Interlaken

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view behind our tent village which can be seen on the lower left
it was off to interlaken after brussels. the trip took quite a while, needing three trains, the first of which was at 5am. i dont recall what time i got in now, but it was well into the afternoon. definitely worth the trek.

i was put into a 8 person tent at balmer's tent village - instead of their main hostel. basically there's two hostels, balmer's and funny farm, and they have a monopoly over the town it seems - they both own their own adventure sport companies and offer their services through the hostel as well - convienently at the same price.

balmer's offers free foosball, pingpong, pool, darts, and a slew of other things. it was a really relaxing time, even though it rained the first two days i was there. i wanted to go skydiving, but due to the weather that wasnt going to happen so i rented a mountain bike with a south african guy i met and we ended up being out there for over four hours, roughly 30km up to some waterfalls.
view from the valley we went through while biking


finally the weather cleared on saturday and i jumped at the chance to go skydiving over the alps. it sure cost a pretty penny and probably shaved off a week of my trip in itself. it was quite the experience but not nearly as scary as i had imagined it would be. after skydiving im guessing bungee jumping would be much more difficult.

 i was first out of the plane from 12k feet. it just hits you all of a sudden, sitting on the floor of a little airplane, door flies open, i swing my legs outside and im just dangling there while the camera guy and my tandem jumper get coordinated. those first few seconds of freefall are unreal though - that and the snap of the chute, wondering if those little clips are really going to keep you attached or not.

i havent gotten the official pictures/dvd from it yet - those will be mailed home.. as i left that night to catch a night train back to rome to watch the world cup final.
gonadgoat says:
oh man, that's awesome.
Posted on: Jul 10, 2006
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view behind our tent village which…
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view from the valley we went throu…
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another view from tent village
another view from tent village
river on the way to the supermarket
river on the way to the supermarket
osama trying to win a prize
'osama' trying to win a prize
waterfalls inside the mountains
waterfalls inside the mountains
couple of girls i met waiting to j…
couple of girls i met waiting to …
my photographer
my photographer
just out the door
just out the door
interlaken in the background
interlaken in the background
apparently i was wicked stoked
apparently i was wicked stoked
easy landing
easy landing
Interlaken
photo by: sherryshakarob