[Image Credit: http://melbournelawyer.co] We met two interesting characters on the high speed train from Spiez, Switzerland to Milan, Italy. They were crammed into the same four person table that Shru and I were. Both were initially talking to each other in Italian, so we figured they didn’t know English. A few minutes went by before Shru asked the older guy, probably in his 50s, if he was stopping in Milan. He replied in near-perfect English that he had been in Zurich and was going on with his mother to their hometown in southern Italy near Sicily. The younger guy we’d find out later was 18 and was travelling from Basel, Switzerland to a small town on the Eastern coast of Italy. Both of their journeys would take over 10 hours by train.
Traveling can bring out the best and worst in you. It can break you and lift you in ways you never imagined. There are some days when you feel antsy and the materialistic side of you overpowers your brain …you realize you miss your tempurapedic mattress bed, clean, crisp sheets and even your uncomfortable couch at home. But, there are days when you feel alive and free when you hike for hours surrounded by towering cliffs and incomprehensible natural beauty.
If someone could just pay me to be a full-time hiker and wander around in the mountains, the deep valleys and the lush forests all day, I would be in heaven, literally. I wonder if I would ever get bored or tired of a job like that. Will I wake up in the morning and say, “Oh damn, I have to go to work again and climb these annoying mountains and look at this beautiful scenery yet again” and “My life is so hard. I wish I had a desk job.”
I knew a lot of Indian people visited Switzerland, thanks to Bollywood. What I didn’t realize was the scale of it all. When we first arrived in Zurich, we didn’t see a lot of my people. But, as soon as we stepped outside the Interlaken train station, we saw a sign for Indian Dinner Cruise on Lake Brienz. It was the only sign for a cruise on that lake. It amazed me ‘cos I didn’t realize how many Indian people have started travelling abroad specifically to places such as Switzerland which are really expensive even by American standards! The Switzerland government gets it and totally capitalizes on the situation. Hell yeah, I would too! So, when I found out that there is an Indian restaurant called Bollywood at the top of the Jungfrau peak (also called Top of Europe. BTW, it is not the highest mountain in Europe), I wasn’t surprised.