We woke up in Munich this morning to thunderstorms, but it was still so hot! I opened up the curtains in our several story high hostel room, only to see 'ugly naked guy' (from Friends) steering back at me. I gave him a wave and he waved back. It cracked me up. This guy was just standing in his window with no clothes on!
It has been a very short trip to Germany, but we come back through to the Rhine Valley on the way to Amsterdam. We had to load our bags up in the rain and then we were on our way at 8am. It took just over 3 hours to get to Vaduz in Liechtenstein, the 4th smallest country in Europe, with about 35,000 people. Here we had a quick stop for lunch. I had a chicken schnitzel sandwich and it was really good. We then had a super quick look in a tourist shop, which had some really good stuff, but I was too rushed to get anything more than a few postcards.
The people here in the restaurant and the tourist shop were the nicest people we've come across so far on the Contiki tour. A lot of the locals just get annoyed with us and aren't very helpful, but these people were lovely and friendly. I also got my passport stamped for Liechtenstein, even though it was only about a 2 hour visit! Even though it is its own country, they still use Swiss Francs and have a lot of Swiss products.
The next leg of the trip was about a 2 hour trip to Lucerne where we had a look at a shop with some Swiss products like Swiss watches and army knives. I didn't buy anything here though. Then we had about 1.5 hours to wander around in Lucerne. Again, the people here were very friendly and happy to speak English to us when we needed to find an ATM etc. It was a lovely looking city, running along a lake. There were people out in paddle boats, swans on the water and lovely bridges and things. It just looked like a really lovely place. I bought a new pair of shoes, which still aren't really snow appropriate but they're just going to have to do. I also bought some more macarons and Swiss chocolate from a Swiss chocolate shop - Swiss chocolate, another item off the bucket list.
From here, it was another hour and a half to the campsite at the bottom of the Swiss Alps. I've actually managed to get some reading done today, I'm up to chapter 4 after this whole trip, which is an achievement haha. And I've had a couple of snoozes today too. We arrived at the Swiss campsite just before 7pm and dinner was at 8, so before dinner we made a trip up to the shop across the river to buy some snacks, etc for our trip up the mountain tomorrow.
As an entrée for dinner, we had some Swiss cheese fondue with bread. That was another thing to try on my bucket list, but I didn't particularly like it. I wanted to go to the bar across the river and try chocolate fondue after dinner, but we were all pretty full, so it didn't happen. I would like to do that tomorrow though if I have time.
The scenery around here is amazing. You can see why Contiki bring us to the middle of nowhere, because like the Chateau, the view is beautiful. We thought it would be a lot colder here since we're right at the bottom of a snow capped mountain, but we were sitting outside at about 8:30pm and it was still about 20 degrees. After sitting outside for a while, we decided it was time for showers and bed. The showers here are down in the basement, which is actually an original bomb shelter - odd but interesting. The bar is also in the bomb shelter, so you basically have to walk through the showers to get to the bar. While we were in the showers, we could hear people dancing away in the bar - again, odd.
Tomorrow we are off up Jungfrau Mountain. We catch a train up there half way, and then I think swap to some sort of cable car thing, and the whole trip takes about 1.5 hours to get there. Once we're up there, we pretty much just have free time and come back down when we please. Then there is a trip to some waterfalls which we may do in the afternoon, but we're not sure yet. It depends on time too. There are some amazing waterfalls just around us too, which we can see from our site. I can hear them now as I'm sitting in bed.