My parents and I were travelling from Newcastle to Geneva on the 27th November and meeting friends, who kindly provided accommodation for us in Interlaken Ost. We were embarking on a walking trip surrounded by the beautiful scenery.
Our holiday began early with a 4.45 wake up, in preparation for a 7am flight. The flight was 1 hour 55 minutes but seemed a lot longer. We dug into our Boots meal deals and adored the views from the plane.
We were supposed to land at 10.05 (9.05 uk time time), however the plane could not land on the runway, due to high wind. It therefore took longer to get to security and we were all panicking that we would miss out train at 11.05.
Thankfully we did not miss our train and were on the platform early. While we were waiting, I decided to go to the loo and was disappointed to find that women had to pay and men didn’t.
Once I had got over that, the train arrived and it was a lot taller than those in the UK. It was also on time! We sat on the train and I felt surprisingly at home, it was like I was in the UK… the buildings and the climate were similar.
We finally arrived at Bern, to change on to our next train to Interlaken Ost. We were met at the other end by our lovely hosts, who took us to their modern apartment. It was cosy with a cute kitchen, open plan dining area and under floor heating!
We relaxed in the apartment and had a nice cup of tea. After we had recovered from the journey, we went out into Interlaken and looked around, before going to a chocolate workshop at Shuch. We were shown how to make some of their chocolates and had the opportunity to test all their chocolate (continuously). By the time we left the tour, we felt sick and queasy, and this was after making and eating our own chocolate lollipop.
We were also given an eight swiss frank voucher too, so we could choose six individual chocolates to enjoy at home. We took these back to the apartment and started to help prepare dinner – Spaghetti Bolognese and salad. We ate together and discussed news and memories over glasses of wine. It was a lovely evening to end a day of travelling.
We woke up the next morning, after a good night sleep. Today was the day where we walked from Kl. Scheidigg to Wengen. We were all booted up, and wore our warm gear and salopettes. It was not that cold on the route, but it was better to be too warm than too hot.
We made our way up on the bus and arrived at the Kl. Scheidigg, where we started our walk. We were so excited to walk.
The weather was cool and the fresh air was nice, especially as were used to city air and noise. The view was also amazing as we were isolated and surrounded by natural beauty.
It was also the first walk that I had been on since my Duke of Edinburgh in 2009 so I was pretty impressed that I did it, and actually enjoyed it.
We had a lot of fun on the way to Wengen… I found my inner love for nature and did tree hugging. I also found a really cute christmas tree, which would have been so nice to decorate and take home. That wasn’t possible, so I took a selfie with it instead!
We did have a few setbacks, such as lost possessions, so we split into two groups. While the men went hunting for our possessions, the ladies continued to Wengen. We went shopping and grabbed coffee and hot chocolate, while watching the locals.
We were reunited a few hours later, and treated ourselves to some beer, wine and nachos, before we made our way back to the apartment for dinner. We decided to stop at the coop before hand to buy some cheese fondue for dinner.
When we got back to the apartment, we cut up peppers, bread, cucumbers and courgettes to dip into the melted cheese! Dinner was divine and it tasted like heaven.
To end the heavenly evening, we watched “The Holiday” and revelled in the feel good and partly unrealistic storyline. At the end of the film, we went to bed and felt proud of what we had achieved.
We woke up the next morning and tucked into breakfast. We started to pack our stuff up before our train to Geneva Airport at 10.35.
We felt sad that we were leaving and appreciated all the efforts of our hosts for creating such a lovely weekend.
We made our way to the station and sat on the train, wondering about the next we would be in such a beautiful place. We arrived at the airport and the train got us there on time.
That’s the thing with Switzerland – the trains run like their Swiss watches – always on time!
We got our plane at 13.10. The flight went really quickly and before, we knew it, we were back in the UK and back to reality.
I loved the trip and would recommend anyone who wants to get away from busy life, just to go out and walk in such as scenic place. It was beautiful and the pictures do no justice!