And so, I have been back from my trip of a lifetime for over two weeks, but have not updated due to struggling with various things since my return.
No trip updates for a while, until I get all the photos in one place. They currently reside in three different phones.
It was kind of a weird trip, and my Mum and I had some form of PTSD from it for about a week after we were back. My Mum had been dreaming nightly about climbing un-climable mountains, and I had also been dreaming about train rides and train stations every night. I will elaborate more when I do the trip updates, but one of the main reasons for the trip being less enjoyable then I had planned for was this – trail reviews. Don’t trust trail reviews when they say that it will be a hike grannies can do, because Swiss grannies CAN climb like goats.
I am also badly sunburnt, because I forgot to pack either sunblock or a hat, and refused to buy any in Switzerland because prices were kind of astronomical. 15CHF for a cap when I have dozens of free ones lying around at home! Thanks but no thanks! As a result, I look like I spent ten days at a beach resort instead of the mountains.
Anyway, the grand total for our trip sans discretionary shopping and gifts came to SGD 7,700 for two, which is pretty respectable. We have my mother to thank for this, since she lugged a rice cooker and about 7 dinners worth of rice all the way to Switzerland. Together with the generous breakfast at the hotel in Wengen, we managed to keep food costs way down. Frankly, it was really, really difficult to stomach the cooked food prices in Switzerland. The cheapest alternatives we could find were Kebabs at about SGD 15 each. We ate a lot from supermarket delis for our lunches, and a meal with two sandwiches and a salad would cost us about SGD 25. We checked out some Asian places, but there was no way we were ever going to be parted with SGD 25 for a bowl of beef noodles.
Frankly, I don’t know why people complain about food prices in Singapore at all. My mother told me she went on a grocery shopping spree once we came home, because suddenly everything looked so cheap by comparison.
We also spent around SGD 1100 on gifts and shopping. Dad did get his Swiss watch after all, plus another one for an Aunt of mine, and about SGD 350 worth of chocolates, wieners/cervalets and cheeses.
On the whole, it was still a memorable trip and I can now laugh at certain memories that had originally caused me to nearly cry in frustration. Switzerland is very beautiful and well run, and if I had the moolah, somewhere I would really like to live on a semi-permanent basis. Unfortunately, I don’t, so I comfort myself with thoughts of future trips back to the mountains.
Will be back with more updates as soon as I can get myself together and put together a few review posts!
….Ok, just one picture for now to stave off the anticipation…
Watch out for the rest!