View from the Top of Europe
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From the small village of Wengen, we took a train up the mountain to Jungfraujoch, which is the highest mountain in Europe accessible without a helicopter (or something like that) - it was a beautiful clear day and we had the most spectacular view of all of the surrounding mountains in the Swiss Alps, plus an ice-cave. It was peaceful and pristine - a brilliant way to spend a morning in Switzerland. The train ride back down the mountain was just as breathtaking, not just for the fact that the train remained on the tracks and did not race down the mountain to certain death, but for the gentle pace and entertaining travellers, from over excited (and heavily made up) Korean ladies to the husky and st bernard dogs.
After returning from Jungfrau, we spent the afternoon in the village of Lauterbrunnen, which had a few shops (swiss army knives and swatch watches), sheep roaming the paddocks (jingling with the sound of bells - which made one of the girls think that they were cows - strange but true), and great little restaurants and cafes. I had a great meal of Rosti (basically a massive hash brown - so, so tasty), with bratwurst sausage and gravy. Essentially the swiss version of bangers and mash.
The nightlife in Wengen is basically non-existent, but our hotel had a bar downstairs, so after dinner in the hotel (cheese fondue - sounds good in theory, but was NOT that tasty at all) we all played drinking games in the bar and got quite tanked on beer and shots thanks to the very helpful and generous barman. Our bus driver was the entertainment for the evening though... it had just gone downhill from when he needed the assistance of his arm to scoop his salad onto his fork because he was so drunk that he was unable to use a knive and fork at the same time!!! He shared with us a multitude of opinions on several issues and continued to drink more and more beer, which concerned us since he was responsible for driving us out of the swiss alps the next morning. Thankfully he went to bed before midnight and his liver seemed able to process all of the alcohol in time for the bus trip the next morning.