Interlaken, Switzerland

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Interlaken was incredible. I mean absolutely breathtaking. It was everything I wanted and more in a winter trip. Leading up to Christmas, I really craved the winter scene and the Swiss Alps made that dream come true. 

We arrived around three in the morning on Friday to a cozy hostel complete with a loge style entrance, bar, fireplace, and a friendly hotel cat. My heart was jumping for joy despite my tiredness. 

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We woke up early the next morning to a beautiful view of the mountains and ran downstairs in our pajamas to secure our place for our choice of main event for the weekend (parasailing for Alyssa and Tori, and winter kayaking for Nicole and I). We each grabbed a cup of coffee and headed back up to our room to get ready for the day.

We spent our first day navigating the small town of Interlaken and enjoying the homey atmosphere. We walked to the two lakes Interlaken lies between, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and spent the majority of the afternoon there. The water was a bright aqua color, which we learned is due to the minerals from melted glaciers. It. Was. Incredible.

After organizing a complete photoshoot in front of the beautiful water (seriously though, I have thousands of pictures from Interlaken and I’m not exaggerating haha!), we had a delicious lunch at Barracuda, our favorite cafe in Interlaken. Complete with bagel sandwiches and hot chocolate, we never wanted to leave!

That evening we ventured out to try typical Swiss food, Rosti and Cheese fondue were our main courses. If you visit Switzerland, you should definitely give both a try! It’s always so interesting to see what foods are popular in different countries, who knew fried potatoes topped with tomatoes was a thing?! I sure didn’t, but it was delicious. 

The second day was spent climbing to Harderkulm. Unfortunately, I only packed chelsea boots, but that didn’t stop me from climbing this beautiful mountain. The views were so surreal. This was my true Katniss moment, guys. I felt legit climbing that mountain without proper gear (haha!). We weren’t able to climb to the very top because of our shoes combined with the steep and slippery mountain side, but we got close and tried our best, so that’s what really counts.

That evening we had a chocolate tasting where we tried all kinds of high quality Swiss chocolate. Must I say more?! It was another dream come true. Later that night we spent relaxing by the fireside sipping our hot chocolate, as you should in Switzerland. A piece of my heart will always be there. 

Our final morning I went winter kayaking. The air was crisp and cool on my face and the sun was still hiding behind the mountains. A layer of clouds hung low just above the vibrant water. There was no one in sight on this peaceful morning except a man walking his dog on the other side of the pier. The water was just for our instructor, and the four of us kayaking to glide around on. 

We spent a total of three hours on the water and the entire time I had to remind myself that I wasn’t dreaming. Being surrounded by the mountains as the sun rose was one of those moments I’ll hold on to forever. It was one of those moments where you’re just so in awe of God and His creation. God speaks through his creation and its awfully humbling, I’ll tell you that much. 

I hope you enjoyed this recap of my time in Switzerland. If you’re a mountain lover, an extreme sport enthusiast, and avid chocolate craver, Switzerland just might be your dreamland. How are you enjoying this winter season?

xx Mariah