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Best stop on the trip by far.... INTERLAKEN!!!!!

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So I haven’t updated anything since leaving Milan. Interlaken in Switzerland was just sooooo busy for us that I didn’t have time. So we took 2 trains from Milan to Interlaken and got there in the afternoon of July 6th. We checked into our hostel which was so awesome. Interlaken is the adventure sport capital of Europe but it’s got a very small town feel, so the Balmer’s Hostel has everything you need. It’s huge to begin with then it has a club, a bar, so many common areas, a relaxation room with hammocks and couches and stuff to hang out. Tons of stuff to do, happy hour and a bbq every night and then club Metro, which is open to everyone in the town since there’s only 2 clubs so lots of locals and backpackers. Leah’s bf Mike flew in to travel with us for 2 weeks so we met up with him at the hostel after getting settled. Switzerland is known for their fondue, so we went to a little fondue place and had an amazing dinner. We heard Switzerland was expensive but had no idea it would be THAT expensive, but this is a once in a lifetime trip for us so we try not to let expense dictate too much. Interlaken for sure ended up being the most expensive stop for us. We had dinner and then went to the bar for a couple drinks and then headed to bed. Shannon, Sheena and I stay in an 8 person dorm at the hostel and Mike and Leah got a hotel for their first night. Woke up the next morning and decided which excursions we were going to do. Everywhere you go they advertise all the sports and things available, adventure is definitely what people go there for. There’s canyoning, rafting, skydiving, bungee jumping, parasailing, paragliding, hiking, mountain biking, renting quads or mopeds, and probably a lot more. We decided on rafting for the first day. So we got picked up at 12:30 and went to the base tent and got our wetsuits and helmets and everything then headed to the river. Our guide Todd was from New Zealand and he was awesome, super nice but also knew the river really well and knew what he was doing, being as the river was a class 4 at the time and class 6 is not possible to raft on, it made us more confident for sure. That last for only a few minutes lol.. we put the raft in right in the middle of the first big set of rapids and within a minute we almost lost everyone out of the boat! It was definitely intense because the water was low and FREEZING. At one point you have to pull your raft out and bus down about 1 km because there’s a fish farm at one point of the river and because that part of the river is so dangerous the Swiss police made it illegal for anyone to kayak, raft or anything in that area. So we pulled our raft out and then launched again further down to finish the river. It was such a great day on the river we all really enjoyed it. Headed back to the base for a couple beers and to pick up our pictures that they took along the way. Went back to the hostel and grabbed a bite to eat and started the best drinking game ever Kings Cup with a bunch of people... stocked up on drinks at happy hour and then made our way to the club downstairs for some more drinks... had an awesome night met some guys that work at the hostel and partied til the club closed. It was so weird, after it closed Shannon and I and a couple of the guys that work there were standing at the front of the hostel and I looked up and some dude was hanging out of the 2nd story window from a planter with his back to the ground! The planted snapped off he bailed so hard onto the cement. Everyone was choked cuz they thought he was just wasted, so Sebastien and a couple other bouncers went over to kick him out of the hostel but it turns out he was sleepwalking! lol soooo messed up but he was sober as could be and couldnt remember how he ended up outside! lol anyways had to add that in cuz it was so funny. We all headed to bed for the big day the next day... BUNGY JUMPING!

Posted by courtney21 09:46 Archived in Switzerland

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