After leaving Italy, I was off on a short train ride to Switzerland where my new couch surfing host would be picking me up. I was really excited to go to Switzerland as it was one if the countries I dreamt about as a young child living in Barbados, believing that I would one day live there even though at the time I had no idea where it was or anyone who had been there, quite frankly I am not sure how I had even heard about it. However, here I was almost there and anxiously waiting to arrive. First off, the train station looked like an airport it was the nicest I had been to thus far on my travels, it had stores, cafes everything. I waited a few minutes and then my host arrived and let me know we would first be heading to a bar to meet up with his best friend who was also hosting two travelers but from Russia, so with luggage and all off we went to have some drinks not a bad way to start the night!
So I haven’t even told you where in Switzerland I went to, okay so most of us have heard of Zurich and Geneva but I was in Bern. I had never heard of that city and it just happens to be the actual capital of Switzerland with their old town being a UNESCO world heritage site! Who knew? It really is a beautiful and small place, I mean luckily my host and his friend were fantastic so that always has a huge impact on how you experience a place but the beauty of the city is undeniable. Oh so Bern means bear and in the city they have a section by the river that is enclosed and protected and is the home of a few bears! It is really something spectacular to watch and many people were there doing just that when I went.
Okay so what else did I do while there? I went to the rose garden which offers amazing views of the town and on a lovely day, like the one we had, many people go there to play and picnic with family and friends, then I had a harley ride through the city. Oh how could I forget, I went to dance lessons. So my hosts is a freestyle break dancer and during one of his breaks at work we went to his studio for a bit, put some music on and exchanged some moves. He taught me some break dancing and I turned on the reggae music, so later that night when we all went partying we got to practise our new skills, that was fun!
One of the best moments for me was standing by the university looking across the city to snow capped mountains, something I had only previously seen in pictures. My breath was taken away, this is what I imagined of Switzerland. I really felt like this country is one enjoyed more thoroughly during the winter I can just imagine how amazing the landscape would be then, not to mention they are really big into Christmas, there were gorgeous and expensive decor already adorning store windows. Speaking of expensive, that is another suitable adjective to describe Switzerland, and don’t think of going on a bus without your ticket as I did one day, because expensive will also describe the fine you will get. Mine was 100 Swiss francs that’s about $108, not cute! For a 2 franc ticket, but I had been out of local currency and was going to the center to exchange money, plus no one ever checks, until the day you don’t have one…naturally.
I will definitely return to Switzerland I spent about 5 days there and I didn’t even make it out of Bern and there is so so much more to explore, but most importantly I had a great time with great people. When my host now friend Stefan was fooling around pretending to be me as he had seen a few of my videos I decided to record him so enjoy. Notice he is wearing my sunglasses lol too funny. Wish I caught his actual impersonation of me on camera! As usual will have more photos up on the Facebook page so go visit and Like the page if you haven’t yet, I like having you all close, not in like a creepy way…okay kinda!