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Report 1566: We Love Switzerland

By Kathryn J from USA, Summer 2008

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Page 3 of 12: Berne 8/25/08

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Berne

The next morning it was quite cloudy in Lauterbrunnen and the mountains were not visible. TV Channel 1 displays numerous webcams around Switzerland from about 7:30 - 9:30 every morning and nothing in our area looked clear. So we decided to go to Berne for the day.

Again, the train ride was very smooth and easy. When we arrived in Berne, it was sunny so we had escaped the clouds. We used the Rick Steve's book on Switzerland and specifically the Berne chapter and walked around for most of the day seeing a lot of the sights he mentions in the book. We even saw a Mexican food stand in the Barenplatz square. It didn't look much like it does in Oklahoma, but it was still Mexican food in Berne...

Berne was quite crowded around the train station, but once we got away from the station the crowds thinned out and it was quite a lovely town. The architecture, flags, fountains and arcades were beautiful. We avoided going to the bear pits - partly because we were tired and partly because I had read so much about how sad the one remaining bear looks in the pit. We ate lunch at the Kornhauskeller outside watching the trams go by.

The unfortunate part of the day was me stepping up a very steep step and pulling a muscle in my left calf. So I limped back to the train station and we went back "home." The muscle pull definitely limited our walking for the rest of the trip, but it did not dampen my spirits or enjoyment of Switzerland.

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