Interlaken

A Photographer’s Paradise

A Photographer’s Paradise

Random Observation/Comment #176: Fuji-san was such a remarkable experience that I compare every hiking scene to the rollercoaster of hardships and appreciation for nature throughout the entire journey.  From the exhaustion and freezing cold to the final reward of watching that Heaven above all clouds, I had truly stretched my boundaries of emotions.  Every short-breath I took and lactic acid...

Peddling Through Towns

Peddling Through Towns

Random Observation/Comment #175: Bike riding used to be much less painful for my ass when I was younger.  I’m not sure if it was the enthusiasm for peddling while standing, the shorter and more comfortable seat, or a more cushion-y blubber-butt, but I don’t remember having trouble walking and sitting down after an afternoon of bike riding.  The effects of...

Useful Swiss Army Knife

Useful Swiss Army Knife

Random Observation/Comment #174:  I never understood the nerdy Cooper kids that carry around Leathermans and Swiss Army knives everywhere they go (cough, JHG).  Do Cooper and the Computer Center reach the levels of intensity that require such a tool?  I guess the knife would be useful for opening a box if you’re in the stockroom, but that’s nothing a pen...

Sledding or Sledging once or twice

Sledding or Sledging once or twice

Random Observation/Comment #173: I’ve always thought sledding (or “sledging,” as they call it with “proper English”) was a childish thing similar to tubing, or represented by those inflatable boxing gloves you fit around your arms in the swimming pool.  What I forgot was the level of creativity us more mature people apply to make these normal childhood pastimes much more...

When in Rome…

When in Rome…

Random Observation/Comment #172: No matter how much I love trying to find those hidden treasures in an unfamiliar city, I can’t help but feel the need to conform to those guidebooks and millions of suggestions online.  After all, these people are paid to travel and write these reviews – I think they should have done the job that I’m trying...

Swiss Choco-gasm

Swiss Choco-gasm

Random Observation/Comment #171: Chocolate has always been a forbidden desire in my life.  It constantly tested my self-control, and I almost shunned its very existence to avoid obesity.  This philosophy existed before I began following the “everything in moderation” rule and decided to step away from the edge of extremities.  Since then, chocolate is simply seen as a special treat...

White-out in Interlaken

White-out in Interlaken

Random Observation/Comment #170: The snow accumulation in Interlaken is quite scary. The snowflakes are the size of quarters (or 1 EUR for the non-American readers) and they stick to make perfect snowballs.  Throwing a small rock down the hill will literally snowball and grow because of Switzerland’s magic.  It was most probably the cold weather and perfect humidity that made...

The Balmer’s Experience

The Balmer’s Experience

Random Observation/Comment #169: I was filling out the Balmer’s customer satisfaction survey and found many of their questions surprisingly annoying to answer.  I thought it was going to be a simple comment box where I can write something like, “The staff is always helpful with suggestions and the accommodations have been exceptional (except for the shared toilet between 30 people).” ...

Interlaken’s Lakeside Sigh

Interlaken’s Lakeside Sigh

Random Observation/Comment #168: I was once asked by a friend, “What has happened in the past week that made you love life?” The question was difficult to answer not because I followed some cult cynicism (which I don’t), but rather because the week in question was a week where my senses were almost paralyzed by the overflow of natural beauty. ...

Interlaken Overview

Interlaken Overview

Random Observation/Comment #166: Just thinking about Interlaken makes my mouth dry and my heart flutter like a school-girl with a crush on a dreamy teacher (this, of course, includes the soft colors and blurred corners in the camera filter).  Interlaken and I have an awkward relationship filled with the essentials for a beautiful life of holding hands during long walks...

Interlaken is Awesome.

Interlaken is Awesome.

This is an intermediate post since there is no random observation/comment. I have been so busy having the time of my life in this beautiful, yet expensive, hardcore tourist attraction outdoors-y city.  I don’t think I’ve had so much fun sledging (or sledding) down steep ski tracks with absolutely no control.  Hang-over hikes have been amazing and the people I’ve...

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