In other words, travelling is getting a bit stressful.
We had earlier looked into this Golden Pass-scenic panorama train from Interlaken to Montreux which seemed cool to do. Interrail.eu said you could get discounts with your Interrail pass, but so it's not completely free. So, finally, in Florence, we got round to reserving seats on the train, costing about 20e altogether. We got an e-mail confirmation sent, it said it needs to be printed out and shown on the train, but I just wrote down the reference number and seat numbers and hoped it'd be okay - finding somewhere to print would be too much hassle.
We got to our train and just decided we'd explain our situation to the conductor, and hope he has sympathy. He was an interesting conductor, he had some issue which meant nodding/shaking his head continuously, and I'm not sure he understood what we were saying, he just said yes, just find a seat and hope no one's reserved it. Ok...
The lakeside was 3min walk away from the station so we went there. It was very pretty and relaxing and there were many cool market stalls since there was a Jazz Festival going on, but that also meant that the already-high-Swiss-prices were so high it made me cry. Lol, literally, yes, though that may've been also because after I had, very frustrated, placed the full 4,50-Franc (about 4euro) bottle on a rock, it promptly toppled over into the water and wasn't seen since... Nearly 20euros for a Fanta, a miniscule sandwich and a miniscule hamburger. Oh well.
Otherwise, Montreux was nice and had nice tiramisu icecreams OM NOM.
|Never fails to happify|
|Randomly twinned with Wiesbaden, a town we'd be visiting in a few days...|
Basel is cool because it's on the border of three countries - Switzerland, France and Germany. You can walk to any of those countries.
Our hostel was superclose to the station, the YMCA Hostel. (You can guess what song I was droning when we stepped in...) AMAZING. Ridiculously spacious, so much room, very efficient and friendly staff guy, a humongous kitchen you can use, loads of tables, sofas etc, and the rooms were big, had big, secure, easy-to-use lockers etc etc... The one and only minus was the squeakiness of the door.
We have become quite budget-concious now so we went to a local (awesome) supermarket and had chicken sandwiches à la Kiwi-beach style. Om nom!
|"Except normally without greenies" -CC|