Planes, trains, automobiles (ok, a bus) and… toboggans?? We are off on yet another amazing adventure! This time it’s to Luzern, Switzerland for a little snow and skiing. After an almost 60 degree Christmas in Barcelona, it was time to get a little of that holiday spirit in our lives. And where better than the mountains of Switzerland.
We flew into Basel and headed for the train counter. My god the trains here are expensive! I had gone on the advice of a friend yo do the train thing and honestly didn’t think twice. I figured we would be saving a few pennies and we wouldn’t have to worry about driving on dangerous, icy mountain roads. Josh may disagree, but I’m still glad we went this route. And with the Swiss being so efficient, it wasn’t a hard system to navigate.
We made it on to the train with moments to spare and arrived in Engelberg about 45 minutes later. We went from the lush green landscape with snowy mountain peaks and Lake Luzern to a winter wonderland filled with snow, ice and more mountains. We asked for directions and a little over a 15 minute walk later we were at Engelburg/Titlis station with 30 (long) minutes to spare. So far our day has been comprised of a lot of hurry up and wait moments.
We finally made it on to the funicular to go up the mountain to do the 3.5 km toboggan run. Those in the States, you may have heard Liam’s screams. He was totally NOT on board for this. Not being adventurous like this myself, I was surprised to find that I was actually excited about it.
We had such a great time, I was sad when it ended so quickly. We had 30 minutes until dinner and so Josh and Aidan headed back up for a second run to race each other back down. It’s probably best that I didn’t see Aidan, his speed or his control as there were some very precarious corners along the trail. But he’s a smart kid and made it back down so he obviously was doing something right!
Once more we had to race – down to the train station for the train that was coming in 20 mins. Only when it was 9:29 did we realize that it was a bus and not a train we needed to take. We raced around to the front of the building and the us had just pulled up. That was close!
Our bus driver seemed to think he belonged on the Indy race circuit. We drove quickly down ice covered roads that made 180 degree switchbacks that would make anyone nervous! Both kids fell asleep and it’s probably for the best as I white knuckled our way down to the train station, a half hour away. We finally made it to the train station and had about 10 minutes to kill. We couldn’t wait to make it back to the hotel which was sometime close to 11 by the time all was said and done. It was a long day of racing, but totally worth it in the end. We’re looking forward to some more Swiss adventures over the next 5 days!