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May 24, 2009

Day Two in Switzerland: a trip to Jungfrau! Even though it looks like it's just a few miles away, the trip to Jungfraujoch takes almost three hours owing to all the different trains that one must take to get to the top. The last set of trains are all privately-run cogwheel trains designed for steep -- very steep -- inclines. The last half an hour or so was entirely within a mountain tunnel. The train stopped twice so that everyone could clamber out and see the scenery from special windows that had been cut in the side of the mountain.

After spending a couple of hours or so at the top (there's a large lodge, an ice cave, an observatory, seeming miles of tunnels, and a place to go outside and freeze), Rahil hopped on the train, but this time took a more scenic route back, through Wengen and the stunning Lauterbrunnen.

Rahil had been keenly anticipating his first encounter with snow (his Dad talked it up a lot). He enjoyed it until he took his cumbersome mittens off and realized that snow, especially at altitude (Jungfraujoch is over 13,000' high), is COLD. Watch him holler here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhspP-VU5g0

The trip, which started at around 9 a.m., took most of the day. He returned for another late afternoon romp in the paragliding park and had a nice dinner and the adjacent cafe.
Shopping for cowbells while waiting for the train at the Interlaken Ost station
Shopping for cowbells while waiting for the train at the Interlaken Ost station
On the way up to Jungfraujoch
On the way up to Jungfraujoch
Getting closer!
Getting closer!
At last!  The top of Europe!  First encounter with snow!
At last! The top of Europe! First encounter with snow!
View from Jungfraujoch view
View from Jungfraujoch view
On the train back down.
On the train back down.
View of Lauterbrunnen from the train
View of Lauterbrunnen from the train
Panoramic view of Lauterbrunnen on the way back from Jungfraujoch
Panoramic view of Lauterbrunnen on the way back from Jungfraujoch
View of the smiling cogwheel tracks at the Wengen stop
View of the smiling cogwheel tracks at the Wengen stop
More paragliding watching.
More paragliding watching.
Awaiting the evening rain.
Awaiting the evening rain.
Dad atop Jungrau
Dad atop Jungrau