Wednesday, March 22, 2017

stunNing travelbook 2 - Switzerland (Visp, Zeneggen, Zermatt, Matterhorn)

messy hair don't care

So after a few outings, Yishan asked me if I wanna join her to Zermatt & Matterhorn during the weekend! And of course I said YES hehe! skip lesson for the trip  *travelfirst

Why visit Visp & Zeneggen? 
They were totally out of plan... but we came to a conclusion to stay at Zeneggen, a small village near Visp simply because Zermatt is too touristy & we can't afford any accommodation there!:/ But it turns out that all of us love Zeneggen, despite of the inconvenience of taking public transport back to our place as it has only limited bus schedules on weekends. It's the awesome mountains view & really, really nice people that make us feel comfortable here!:)

10/3 Visp & Zeneggen

After a 2-hour train ride, Hpone, Samuel, Yishan & I first arrive at Visp (Because Hailing & Anqi missed the train to the town hahaha). While waiting for them, we wander around the Visp old town with the map we got from the tourist office!

We bump into a church that's empty on a Friday evening and I pretty like the stained glass of this church! We stay in it for a while, admiring the interior design & discussing what kind of church it is. I like this kind of intellectual exchange, it makes me feel a lil smarter LOL hahaha.

Guess where's our next stop?

Jiajing's favourite grocery shop HAHA because we are cooking for all meals! *life in Switzerland*
 I wish there is one in Lausanne, :/

Hailing & Anqi are here at that time & all of us are busy gossiping about the new potential pair in Asian Unite -- Gibson & Cynthia, even the guys join us in this topic HAHA! Gossiping is good when it makes the long 15mins walk shorter hehe! And guess what, they're still busy chatting & updating each other on the same topic in Lidl that they don't even care what are we buying for the 5 meals in Visp & Zermatt LOL. So while they're walking around with the empty trolley and chatting non-stop, Hpone & I take charge of buying all ingredients (except alcohol, the alcoholic Yishan & Samuel crazily put 5 bottles of wines & 6 cans of beers into our trolley LOLOLOL) 

We spend around CHF120.- in Lidl but hey it's pretty cheap because it includes ingredients of 5 meals for 6 people, wines, beers and tidbits for alcohol LOL. So it's like CHF4.- for each meal! :D

Before checking into the Airbnb at Zeneggen, we visit the Pürumärt, a local Friday evening market! The vendors are really friendly & nice, even if we didn't buy things from them!:) We have a good chit-chatting session with the locals & they even provide us with useful infos! I always feel grateful to meeting kind souls when I'm travelling! They never fail to make me loving that place more!

 Have a sip of the beer they bought! The packaging is so nice!

We catch the evening bus up to the mountain, and it takes us 20mins to arrive Zeneggen. We have some hard time finding for our Airbnb (actually it's super near to the bus stop, just that there's some communication problem between us & the host as she can only speak German) but the locals here are really helpful! We meet two groups of people & they volunteered to help us & guide us to our Airbnb!:) *super thankful!:)*

We end up spending 20mins more searching for our place, when it's actually 5mins walk away from the bus stop LOL. All of us are super tired after that because we have been dragging our luggage & groceries up & down the slopes hahaha.

Our airbnb for 2 days! The host is an old lady & she's actually very nice! She prepares us with a bottle of wine & fruits, and her family are very helpful in providing us with tips to travel in Zermatt! The total cost is cheap too, only CHF140.- for 6 people & for 2 nights!

After chilling for 30mins (with wine & cheese hahaha), we start preparing for the dinner! And guess what, none of the girls can cook lol! So they opt for resting & the guys volunteer to help me hahahaha! They are indeed good assistants if they could stop calling me chef haha!

Ok la it's actually a very simple dinner but to them it's difficult so they thought I'm really good in cooking lololol.

The after dinner event is playing card games and the one who loses has to drink, apparently drinking is the main agenda here haha! I'm really worried about them, especially Hailing, when they're drunk, maybe because I never see anyone getting drunk before la lol. They get so high & keep on saying that they arent' drunk LOL & ... cry after that LOLOLOL.
Ps: They're shocked when I tell them that I never see people getting drunk like this lol.

--The night ends with a drinking mess--

Day 2 Zermatt & Matterhorn

Good morning Zeneggen!:)
It's such a beautiful view! 

Wake up at 7am & go for a stroll with Hailing (the one who is drunk yesterday but still wake up that early LOL)!
ps: the rest wake up only at 9am hahaha.

The 30mins walk is totally worth it with such amazing views! Can tell why we love Zeneggen?:)

And we see cute Llamas on the way back too!:)

They have prepared the breakfast when we're back *yay!* & we have a super chilling breakfast & chit-chat about all nonsense haha! Before heading to Zermatt, we pack sandwiches as our lunch too!

It's an hour train ride from Visp to Zermatt! We buy a return train tix from Zermatt to Gornergrat at a rate of CHF38.-, which a really a good deal!
PS: There's no way to reach the peak of Matterhorn (the Toblerone mountain) & Gornergrat is one of the best places to see the Matterhorn!

