First things first: To the reader who visited my blog after Googling “raccoon died”: awesome!!! I think you may win the randomest-search-engine-term prize.
The reason my Mom and I were so excited to eat fondue is because we had a very full day going up to the Alps. After sleeping in a bit we headed out to the train station and hopped on a train to Interlaken. Getting out of the city is never a bad thing, and I was craving some mountain goodness. An hour and a half later we were there – just at the wrong train station. There is a station for Interlaken-West and another for Interlaken-Ost and we got off at the wrong one. Back and forth twice more (!) after a visit to the tourist information office we started the second leg of the journey to Mürren.
The village is sort of a halfway station for people going up higher to ski and a compromise because going up to the Jungfrau Glacier would be a bit too long of a trek. To get to Mürren from Interlaken we had to take another train, a funicular/gondola contraption, and finally a narrow-gauge tram. But the views were more than worth it!
On our way up in the gondola and the tram there were a lot of teenage girls. Not with ski/snowboarding equipment, but just regular clothes, singing along to their ipods, etc. When we reached the top we realized why – there was some sort of competition with show jumping with a festival built around it.
Bye bye Alps, see you in the summer hopefully!