What a Trip
20.09.2009 - 21.09.2009 20 °C
We came down the cablecar from Gimmelwald bright and early at 6:30 am to catch the Post Bus from Stechelberg to Lauterbrunnen. Here we caught the train to Interlaken OST - so far so good. We actually boarded our first DB Bahn train an hour earlier than planned so we were off to a great start on our longest day of travel so far. Our expected train journey was almost 8 hours. Well about 7 trains later (actually we lost count) we finally made it to Reutte at about 4:45 pm. We thought our ticket was direct to Reutte but it was actually with many changes! We met so many people along the way who tried to help us figure out what we were supposed to do and shared so many laughs with the locals who were so helpful. At one station an Austrian lady we had met on one train and who had sort of adopted us tried to help us decide what to do next with the assistance of two other Austrian ladies. They motioned for us to get on quickly and then immediately changed their minds and told us to hurry and get off (the doors were already closed) - we did that and then they changed their minds again and told us to hurry and get back on! Oh boy - we were all laughing so hard. Then there was the connection where we had about 4 minutes to get to another line of the station and Leigh is running ahead with the luggage and I´m hobbling behind him. The conductor is yelling 'Get on the train'. Other people on the platform are yelling 'The train is leaving'. Leigh is yelling 'Wait - there's one more'. Finally I round the bend and Leigh literally pulls me up on the last car of the train and immediately the train leaves the station! Oh boy - that was way too close. Fortunately that was our last transfer. On this train we met Jeanie from Tuscon, Arizona who was also travelling to Reutte. We had dinner together last night and we're planning to visit Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles together tomorrow. She and Leigh will also ride the Luge. I'll pass thank you. A lot of our journey yesterday was through Germany and we saw the Baltic Sea _ beautiful. Austria and the Southern part of Germany are much like Switzerland. Very rural and so green with clean fresh air and surrounded by mountains.