LOCATION: Lucerne & Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
This item is part of my Contiki Trip Series.
I had this view in my head that Switzerland was just going to be snow everywhere. I was absolutely blown away by how wrong I was and just how magically beautiful this place really is. Simply amazing can’t even begin to describe it. The drive in to Lucerne was nothing but large bright blue lakes surrounded by mountains and waterfalls in all directions. I’m a sucker for waterfalls and couldn’t even keep track of how many there were.
We arrive in Lucerne and first saw the Lion of Lucerne. It is a wounded lion carved in the rock as a memorial for the Swiss Guards who were massacred during the French Revolution.
After seeing the memorial, we went into the town of Lucerne. There, we went to a chocolate shop. Everyone always wants Swiss chocolates. Lindt Chocolate is made there, which posed the question “why is lindt chocolate better in Switzerland than other places.” The answer to that is the altitude. The higher altitude changes the consistency of the chocolate, so when that chocolate is shipped to the States and reduces in altitude it changes the flavor slightly. I found that very interesting. We also went to a Swiss Army Watch shop. I’m not into watches though, so I didn’t stay in there long.
After a little while in Lucerne, it was time to make the drive to Lauterbrunnen where our Contiki hotel was. The drive there seemed to be even more beautiful than the drive to Lucerne. I didn’t even think that was possible.
We arrived to our hotel, which was located at the bottom of a valley surrounded by mountains and the Swiss Alps in the distance. There were at least 7 waterfalls around us and all I could hear were the falls and sheep in the distance with their bells on. I couldn’t believe where I was, it really seemed like a dream.
Even though I was in beautiful surroundings, my sickness that I had since the beginning of the trip was getting much, much worse. I was coughing, I couldn’t swallow due to my throat being closed up, I had white dots on the back of my throat, my eyes were oozing some substance and I could barely eat or talk. My tour guide said I actually looked like I was dying at this point and insisted I be taken to the local hospital. I felt devastated. Switzerland was the one place I was really looking forward to and I really didn’t want to miss my Jungfraujoch experience, which you can read about HERE. She assured me that I could go after that though.
The next day, we went to the top of Jungfraujoch and headed back and it was time for me to go to the hospital. I arrived and told all of my symptoms. They took my blood and told me that my white blood count was extremely low and my body was about to go into shock. They explained that I had a severe viral infection. They prescribed me 4 different medications and two antibiotics to take, all of which were in German. Luckily, they said I would start to feel better soon and they were surprised I did all that I did with how I felt. I’m actually surprised too, but I guess when you don’t want to pass on the opportunity for something, you are willing to fight through things.
Switzerland, I will be back…and hopefully without a medical record.
*Thank you Shiran and Sue-Anne for accompanying me on this adventure
WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?: Switzerland is by far one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I want to go back soon.
Contiki Travel is HIGHLY recommended. I would do this all over again a million times. www.contiki.com