After almost five weeks in Paris, I was starting to want an escape from the city. While Paris is wonderful and stunning in its own unique way, there was something about the rain and crowds of the city that was getting to me. Luckily, my last weekend of travel was devoted to hiking in the Swiss Alps in a little town called Grindelwald, Switzerland.
The trip began as a near-disaster when my friend and I found our first of three trains that day to be delayed, meaning we might miss our second train. Upon arrival to the second train station, we ran like obnoxious tourists through the station and somehow made it on the second, which was also late. The same happened with the third train and we were finally in Grindelwald.
After finding our way to the youth hostel in the rain through a completely dark path in what seemed like the middle of the woods, we got inside and set our alarms for the next day.
As it was dark when we arrived in Switzerland, we were stunned the next morning when we woke up to find ourselves surrounded by tall, snow-covered mountains. It was insane and made us that much more excited for the day.
After breakfast, we traversed into town and took a gondola up to the top of a mountain to do some hiking. As the gondola progressed farther up the mountain, snow (in June!) started to fall and we were a little worried about what we were getting ourselves into. We bought hats at the top of the mountain and it was all fine from there!
We managed to do a hike and a half and then, on a completely spontaneous decision, decided to go paragliding - the views were stunning and I felt like I was floating in the air. It wasn't as scary as I anticipated even though I was 8,000 feet above the ground!
That evening, we decided to go on another hike before dinner - bad idea. Long story short, we got lost, stepped in a lot of cow manure, and had to hitchhike a ride with cow farmers back to our youth hostel.
The next day was much less stressful - we hiked around different faces of the mountains and only almost got lost once! The big thrill of the day was having to pass by cows that were three feet from us. Otherwise, the views were brilliant as always. It really was hard to wrap my head around the fact that I was hiking in the Swiss Alps, which is something I never thought I would get the chance to do.
The entire trip was full of stunning views and I really do hope to return one day!