Day 2 & 3: Mountains is what we love.October 11, 2017 in Switzerland
After our long hike yesterday we figured that we should take it easy, so after a breakfast that we assembled in front of the supermarket we when sight seeing by car. We found a gloriously beautiful via ferrata (klettersteig) but this one was high up and way to difficult to start with for Mariska. Her first klettersteig was a short course in the Netherlands and the second was a high rope parcour in Finland so we looked fort he next best thing to do, a very long zip line on the other side of the Jungfrau area. We tried to get there by car, but to get to the start of the zip- line we needed to walk a few hours also. We enjoyed the area and went to a via ferrata i found on the internet (hurray for fast mobile internet in all off Europe). We started walking up a beautifull mountain and it was an easy via ferrata and good to practise with since there is always more to learn about safety.
The view was beautifull and after 1,5 hours we reached the top where a small restuarant was situated. So after a well deserved drink we went back to the car and this time we reached it with enough time left before dark. We drove to our next accomodation just behind the Gotthard Tunnel. It almost felt like italy with all these Italian speakers around here. We went for dinner at this Hamburger place and it said: create you own legend. Well we did that, the best burger I ever ate… And the restaurant was what we call very gezellig. Nice atmossphere very friendly staff and good music :D.
The last day of Switzerland we drove back along the pass next to the Gotthard to Andermatt, where our final klettersteig would be beginning at the Devills bridge.
It was a very steep climb and eventually quite long. It was marked as “ a little difficult” so with Mariska climbing in front I was amazed of her speed the first part. I said” don’t forget to enjoy the view” and she said: yes when this steep part is over. Her fear off heights played some part in this and honestly I have to say that she did an amazing job climbing this track without any hesitations or complaints. I am proud on the way she handled every obstacle and trusts me every time I say she can do it. Actually I think Mariska is now cured from this fear. So after our victory moment at the top and the way down, it was already 15:00.
We needed to go to Bologna and the way to get there was taking the pass above the Gotthard and then to Italy, apparently this is a very busy road because we went from traffic jam to traffic jam. Around 21:00 we arrived in Bologna, settled the accommodation and walked to the nearest restaurant that would serve us at this late hour. Snoopy 2 was there for us ;-) we had well deserved pasta and pizza. The best tortellini if I must say.Read more