You may have noticed by now that one of the major themes of this trip have been ending up in places we never thought we would, meeting great people, and having a wonderful time.
Our time in Bern, the capital of Switzerland, was no exception. On our way hitchhiking to Geneva from Zurich we ended up in Bern for two nights. The kid who picked us up was on his way to a date. We got into town around sunset.
“Over there is the beer,” he said.
“Cool, we like beer.” I said conversationally.
It took a while to realize that he meant bear and was just getting the translation wrong. Sure enough there were three of the animals. We wished him good luck on his date then checked out the bears, because how could we not?
The city looked really beautiful. We saw a lot of people sitting up on a hill and decided it was a good view to watch the sun go down so we hiked up and found a place to sit.
We realized we should eat dinner and asked someone where the nearest supermarket was.
“The only ones still open are in the train station, but that closes in ten minutes, you’ll never make it. You can come sit with me though; I have wine.”
How could we not?
We ended up talking to our new friend well into the darkness of night. He described Bern as “the California of Switzerland, the dudes of the country.”
This resulted in a fast friendship and he was kind enough to take us to his home that night then take us to the river for some relaxation and barbecue the next day.
You don’t need a cooler when you have glacier water!
We met some more people at the river and our group grew. They showed us some cool spots in the city.
Probably the best office in all of Bern.
We all decided it’d be fun to camp together and they knew a great spot at a different part of the river. My first experience wild camping was a success, complete with campfire and good company.
They were so incredibly sweet that they even offered to drive us to Geneva, first stopping near Montreux for another nice day in the sun. Lake Geneva is glacier water, but it was hot out enough that the cold was quite refreshing.
Bern was one of my favorite cities in Switzerland and I’d love to go back to explore more and take more pictures. We were, again, so grateful to the amazing locals who turned into friends and made our experience there possible.