Hello Matterhorn!:)

It's cloudy but still I love it!:)

It's a popular spot for skiing too! (Oh boy... skiing is freaking hard lol)

It's not that crowded here, considering that it's still not the peak season for tourists! We're saying that we won't even be able to see Matterhorn if it's a summer, only heads will be seen at everywhere AHAHA.

It looks romantic! It's snowing!

But it's actually fake snows made by Samuel HAHAHA!

To be honest, I thought that I will be sick of mountains (& lakes) soon! But once I am Gornergrat, I am once again amazed by the mountain views, especially Matterhorn!

Our original plan is to hike around but we end up having a snow fight here hahaha! It's really fun! Oh we tried building a snowman here but we give up after... 30 seconds because our hands are freezing without waterproof gloves hahaha!

Hailing: Why y'all aren't building snowman now?
Us: It's too cold, our hands are freezing!
Hailing: You guys are losers!
(Hailing starts building snowman)
(After 1 minute)
Hailing: It's too cold, I give up.

One of the victims of the snow fight haha!
I think we're the noisiest group up there but who cares, we just wanna have fun! hehe

We are CGOG--Cynthia Gibson Observation Group! In case others ask what's CGOG, we'll say it's Chinese Going Out Group HAHAHA. It's my first time feeling I'm not really that 38 & am not a pro stalker! They are pro stalkers, I'm not kidding hahah!

Another group shot! It's so fun hanging out with this melange of crazy & responsible ones!:)

Walking around the famous Zermatt shopping street (all branded goods) before going back too!

And once again, after some wine & cheese session, we cook dinner again! It's quite satisfying to see everyone is enjoying your cook:)

Throughout the trip, it's most Hpone & I (the oldest & the youngest, such a contrast HAHAHA) planning for our transportation, accommodation, places to visit & groceries! I really don't know what are the 姐姐们 doing *cries* But ok la, I like planning for trips so that I have a better understanding of the places I'm visiting!

We spend the night playing cards, drinking & gossiping until 3am! (And I'm the one who fall asleep first hahaha!) These people are really alcoholic, they finish everything & start blaming each other for not buying more alcohol LOL. #哭笑不得

 Day 3 Visp & Lausanne

The travel withdrawal is real when I'm leaving Visp *sobsss*

Have a really late brunch because everyone couldn't wake up after last night haha!

I'm glad that Yishan invited me at first so that I can explore these places with this bunch of funny & kepoh ones hehe! Can't wait for more trips in the future hehe!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

stunNing travelbook 1 - Switzerland (Bern + Interlaken)

24~26 Feb Bern + Interlaken

The Click 5 (missing Hailing :( ) decided to have a super impromptu weekend trip to Bern and Interlaken! Searching for accommodation & things to do in Bern/Interlaken -- that's what we do in class haha!


-It feels like a tourist when I visit the German speaking parts of Switzerland-

Bern is gloomy & cold on the 1st day of our visit!:(

It looks like a scene of horror movies lol.
But still we decided to have a picnic at a park after checking into the hostel! HAHA Hands are freezing and we finish our food in less than 10mins lol.

This is Lianne! The only friend from SG who's having exchange in HEC Lausanne! We attend lectures together (to study to make travel plans) & we're each others personal photographer! Haha!

After a quick lunch, we drop by the Bern Minster, which is just beside the park! The sky is just too dark to take nice photos :(

The stained glasses are quite pretty!

And I like the interior design (& colours) of this church too!

We continue strolling around this quaint Swiss capital after the church visit, not knowing that how crowded it could be during the weekends haha!

Hello Clock Tower, hehe.

I really like architectures like this!:)

Must take a photo here when you have a famous tourist district which is empty all for yourself. Haha!

Very serious in learning the map of Bern!
Still getting lost in UNIL but am able to figure out the correct way to go when travelling *cries* Sorry my inner GPS just refuses to operate for daily routines haha!

And we fountains like ^ at almost everywhere in Bern! Apparently each of them has an unique story!

So 4 of us walked for like 15++ mins to the bear park....but.... (On the side note, Hpone is also a left hander haha!)

They are hibernating sobsss
PS: Bern (the name of this capital) is originated from bears!

Nevertheless, the view of Aare river is beautiful! I can imagine that it will be prettier during summer!:)

We spend the evening chilling around & take the tram to unknown places for fun because we got a tix from the hostel that allows us to take public transport here for FREE! You don't know how much it hurts to take public transports in Switzerland.... It costs a finger for each short trip LOL.

We decided to pay a visit to a casino nearby after having a simple dinner from Migros takeaway (Why we don't have this in Lausanne???) but we end up not entering the casino because we can't wear coats/jackets into the casino & we have to pay for the cloth keeping service LOLOLOL. So we have a good talk from life in Switzerland to politics, internships, studies, personal background and all haha!

