We started this fantastic day taking a train from Basel to Interlaken Ost. The ost is very important because if you don’t pay attention you’ll get off at the wrong station. This did not happen to us, but it could have. We wrote Happy Canada Day! on a German newspaper and then a sweet old lady asked for it. We gave it to her right away. The train ride was two hours long. When we got off Shane bought tickets for our trip to Gimmelwald and I stood guard of Gary, Charlie and Mary (our luggage.)
While we were waiting for our train to Lauterbrunnen a couple from London chatted us up. Shane was writing on Gary, instructing everyone not to pick him up by the handle, the gentleman asked what he was doing and we told him. We were writing on him because we’re going to get rid of it as soon as we get home, making him funny makes the experience more enjoyable. He was broken, we were writing on him like a cast. The gentlewoman suggested we get people to sign him. They were our first. They wrote “Good luck with this questionable case! Best wishes Adrian and Alison (from London)” This was very cool!
We got off the train in Lauterbrunnen and waited for a bus to Schilthornbahn. The bus came and filled up quickly. We got off at our stop and the two of us carried Gary up the stairs to the cable car station. We made the five minute ride with our mouths hanging open, the Bernese Alps are AMAZING! Our hostel is one of the few buildings in Gimmelwald so we were there as soon as we stepped off the car. We carried Gary up two more flights of stairs and ditched him. Shane and I ate the rest of Opa Sigfried’s speck on buns with alp butter looking to the mountains.
The hostel only offers some dinner options so we needed to buy groceries. The closest grocery store was in Mürren an 4.40SF trip each, each way or a 30 minute hike. We had no idea how hard it would be! We decided to be cheap and do the hike. It was exhausting, Shane panted like a dog. We had our first experience with the Alpen cows (as we call them.) These are beautiful cows with large bells around their necks. They graze the gorgeous meadows bells jingling away and look so happy, just like cows should be.
We bought some postcards and wandered around Mürren petting cats and stopping to gawk over the epic views. It was a bit cloudy so every time you turn around a different piece of mountain would expose itself and you would gasp and point again. We found the grocery store and bought eggs and potatoes for breakfast and apples and bread for lunch. We left heading back to Gimmelwald. Along the way we stopped at every garden we came across. The vegetables all planted in neat tidy rows, growing look so healthy and clean! No dirty air to feed to vegetables up here!
Starving we ate pizza at our hostel for dinner. The food wasn’t bad but the service (by the owner) was horrible! We couldn’t take showers because they cost money we didn’t need to spend and couldn’t use the internet because it cost money too! After a few rounds of cards we grew so sick of the flies around us, we went outside and drank a hot chocolate with great views. We went on a walk to kill some time and saw huge squash plants growing out of an enormous pile of hay. We went to bed early and with the lights on as our 14 roommates came in and out late into the evening. I love hostels.