Dear Europe (Day 3)

Right! So on day 3 of our European adventure we traveled to Titlis, the (I think) 3rd highest peak in Switzerland. We were super excited as it would be our first chance to play in the snow.

After 3 cable car trips in total, roughly 45 mins of travel, we arrived at 10 000feet and were greeted by breathtaking beauty. The cable car ride took us through various clouds and at times visibility was zero.  But the view and the experience was worth the trip. What surprised me most was the fact that it wasn’t nearly as cold as we had anticipated, despite the snow I was waltzing around in a pair of jeans, a short-sleeved shirt and a fleece top.  To be honest it was a bit of a mind-boggling experience.  When we started on the first cable car ride it was clearly in the middle of summer with over 30 degrees, yet there we were 45 minutes later standing on a mountain top with snow as far as the eye could see.

On our first of 3 cable car rides
On our first of 3 cable car rides
Cable cars disappearing into the clouds
Cable cars disappearing into the clouds
A group selfie as we wait for our next cable car...you'll notice that at this point we had to don our jackets:)
A group selfie as we wait for our next cable car…you’ll notice that at this point we had to don our jackets:)

The beauty that awaited us at the top

Titlis - 10 000 feet
Titlis – 10 000 feet
From the top..the cable car disappearing into the clouds
From the top..the cable car disappearing into the clouds

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After playing around in the snow for a bit and taking about a gazillion pictures we ventured over to the Cliff Walk…the highest suspension bridge in Europe.  We had been talking about this particular experience for days.  I am beyond scared of heights but, as I explained it to everyone afterwards, I think my fear of missing out on a once in a lifetime experience is bigger than my fear of heights and I was determined to cross that bridge. As it turns out…i was the only one out of the four of us brave enough.  The boys took all of 4 steps, took a picture and got off the bridge as fast as they could as soon as it started swaying. The other girl wouldn’t even try.  So there I was, all alone with my fear but determined to conquer, and conquer I did.  I walked all the way to the other side without hysterically bursting into tears and proudly got another single traveler to take pictures of me, I of course returned the favour.  On my return journey I even helped a girl who was stuck in the middle of the bridge sobbing hysterically.  I felt so sorry for her because I understood exactly how she felt, and everyone was just walking past her and ignoring her.  During our time on Titlis the clouds would, from time to time, completely cover the mountain and for a few seconds you wouldn’t be able to see anything. This happened while we were on the bridge too and I’m not sure if not being able to see how high we were made it better or worse.  But I was on a super high for the rest of the day. What an incredible experience!

Standing on the Cliff Walk. The picture gives you NO idea how high it actually is. Those tiny rocks at the bottom that almost look like gravel...bigass boulders.
Standing on the Cliff Walk. The picture gives you NO idea how high it actually is. Those tiny rocks at the bottom that almost look like gravel…bigass boulders.
That's me posing on the bridge while being swallowed by a cloud.
That’s me posing on the bridge while being swallowed by a cloud.
Proudly posing on the other side of the bride...I DID IT! (Picture courtesy of Ivor - the other single traveler)
Proudly posing on the other side of the bride…I DID IT! (Picture courtesy of Ivor – the other single traveler)
More epically thrilled smiley pictures...I came, I saw, I conquered
More epically thrilled smiley pictures…I came, I saw, I conquered
Playing in the snow.....I was hit by a snowball like 2 seconds later...luckily I noticed it when taking the picture and managed to save the camera:)
Playing in the snow…..I was hit by a snowball like 2 seconds later…luckily I noticed it when taking the picture and managed to save the camera:)
Ruby the snowboarder
Ruby the snowboarder

After I returned and found my friends, who patiently waited around playing in the snow while I was being brave, we headed on over to the glacier to do the glacier walk.  Yep, I got to walk inside an actual glacier.  It’s weird experience, knowing that you’re walking inside ice that is thousands if not hundreds of thousands of years old….being able to touch history…I was, and still am, in awe.

Standing inside the glacier
Standing inside the glacier
Touching history
Touching history
More glacier awesomeness
More glacier awesomeness

Our antics in the snow were followed by a lovely meal on top of Titlis.  And of course we had to try out another of their local brews:) Here are some of the pics we took from our table out the windows that pretty much form the entire wall of the restaurant…i suspect it may have been the meal with the most spectacular view I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

My late lunch view
My late lunch view
More views from my table
More views from my table
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