25/2 Bern >> Interlaken

The weather is much better today!:)

We kick start our day with a visit to a market in front of the Parliament Square!

Nothing is cheap even when it's just a local market LOL. Does this mean that the locals are rich too? Hmm..

The sky is prettier today that I have to take more photos of the streets, clock tower & tram while my shopaholic friend are busy shopping haha! I don't understand why things in Lausanne is more expensive than the capital's lol.

Bid goodbye to Bern and we're leaving for Interlaken! :)

Although there's nothing much to do in Bern during winter(?) (like the roses in the rose garden are sleeping/ bears are hibernating LOL) but I really like this city! To me it's so antique and classic! :) And the pace here is slower too!:) I don't mind coming back to Bern again before I leave Switzerland!:)

Intense face during lunch time cause I take my lunch very seriously HAHA.

And we are greeted by views like this after a 2-hour train ride! :)

Really enjoy wandering without purpose at places like this! (Although I 'm normally more of a stick-to-plan person but I 'll slack to the max when I decided to chill lol) So we walk from Interlaken Ost to Interlaken West HAHA & we hop on a train heading to Lauterbrunnen!
(Lauterbrunnen= place with many waterfalls & Interlaken= place with many lakes)

 We initially thought of sightseeing the waterfalls here instead of going up to Jungfrau like the rest (Asian Unite) as we are so unprepared (wearing only thin layers)  but we're so super impromptu that we decided to take a cable car from Grutschalp & a 5km hike to Murren HAHAHA!

Us: Ohhh the cable car tix is cheap! Should we take a ride? Hmm.... but our outfits aren't proper for a hike ah ahaha! 
(ask the counter officer)
Us: Do you think if it's ok for us to hike like this *pointing to our outfits*
Counter Officer: Yes, yes! *nodding his head* Y'all should buy the tix & take the next cable car in 3 minutes!
Us: What?! 3 mins!? 
(buy tix immediately)
(3 mins later... on the cable car  LOL)

So prettyyyyy

So prettyyyyy

Us before the hike! (before the cold hits us hahah!)
Seriously ah I don't think I'm short but in fact I'm really short even among the Asian Unite group! LOL Why ah I supposed that my height is the average of Asian females? -____-

Not sure why but we keep seeing people climbing down but no one is climbing upwards??? Hahaha! We're busy discussing what will happen to us if we lost in the mountain LOL.

I think I can perfectly camouflage a tree with my outfit HAHA

Found a random house on the way to Murren!

And lots of woods???

Hello, meet our new friend HAHA.

It's freezing cold to step into the snows too!
We're walking very carefully too as it's quite slippery! Normally Gibson & Hpone walk very fast (longer legs LOL) but this time Gibson has to walk slower cause he's very a pair of casual, non-slip proof shoes haha!

Decided to have a break & enjoy our chocolate after 40mins hike!
I love seeing white sceneries like this!:)

Continue our journey to Murren!

And we're here!!! Face is so red here cause it's too cold haha!

It's such an impromptu decision to hike but I'm super glad that we made this decision earlier! Personally feel that it's more worth it than taking the train to Jungfrau (& it's super expensive!) as I get to enjoy the scenery throughout the hike! And meeting strangers who're also hiking & chit-chatting along the journey! :) #YOLO

And we have to rush down to the town to buy dinner before the grocery store closes!
The chit-chat/ gossip sessions continues until we have to sleep haha!

26/2 Thun >> Lausanne

Morning! I'm missing this spinach quiche!

Go out earlier to take another shot of Inrerlaken when everyone's still not ready to check out yet.

Early morning hence puffy eyes hahaha.

And a kind passerby offers to take a photo for both of us!:)

Hello Thun (& Lake Thun haha!:))
It's also super calm & pretty over here! And it's less crowded probably cause it's not as popular as Interlaken & Bern!

We walk along the river & lake for 1++ hour to reach our final destination: Oberhofen Castle!

The views on the way are also amazing as usual hahaha!

And we finally reach this iconic castle! But honestly it's abit underwhelming because it's not as nice as expected! And it's closed until summer -_______- Nevertheless I don't feel our time & walk are wasted cause we get to see more around Lake Thun along our journey!:)

We come back to the old town of Thun (by bus this time haha!) & decided to visit another castle -- Thun Castle before leaving!

View from the Thun Castle!

Thun Castle! It's so hard to take a nice photo of Thun Castle though! Unless you take it from a helicopter la HAHA!


It's twas a fun weekend! Although it's super cold in Bern & Interlaken but we get to enjoy the stunning views with less tourists in the winter season!:) 

I feel like dying everytime when a trip ends, my after-travel withdrawal symptoms are pretty serious LOL! I feel like burning money when I travel but I need more trips to recover HAHAHA!
Mmmm... gonna plan for a next weekend trip now haha!

-- updating blog because I refuse to study --
-- just nice I've been in Switzerland for 1 month --
Maira Gall