I’m back in Bern! My second home. It doesn’t feel like 2 years have past at all… Esp since my hostess was able to produce my very own sheets and towels (and vacuum cleaner, and bicarb soda, and hiking book, and … !!!) from years ago.
The forecast was atrocious (thunderstorms!) so i’d given up on my plan to hike up a big, Swiss mountain. Instead I did exactly what i used to do (and ignored the fact it was crap weather) and I wandered up the local hill (the Gurten, 858m) that i used to live right next to.
At the top of the Gurten is a viewing platform. I couldn’t see anything but mist! But there are now new signs pointing out the peaks i should have been able to see. I didn’t need to look at the signs though – i can still picture them and I remember the names of most of them – esp my favourites (Shreckhorn and Finsteraarhorn).
I also went for a swim in the Aare – the natural wonder that used to be 5 mins from my door in the other direction. It still flows quicker than i can run (i checked – since i’m turning into a runner these days). Check out this news coverage to get more of an idea.
I saw the odd person in the river throughout the day but i had the whole river to myself when i ‘launched’. I’d forgotten what it sounds like to lie on one’s back and hear the water moving over the pebbles at the bottom….
The rest of the day was spent catching up with old friends. Good times!