# Switzerland

#### 30 Jun 2018 View Comments #switzerland #zurich #travellog #encoding

This spontaneous vacation actually ended in a sweet and essential trip. I certainly enjoyed every single day in Switzerland. It was definitely memorable and great experience for me to understand cultural differences. I am really satisfied overall with the trip.

### June 21st, Wednesday

When I woke up I decided to brew some coffee on a moka pot. Guess what? It slipped my mind that I had the pot on the stove and headed upstairs to rest. By the time I realized, the house was filled with smokes. I honestly thanked God that I didn’t burn the house. After those hectic moments, my wife once again finished early @ noon. We decided to visit Lucerne. Everything in this little town was just like what I would usually see on the postcards. Antique buildings, clean streets, kind people, and most notably, crystal clear water.

### June 22nd, Thursday

My schedule was pretty empty that I had time to visit another ASVZ fitness center. I decided to try the Winterthur one since it is close to where I am. From the Winterthur railway station, it was located 1 KM away from it. After enjoying walking for a bit, I arrived at an industrial building looking place. I wasn’t sure whether there would be a gym at all. The person I met said gym is located around the corner. When I entered the gym, it was seriously the best gym I have ever been to. All the equipment was clean and stairmaster is the only thing missing really. After my workout and shower, the first thing I looked up was the beer brewery around the town. The map said there are a couple within a few KMs so I took the bus to get there. It was pretty hard to locate. Even with the map, it was like really hidden inside the industrial buildings. I managed to find it and spoke to the workers inside. I realized they are actually factories without any tasting rooms. The workers were a bit surprised by my visit and they looked at me with odd faces. They were really kind though, to even get me one of their popular beer for free! After a long walk in a sunny weather, the beer tasted like the water in a desert. I wandered around for a bit on my own in Winterthur and came back via Gruze railway station. I was exhausted after I came back. I must have walked nearly 20KM altogether.

### June 22nd, Friday

I literally had no plan on visiting anywhere in Switzerland. I really just came without even looking or planning. Well, we decided to do some touring and the first suggestion was to visit the Jungfrau. My wife and I met at the Zurich Hauptbahnhof around noon to catch a train to Interlaken via Lucerne. The scenery to Interlaken was astounding and speechless. The sunny sky seemed to make the lake, even more, crystal clear. Mountains were high with thick forest. We went to check in at the Gasthof Schoenegg B&B. The rooms were a bit antique but the hostess was really friendly and polite. I had a look over the town and we went to bed early to get up early to head up the mountain!

### June 23rd, Saturday

We woke up around 7 AM to eat breakfast. It was super delicious and fancy. The view from where the table we ate was spectacular. Sunrise made it look only better. We took the 8 AM train to head to Lauterbrunnen. It is supposed to be a transfer stop for a next train to head to the top of Jungfrau. However, we decided to have a look around the town where we spent just over an hour. We then took another chained train up to Kleine Scheidegg. There we transferred to another train to Jungfraujoch(Top of Europe). At the top, I felt kind of dizzy and short of breathing. When I asked my wife if she feels the same way, she said she’s fine. I walked slowly with a deep breath once a while. The dizziness seemed to have gotten better. There were bits of everything for tourists like us to spend time. We ended up spending another 2 hours then came back down. In the middle of coming back down, the train stopped for a quick washroom visit. I thought it was a stop for us to take some photos. So I went outside to take some. By the time I am done, I realized my train left without me. I calmed myself and saw another train coming right behind, I explained to the worker there what happened, he told me to hop on the train and get off next stop. I eventually was able to meet with my wife. After we came back down, it was almost nightfall that we came back to Zurich Hauptbahnhof where we booked another hotel to stay before my departure.

### June 24th, Sunday

We planned initially to stay at a fancy hotel for our last night together in Switzerland. We stayed at Hotel Schweizerhof. The room was comfortable and clean and the service was excellent. We had a buffet-style breakfast there, all the foods tasted really good. Too bad I wasn’t that hungry. After the breakfast, we travelled one train stop to Flughafen to catch my flight back to Vancouver. The gate for my flight was so far from the entrance which took me nearly 30 minutes to find it. I arrived on time though. After the dreadful 10-hour flight, I am back in Vancouver safely and I am glad to have this spontaneous 1-week vacation!