Weekend in review

This past Friday night we had our first house guest come stay over. I met Kevin through a friend back in grad school at JMU  and hadn’t seen him since except for a randomly running into him on the streets of Seoul last April. He just took a teaching job an hour from Lausanne at a boarding school in the mountains, so he came to see our town for the first time. We had fun, beers on our balcony, went out to dinner and grabbed drinks at a bar up near the cathedral on a terrace. A great night out on the town!

Saturday Andrew and I had to take care of a lot more apartment stuff and run errands. Our apartment is finally coming together, we just need wall decorations but we aren’t rushing that. Photos coming soon!

Today we took the advice of our upstairs neighbor, Nico, to go up to Rochers de Naye, which is an hour to the southeast of Lausanne. We took a train to Montreux then transferred to a cog wheel train that goes up the mountains and stopped at Caux. It was about 1000 meters hike to get from Caux to the top of Rochers de Naye, at 2,042 meters (which is about 6,700 ft) and the trail was a real stair stepper. Up, up, up and nothing down or flat for about 2 hours 15 min. Def a great leg workout. It was a warm day and blue skies with puffy clouds – I think I will let the photos do it justice!

The cog wheel train going up towards Rochers de Naye
We started our hike in Caux at this train station
View from the hike up
Kind of hard to tell but the trail was super steep here
This is a good representation of the trail signage in Switzerland. The trails here so far have been very well signed. The difference from what I’m used to in the states is that it shows the time it will take you to get to the next destination, versus the distance that I would have expected to see. It makes sense but still hard to let go of my instinct to wonder, “How far ’til we get there?”

At the top, true to Swiss fashion, there was a cafe, observation decks, and a train station so we were able to have a beer at the top while we took in the view then take the train down the mountain at the end of the hike. It was so great to get out of town and up to the mountains with fresh air and amazing views of the Alps. Sunday afternoon well spent!

View of Lac Léman from the top of Rochers de Naye
View from the top of Rochers de Naye
Hard earned beer at the top of Rochers de Naye

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