Interlaken, Switzerland – “If I’m Going To Have To Pay $30 For Hash Browns, They Better Make Me Crap Gold.”

Switzerland.

Switzerland is expensive.

Switerzerland is SO GODDAMN EXPENSIVE.

Upon reaching Interlaken, an extreme sports capital, we sat down for a quiet lunch at a local eatery and ordered Switzerland’s most characteristic dish: Rosti. These were glorified hash browns with bits in them. Still, good, though.

They set us back $27 dollars each. (The Swiss franc is worth slightly more than the dollar, but for all intents and purposes I’ve set them equal. The actually conversion value is a bit worse!)

What. The. Shit.

$27 for something you could get at Denny’s.

Leaving that unpleasantness behind us, we resolved to buy all our food from grocery stores from now on, which we did, after a Lake Cruise.

Switzerland.

Switzerland is beautiful.

Switzerland is SO GODDAMN BEAUTIFUL.

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Our Lake Cruise, which was really a commuter boat took us around the heart of Lake Thun for two hours and provided us with views of the most beautiful Swiss landscape we’d ever seen…

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…until our trip to Jungfraujoch.

You’re not familiar with Jungfraujoch, you say?

Well, it’s the tallest train station in Europe, locally known as “the top of the world”. It is located almost 12,000 feet above sea level, and is drilled through a mountain.

That is most batshit insane thing I’ve ever heard.

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Sunday was another treat for the eyes as we went up to Lautebrunnen to see some killer waterfalls and hiked our way back into town. Again, pictures are better than words. (I believe 1000:1 is the conversion rate.)

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After the hike, we hit up Zurich for Rohan and Ryan’s last night in Europe. Not as big of a bust as Salzburg, we managed to get a pizza pie (for another $30), and drank a bit in the hotel bar. A decent send off. More so than carousing outside a Burger King.

The morning came, and I was on my own, off to Italy.

Molto Bene,
Ganesh

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