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6 In Interlaken/ Travel

Interlaken: A Switzerland Fairytale?

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Once upon a time, in a far away land, there was a magical kingdom surrounded by an enchanted forest. Where cottages gathered around the hillside, and cows were adorned with collars and bells.

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The crisp air purged all the evil from the city, but as is the case with all fairy tales restoration came at a steep price. Every meal, every souvenir felt as though I was giving up all my hair for a witch’s spell, or Rumpelstiltskin scampering off with my firstborn. When I was charged for extra water for my tea, I wondered if I was paying for someone to draw water from a wishing well or to hike up the mountain to get water from an enchanted spring.

Everything was very much alive. The river reverberated with powerful energy and flowers were everywhere. These were not the dusty wilting flowers found on the streets of a metropolis; they were vibrant, youthful, and provided accents of color to the city. Everything was so peaceful and I had never felt safer anywhere in Europe. It seemed impossible for anything bad to happen here. It sort of makes me wonder why Mary Shelly decided to set Frankenstein in Switzerland. Of all the places in the world she had to choose Switzerland. It makes me wonder if she kept herself cooped up indoors the whole time she was there. Switzerland felt more like a setting for fairy tales than a horrific science experiment gone wrong.

Your turn ♥ What comes to mind when you think of Switzerland? Tell me what your favorite childhood fairy tale was!

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  • http://www.awholelotofserendipity.com/ Miriam

    A family friend of mine lives in Switzerland and I really want to visit someday! I think of chocolates and the beautiful alps!
    Love you photos Kim!

    Miriam ♥ A whole lot of serendipity

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Ahhh you really should! Switzerland was really lovely and if you have the chance to go and enjoy home cooked meals as opposed to the overpriced meals in restaurants you should totally go for it!

  • http://star-violet.com Becky

    My sister is currently studying abroad there and she’s soooo unhappy with the steep prices – apparently a burger from a fast food chain costs upwards of $15usd and a “just ok” meal at a restaurant was $50+. I guess the beautiful and peaceful environment makes up for it!

    becky ♡ star violet

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Eek! Yes prices were just incredibly overpriced while I was there too! I was only there for a day and a half, but I definitely felt like the meals were mediocre for the price. The environment though was so beautiful that I started wondering why I was living in the midst of all this concrete! Are groceries just as expensive in Switzerland?

  • http://blog.jessicapei.com/ Jessica || WONDERMENTARY

    Yes, yes, I love Switzerland! Where did you go? I stayed in Engelberg and visited Lucerne. Now I know where I want to retire to haha!

    WONDERMENTARY

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Ahh I was only in Interlaken for a day before going to see Venice! I really want to go back someday and stay up in the mountains for a few days!