I’m back! As I’ve announced it before, I’ve been to Interlaken, Switzerland, from the 15th to the 20th of July. Seems quite short but – as you know – brevity is the soul of wit.
So let’s talk a little about PTPI first: People To People International is an international non-profit organization “founded in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower” that “promotes international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities”. These activities are not defined; you could be offering food to homeless people, providing free private lessons for kids in nearby schools or even in other countries about your culture or simply helping out in your community. My personal favorite aspect of PTPI is the opportunity to travel around the world with/without your Chapter to other countries’/cities’ Chapters. These so-called Chapters are individual subgroups that consist of people like us: open, free-spirited and fond of traveling. You can stay in their homes, learn through them their cultures, get private, unique and individual tour guides through the country/city and meet many different people. (And also save expenses for accommodation facilities.)
So I travelled with my Student Chapter to Interlaken in Switzerland, a true epitome of holiday regions in Switzerland: amazing landscapes, astonishing views, nature, nice people, tourists in abundance and ABSOLUTELY EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE.
The little town is due to its function as the main gateway to the mountains and lakes of that region – surrounded by Lake Thun and Lake Brienz as well as crossed by the Aare River – a well-known tourist destination – like REALLY well-known. No matter where you’re looking, you’re seeing loads of tourists – especially from asian countries such as South Korea which by the way also explains the prices.
Anyway, we didn’t let the prices or the bunches of tourists keep us from exploring the region and having fun. Let’s move right away to the development of the five days!
Our Student Chapter contained of 10 people that were divided in three groups staying with different hosts. I’ve been grouped together with two other girls as well as the chaperon to Daniel, our lovely host father. Over the course of the next days, he spoilt us with super delicious evening meals followed by desserts – EVERYDAY -, recovery sessions in his jacuzzi tub after laborious mountain hikes and in general with his good temper. We’ve arrived in Interlaken at 7 pm. which is why didn’t do much that day.
On the 17th of July, we took the train to Luzern, a social and cultural center of Central Switzerland. It’s quite a popular tourist destination that’s surrounded by water – Lake Lucerne – and mountains – Mount Pilatus and Rigi – and is divided by Lake Lucerne in the Old Town and the periphery/Vorstadt.