Hey everyone! I am so excited to write about Switzerland because it was unexpectedly one of my absolute favorite trips so far. First of all, we booked this trip through the touring company Bus2Alps and if you are going to come to Switzerland, I recommend doing it with them because you can completely plan your whole trip and all the different activities you want specifically want to do, but they help you with connections and transportation to these places to make it easier for you. For example, Switzerland is usually a place where people go to do extreme sporting such as sky diving and paragliding. All of my friends do these types of activities but I personally am not interested in extreme sporting so it was nice to have the company help me plan what I was going to do while my friends did this. We were in Interlaken, Switzerland which is a very small touristy village that you can completely walk around in less than an hour. That being said, Bus2Alps helped me book an appointment with the local spa while my friends were off doing their sporting appointments and it was the most amazing spa I have ever been to in my whole life. At this spa, I got a manicure and pedicure. After this, I used their facilities such as the sauna, the steam room, and their pools. Not only was it amazing to be alone and enjoy this relaxing day but the best part about the spa was that there was an indoor hot tub that led into the outdoors only to overlook the Swiss Alps. This was such an amazing way to enjoy the views and although this is not the typical way to enjoy the mountains, it is definitely something to consider if you do not want to do extreme sporting like myself. Then, we walked to a near by lake that had such beautiful water that was the brightest blue I've ever seen! The next day, my friends and I went on the Interlaken free walking tour which was led by two of the local men. These men told us of the history of their village, showed us their local animal, the ibex, and took us on a hike up the mountain to see some beautiful views. After this, they took us to their towns local Christmas market and this market had many different tents filled with local wood carvings, little trinkets, and their famous foods such as Swiss cheese melted on bread and hot chocolate. This was such an amazing experience because there was absolutely no tourists there, just us and the locals. After this tour, we signed up for a culture and heritage walk where the same two men took us cheese tasting, chocolate tasting, and took us to see the local cows to pet them and drink their milk. This culture tour was very informative and fun because Switzerland is famous for their cheese and chocolate! The next day, my friend and I went to this place called funky chocolate where we then took a chocolate making class where we chocolate testes, learned how to properly make chocolate bars, and decorating these bars only to be able to bring them home. This class was a fun hands on experience and also a great way to get a fun gift to bring home! Switzerland was a perfect combination of beautiful views, winter activities, culture, and fun! I would recommend this trip to anyone who loves the winter, cheese and chocolate, and to anyone looking for the perfect trip.
Next week I will be writing about having Thanksgiving and my 21st birthday in Ireland!
Ciao for now!