Interlaken - the Holiday region

Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
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TCS Camping Interlaken

Flag of Switzerland  , Swiss Alps,
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Had a late start departing Krattigen as we wanted to make the most of the free Wi-Fi. Interlaken was a short drive. Seems to be the central place for tourism in this region, lots to do here.

We watched some Paragliders come in for a landing. Quite a few actually!  Perfect weather for it here in the mornings at Interlaken.

From Interlaken we drove 20minutes to a Waterfall at Lauterbrunnen.  Its cool how from the side of a mountain, there sits a waterfall.  It was a hike to the top – the view was much better from the bottom though as you got to see all of it.  At the bottom was a tap thing with fresh spring water. Freezing cold but tasted divine!  If only we had empty bottles to fill! Met a guy from the states who went to Spain and partook in Running with the Bulls – from a doorway!  Smart bloke!  He described Pamplona as being filthy with the streets piled high with rubbish.

Drove back to Interlaken to grab some lunch.  They had Hooters restaurant!  Had to go there!  We ordered these little chicken things for an entree and YUM!  The only disappointment was the girl waitresses in their hot little uniforms weren't that hot.  No swiss hotties t there like they were pictured on the menu. Trav recons some were past their used by dates! 

There are stalls in the town which sell Soft Cornetto’s. These are really cool, and I hope they come to Australia one day. They take a special cup of ice-cream out of the freezer, and use a press to squeeze it out into a Cornetto waffle cone. There was 6 flavours to choose from, no soggy cone and the ice-cream was soft and fresh.

We made it back to Helios after a nice walk through the sunny streets of Interlaken...eating our Soft Serve cornetto Icecream when it started to rain.  What the?!  Sunny one minute rainy the next!  Trav came up with a great idea for both of us to do a lap around Helios in the rain.  Why not I thought!  The last time I did that was in year 12 with Bec and Jo!  So I set up the camera in the car to record us in action.  Buy this time the rain was getting quite heavy.  That wasn’t going to stop me!  We decided to run clockwise and on the count of 3.... off we went.  The second I stepped outside I was drenched.  Did the dash around the car and made it back to my seat.  I was so surprised to see Trav not as wet as me.  Hec...he must’ve ran pretty fast!  He was sitting there recording me having a great laugh.  And then it dawned on me.... the little shit didn’t even do it!  Don’t back is a bitch and I normally give it back ten folds!

We sat in the car and watched the torrential rain.  Our Helios was rocking from the wind. We certainly weren’t able to drive in it.  A large bin on 4 wheels went flying past us.  A chair in the middle of the road from a nearby hotel.  It was great.  People trying to walk/ride in the rain with an umbrella. Thunder, Lightening....awesome.  It lasted about 30min and then cleared up.

Checked ourselves into a caravan park. The first few parking bays at the campsite were completely flooded but found a nice spot at the back. We then made our way to Bönigen which was only a 5min drive.  They had a swiss festival there.  We had swiss beer and bought some cheese.  They had a lady play her accordion and Yodel!  Yep.... I’m in Switzerland and I heard someone Yodel!  I can now leave Switzerland!  They had these guys play these really long horns – check out the picture.  They actually sounded really nice.  One of the guys went so red in the face!  15 guys also walked into the festival with these really huge cow bells.  As they walked they would hit the bell.  So loud and it didn’t really sound that great.  They had dancing and other music as well.  We didn’t hang around too late as it started to rain.  We made a bolt to Helios before it got too heavy. 
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Berta on

Still no comment about the cheese

Anna :) on

Keep alert dear Trav cause anytime, anywhere, when you least expect it...BAM Kel has struck!! hehehe

travandkel on

We asked a Swiss person the question on your behalf, and this is their translated answer...
Gassy bacteria are behind all that holey cheese. In order to make cheese, you need the help of bacteria. Starter cultures containing bacteria are added to milk, where they create lactic acid, essential for producing cheese. Various types of bacteria can be used to make cheese, and some cheeses require several different bacteria to give them a particular flavor.
Propionibacter shermani is one of the three types of bacteria used to make Swiss cheese, and it's responsible for the cheese's distinctive holes. Once P. shermani is added to the cheese mixture and warmed, bubbles of carbon dioxide form. These bubbles become holes in the final product. Cheesemakers can control the size of the holes by changing the acidity, temperature, and curing time of the mixture. Incidentally, those holes are technically called "eyes," and the proper Swiss name for the cheese is Emmentaler (also spelled Emmental or Emmenthaler).

Swiss cheese has been in the news recently because the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) created new guidelines that regulate the hole size of domestically produced Swiss cheese. The USDA reduced the standard size of the holes by half because new cheese-slicing machinery got caught on larger holes. The Swiss weren't pleased by the revised guidelines and insist that Emmentaler must have large holes. Considering how iconic those eyes are, we think they have a good point.

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