For my most loyal (and only) readers (aka parents and grandparents), here are some photos from two springtime trips to Switzerland and London.
My friend Sara visited me for a week in Finland, and while there is loads to do here, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to explore another part of Europe together. After some long debates, we decided to fly into Zurich and explore deeper into the Alps from there–and by “deeper,” we meant Interlaken. Our first day in Zurich was warm and relaxing – the weather was much nicer than the snow we left behind in Finland, and we filled up on lots of cheese and chocolate. After our eventful and interrupted train ride to Interlaken the next morning, which included two buses through the Alps and a 20 minute stop in Lucerne (just long enough to see the old covered bridge) we finally made it to Interlaken–just to find out that the scenic cable car we had been counting on was closed for the season. We headed back to the train station and asked where we could continue on to from there. One train, one cable car and one cog railway later, we ended up in Mürren, a small village featured in a James Bond film, which had splendid views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks, as well as the rest of the Bernese Alps. We enjoyed a pot of fondue overlooking the mountains and even met a traveler who knew the fastest man to scale the treacherous north face of the Eiger–in 2.5 hours. On our way back down, we stopped in Lauterbrunnen, in the Valley of 72 Waterfalls, although we only counted 12. We spent another few hours in Interlaken before heading back to Zurich and finishing up our trip.
A few weeks later, I had an event to attend for law school in London, which I figured would be much easier than flying all the way back to America. I spent the first day with my friend who used to live in London and was visiting for the weekend–we went to Spitalfields Market, St. James Park and I toured the Churchill War Rooms. Becca, the fellow in Copenhagen, met me Friday night after the event, and we went to King Henry VIII’s palace at Hampton Court the following day. It’s amazing that no matter how many times I visit London, there is always something new, exciting and important to do.
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