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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough!

Day 6 - Lauterbrunnen

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Today we had an early start – mum and I were going to tackle the mountains. We were concerned that the thick cloud cover would block our view and considered going tomorrow, but a weather check confirmed that today was going to be the best of them.

Dad took us to the station and we took the 8.07 train to Kleine Scheidigg, submerged in misty clouds. We changed trains to the reach Jungfraujach at ten. Jungfraujach is the highest point in Europe that can be reached without climbing. It was absolutely amazing. Truly stunning. All the peaks were snow-capped and we saw the glacier.


At the top is a really sophisticate set up – a kind of museum about the mining of the tunnel, lots of restaurants and a bar and loads of viewpoints. It was just astounding – I couldn’t believe a place like that actually existed. Because of the cloud bank, we couldn’t see the valleys (which were far off anyway) so it felt like we were floating on top of the world.


There was a park area on the side of one of the mountains and I had a go at a giant zip wire and the ringos. The sky was blue and it was surprisingly warm. We needed sunglasses outside because of how bright the snow was, especially when coming out of the ice caves below. There were ice sculptures and the walls and floor were actually ice. It was seriously cool.


We came back down, changing again at Kleine Scheidigg and getting off at the town of Wengen to try and find some lunch. Back down for about three o’clock, then walked back to the site where we found the boys.


They’d rooted out an indoor tennis court the other side of Interlaken and they spent an hour there before exploring the supermarket and hitting the showers. The joy of playing on ‘the Fed’s’ home turf left them both exited and boasting about their backhands.
After mum had a nap and the rest of us read we went back to the restaurant at the campsite, really nice, and Tom and mum tried cheese fondue. Their technique was so bad the staff had to correct them twice. Dad and I had steaks and we’ll be going back to the tent as soon as I’ve finished this. We’re all shattered and I’m sure we’ll appreciate a good night’s sleep. Let’s just hope the forecasters are wrong and the rain won’t come tomorrow.

Posted by katebolshaw 06:34 Archived in Switzerland

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Hi guys this, sounds fantastic and the pictures are really good..hope the weather hold and the tent doesn't get a puncture. Keep on enjoying.x

by Steve Jenny

Kate, Tom, Sue and Craig!!!!
Guys I am soo jealous it looks like am amazing holiday, sofar, and some of the views are just brilliant. I might possibly steal the campsite names, for my own personal use, obviously giving you the credit when you get back. Maybe keeping some of the ermmm credit again for my own personal use... ;) Just to sound smart!!!!
Don't think that because you are away you aren't gonna be getting your paper. You will still be receiving the paper you don't even read and just to annoy you and I might post all my spare papers through your door too hahahaha! :D
I have one complaint though Kate :( I thought I was going in your suitcase!!!! I feel forgotten! :,(
I can't wait for the rest of your updates it's gonna be brilliant. I expect a memory involving me being with you at some point! Don't mind what you do, use your creativity Kate haha.
Have an awesome time with the travelling and hope you don't come back more tanned than me, as it has been hot, hot, hot here. I will laugh soo much if you are less tanned than me! :L
Love you all<3

by Sophie king

How could you tear yourself away from "the sunshine" to the cold harsh scenery of Switzerland? Probably seems worse for me after the horrendous weather we have experienced over the last 3 months here. But you certainly experience the contrasts in landscapes and weather all in a day. How clever is your mum to plan such an amazing route and to find all these places to visit that most people wouldn't have a clue about. You are a really unusual family. Most famiily's with teenage children would just want a beach and pool in Spain and not have the interest and thirst for the knowledge that you all have. " must be in the genes" . Where have you heard this before. I am loving your blog and I am so proud of your ability to write with such intensity and enthusiasm about your journey. Love to you all. Nannyxxxx

by Nanny

Hi All. What a fabulous journey you are having. I am not so sure about the cooler climate in the mountains but I bet the views are stunning. Lots of good food as well I expect. Considering your dads Virtigo,what is he doing while you are doing all this high adventure? Anyway,this week one gone already. It's gone very quickly for us so I expect the time for has gone really quickly. Enjoy every moment and I look forward to to seeing your next blog. Love Davexxxx

by Dave

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