If there were 5 words to sum up just how truly amazing, beautiful and memorable our time in Interlaken was they would be...
It can't be summed up.
It truly can't.
How can you honestly put in to words one of the most incredible, exciting times of your life? WE SAW SNOW. Cue fireworks and band music now. But not only did we see snow, we saw some remarkably heavy heavy snow that covered the whole town in white and allowed us to frolic like we were 12 year olds, do snow angels and have snow fights all whilst the snow was still falling. It was un-real.
Here is the clincher though - Morgs & I had put Interlaken on the list (Switzerland in general) for 2 reasons ...
1. To go Skydiving over the Swiss Alps.
2. To go skiing for the first time for us both ever
And guess what? Both of these amazing events couldn't or didn't end up happening because it was snowing so heavily. Initially I was pretty sad that two of the big to do's on our trip list couldn't end up happening - in fact to say I was gutted about not being able to skydive would be an understatement. But here's the beautiful thing, remember me first sharing how much I'd let go on this holiday? Well that came in to play hugely, but alongside that, I had Morgs who without skipping a beat shrugged the whole thing off like it wasn't no'thang', immediately said it was for the best as there were obviously better plans for us - have I mentioned how much I adore this man? and dragged me back out in to the snow for some more laughs & incredible awe inspiring moments.
I don't think either of us can really explain what it was about Interlaken that was so so amazing for us - it's just snow after all (right? wrong!), but being two snow virgins being out in falling heavy snow was one of the most magical moments of our life.
The awesome thing that happened as well is that because we couldn't go skiing or skydiving it opened up two whole days for us to explore the surrounding mountains which ended up being some of our favourite memories from Switzerland. Being able to train up to Lauterbrunnen and Grindewald to have big lunches, play in even more heavy snow and laugh till our cheeks hurt from the fun are moments and memories we get to now cherish forever.
The other cool thing that happened was we declared to the universe obviously Switzerland wasn't meant to give us all of our experiences and falling snow and being in snow was what we were to take away from Interlaken. We are now exploring the option of booking a ski holiday in Queenstown New Zealand and exploring different sky diving options at home (jumping over the ocean is high up our list as is doing it when we get over to Melbourne this year), both things we never would have gotten to experience otherwise which we are totally claiming as beautiful blessings in disguise.
With all of this love talk about Interlaken here are just a few other incredible lessons we took away from our time in this magical white winterland...
- To live, laugh and love with carefree abandon. I really mean it.
- That acting like a child again was some of the most freeing and hysterical fun we had.
- That when plans fall through, plans we had your heart set on, it was for the best and the universe has so much more in store for us.
- To truly be in the moment and show up for ourselves.
- To find peace in the quiet moments. And I really mean Peace.
- To do exactly what I felt like doing when moments called for it (like spinning till I fell over, screaming from excitement and running out in the cold with barely any clothes on to feel what its like) was some of the most fulfilling fun moments of our travel trip.
Even sitting here quietly now, back in my beautiful sunny home town Perth writing about our Interlaken experience actually makes me tear up, it was truly just that fun and memorable. Like the whole rest of our trip though it just worked, everything that was meant to be happened for us and it couldn't have been a more perfect town to end our huge 4 and a half month adventure in. Leaving Interlaken bound for the Zurich airport to start our trip home I felt relaxed, fulfilled and truly blessed for 5 days of pure magic.
Can you believe this is it though? Interlaken was our final destination in Europe and although I have a post to do on Dubai - oh myyy god did we love Dubai! - our big adventure is over. I will be sharing a few more posts to do with Travel before it's back to business around here and I have some exciting & huge plans for the blog in 2013.
Thank you to all you gorgeous souls though for following along on Morgs & I's crazy adventure - we felt connected through all of your comments on the blog, tweets and instagram comments....a big thank you post is on it's way but for now, just know having you all 'along for the ride' made our trip that much more special and memorable.
I hope you've loved sharing our experiences as much as we loved living them and writing about them.
SO much love + gratitude,
Anna (& Morgs) x x