Day 60 – Paragliding, Jet Boating, and Pub Crawling in Interlaken

Damn Prodigy killed it last night. So much so, that waking up this morning proved a bit more difficult than expected. It also did not help that all of my hostelmates still had their eyes closed as well. Thus, after packing in near silence, I checked out and made my way to the main train station to catch a train to Interlaken–the city of extreme sports!

I failed to print directions to the hostel, but the station had an LED map which lit up the location of Balmers. I took a photo of it with my phone and used it to wander my way over. Checking in I felt both relieved and exhausted, but also very excited–anxious to delve into the world of extreme sports once again! Therefore I booked the last paragliding spot at 5:15.

As I had time beforehand, but not too much, I looked for an activity which would take under 3 hours–aka, not many in Interlaken. A new tour group started to host ‘jet boats’ in May. I had been on the SeaDog before in Chicago so I thought I would give it a go (also the TripAdvisor reviews all stood at 5 stars!). When I arrived, I noticed the boat only held 10 people (much, much smaller than the aforementioned Chicago vessel). This allowed for some quicker spins!

Before we got-a-boating, I had some time to take in the landscape!

DSC00497

DSC00493

Then it was-a-boating time!

DCIM100GOPRO

DCIM100GOPRO

DCIM100GOPRO

DCIM100GOPRO

DCIM100GOPRO

After an epic time on the water, I returned to the hostel with 15 minutes to get ready for my next endeavor: paragliding! The initial view from the top:

DSC00515

DSC00517

Closeup of the snow-peaks!

DSC00524

Unfortunately, the weather had other plans and started to go south. Rain hit us for about 20 minutes or so and delayed our jump for almost an hour total. Eventually I ended up with these shots though!:

DCIM102GOPRO

DCIM102GOPRO

DCIM102GOPRO

DCIM102GOPRO

DCIM102GOPRO

Then we landed safely, wooo!

DSC00534

I shot a bit of the surroundings too on my way back to Balmers.

DSC00533

DSC00541

Jet boating and paragliding completed, I returned to the hostel a bit wiped out. A late dinner later and I got my A-game ready for some Saturday-nighting. Sure enough, I ended up on a pub crawl, but not just any pubcrawl, a crawl in which females outnumbered their counterparts by about 10 to 1. Not to sound like a broken record, but many shots, beers, and bars later, we ended up back at the hostel around 3ish. The crown activity of my whole trip had been scheduled tomorrow so I needed some decent sleep.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>