As I am writing the introduction for this entry at this very moment, our room is facing the scenic hills of Interlaken. Our lodging here is in Bahnof Hotel which is exactly opposite the railway station Interlaken-West. Therefore, there was no problem when we arrived at midnight yesterday with the 6 hours journey from Paris!
It is Paris, the capital city of France!
Yesterday was such a tiring journey. We pushed off from Leeds to London by bus (Megabus!). We opted for this cheaper option as trains are more expensive and we have already spent that on the East Coast Train for the journey from London to Leeds. We boarded the bus at 1 a.m. but to be on the safe side, we checked out from Kelso Garden at 11.30 p.m. and of course, we arrived VERY EARLY at the bus station! I have to say that at times, I did feel like I was about to throw up due to the bumpy ride and perhaps because it has been ages since I last took a bus ride. AND the toilet was horrendous! All I could say, it was bad for us Moslems who usually practice cleanliness (we wash our genitalia with plain water after we do our business – we don’t simply wipe!).
The Gare du Nord station in France.
Anyway, we arrived at London around 6.00 a.m. which was a delay from the scheduled journey and my neck strained from my lolled sleep head throughout the journey! We had our breakfast at Pret-A-Manger in King’s Cross London; and took the Eurostar to Paris at 9.15 a.m. The journey took us approximately 3 hours.
Well, my first priority was the Notre Dame Cathedral. But due to technical glitches, having a picture at Eifel Tower will do, no? After all, it is the icon of France! Haha!
We had an interval of 3 hours before our TGV Lyria France-Suisse Train kicked off to Interlaken, Switzerland. I don’t know why but I have no excitement; really; for Paris. My first priority was to see the Notre Dame Church (famed for the depiction in Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” as well as its Disney adaptation!). Nevertheless, Kakak mistakenly thought that Notre-Dame-des-Champs metro station as the one we should go to visit the church. Commuting towards the station from Gare de Lyon station and then to change at Charles de Gaulle – Etoile itself took us a lot of time. Nevertheless to compensate the loss, we decided to pay a visit at Eifel Tower. So we stooped at Bir-Hakeim. Haha! I guess women are so fascinated with the idea that Paris is the city of love and Eifel is the pinnacle of modern love. But really, apart from the historical architecture, I didn’t find it that intriguing. And Paris is dirty! LMAO.
The misty morning at Barnhorf, Interlaken West! Don’t you feel calm and peaceful?
It was cool. Really cool.
Our train to Interlaken took us approximately 6 hours and we reached Interlaken West station at midnight. It was cool. Luckily, our lodging here which is the Bahnof Hotel was merely opposite the station (as per above). Honestly, it was really a tiring journey so we decided to just relax at Interlaken. This morning, we decided to go to Harder Kulm, which happened to be an apex with a funicular tram that we could commute there; much like our Penang Hill’s and also the Hong Kong The Peak’s. It was drizzling but in Interlaken, the coldness is really freezing – and to think that it happens during summer?! Haha! So, it was misty all the way up there. Nevertheless, it soon cleared away and wow, the scenery was BREATHTAKING!!!! You could see Interlaken from the apex and the name “Interlaken” (Between The Lakes) really speaks for itself as you could see the two lakes “bordering” the land – Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and the beautiful unbelievable blue stream, The Aare River! I have never seen any stream that is more blue than it. Really, Masya ALLAH! Amazing! God is Great!
Beautiful blue streams of Aare River! It is the linkage between the two lakes. Subhanallah! Amazing! I read in Wikipedia that this river is a peripheral of the famous Rhein River!
Kakak and I were hungry at the apex as it was so cold and our fingers were numb. We simply needed some hot drinks and sustenance amidst the misty drizzling atmosphere. There was a small stall erected at the looking out points as well as a restaurant. We went to the small stall selling french fries (chips) and hot drinks. The girl at the counter happened to be a Vietnamese named Hana. She was very sweet and friendly person. I soon learned that she was also a teacher and she worked 10 years in Vietnam and decided to do MBA Switzerland to upgrade herself! Amazing! I told her that I am also a school teacher and just completed my Master’s Degree in Corporate Communication and inspired to do PhD to pursue career as lecturer. She told me to chase my dream. I was inspired to know that she financed her own MBA cost and eventually tried internship in Switzerland. She said :-
“People pay to come here but I am paid to work here with this amazing view.”
During the misty rain at the apex of Harder Kulm!
Had to wear that poncho. Amazing and breathtaking view!
Beautiful view, taken by my sister’s Iphone and accentuated by Instagram!
I love her carefree spirit which I also found something in common. I felt amazed that she worked her way out wriggling from the career and hop on for something new and adventurous! I am inspired to emulate her footsteps! Thanks Hana!
Hana and I. A very inspiring and friendly teacher from Vietnam working at Harder Kulm.
When the rain gone. Can you see the villages on the mountain? Don’t you instantaneously thought of the fable “Heidi”?? (,”)
We then deliberated either to go to Grindelwald or not (Jungfrau was definitely out of question as it is SO EXPENSIVE. Perhaps next time? Haha!). Nevertheless we decided not to waste the money on Grindelwald. Perhaps some other time. We need to that for Italy! Haha! Well, that’s our budget trip y’all. Have to be thrifty! We had Kashmir cuisine as our dinner cum supper (and breakfast!). We pushed off at 7.05 a.m. from Interlaken West to Spiez and from there, we took the train all the way to Milan, Italy.
A sunset view from our hotel’s window. Can you see the light shone upon villages on the snow-capped mountain?? Subhanallah!
Goodbye, Interlaken. We are so going to miss your beautiful cool atmosphere and fantastic view. God bless!