19. April. 2016, Interlaken BE Spring is certainly in the air. After three days of cold, windy rain the skies opened this morning to shine light on the changing surroundings! Green grass, trees blooming and the smell of the forest's winter dampness slowly disappearing. Just three weeks ago, I rode from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, a … Continue reading Switzerland’s Most Photogenic Valley?
Sturdy Shoes: I have two pairs of shoes I use; one are "trail-running" shoes- I will use them for trails that are well-worn, I'm familiar with and I know will only be a few hours. My hiking boots I have are not ones that I strap on for a 2 hour hike. Their sturdy … Continue reading Day Hike ¦ Switzerland
So as the summer is winding down in the tourist mecca of Interlaken, I finally had myself three days free from work. I was leaving the nest! Although Switzerland is as central Europe as it gets, leaving can sometimes be hard sans Car. With options limited to the Swiss trains, I decided to head to … Continue reading 24 Hours in Zermatt: I have to get there first.
Although I live in a very outdoorsy part of Switzerland, it's ironically not a subject that comes up often... global warming, climate change, melting glaciers. Yesterday, for the first time in a while, I really took notice.
At the beginning of the European attempt at summer (or halfway through spring-- pretty much the same weather), I purchased a new mountain bike. They call it a hard-tail, but that just makes me think of fish. It's an awesome little thing-- with 29" wheels, it's actually bigger than my boyfriends. But it is comfortable … Continue reading Adventuring. 14 km away.
Snaps from a recent hike in the Bernese Oberland: Originally I planned to hike from Schynige Platte to Faulhorn (for lunch) then continue to Grindelwald. Unfortunately, it's still too early in the season and snow had closed the hiking trail. The train conductor suggested that I walk down to a village called Burglauenen. Instead of … Continue reading Wandering in the (Swiss) Woods.
Living in a country where tourism is highly developed (and over-commercialised) certainly has its advantages. Activities and mountain-high destinations are easy to reach, whichever mode of transportation you chose, and the desire to spend time outside is easily fulfilled. A nature-freak's winning combination of alpine mountains and an over-developed transportation system create a perfect, almost … Continue reading 2 – Wheeled Escapades: Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen, Gimmelwald, Stechelberg.
I was lucky enough to re-connect with a great friend from university, and was able to visit her home country, Romania, a few months ago. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect! I haven't seen much of Western Europe, and until Romania, hadn't seen any of Eastern Europe either. It was only a short … Continue reading Romania: A Hidden Adventure in Eastern Europe