|Matterhorn or known as the Toblerone mountain|
Remember me? :p
So yeah, I've been neglecting my blog lately. I have dozens of stories to tell and hundreds of pictures to share from my previous trips. But I just couldn't force myself to sit still and write because there's too much stuff running in my mind randomly. I've been away from online world for couple months now and only updating daily on Instagram. A part of me is disappointed of myself because lately I easily get panic attack and nervous breakdown. The strange thing is that even though travelling has been a huge part of my life since I was born, lately I don't enjoy it as much. Perhaps the claustrophobia and aerophobia has wore me out. I don't recognise myself anymore. I'm still looking the best way to cure it though, whether it's having hypnotherapy sessions, seeing a psychiatrist or learning to relax by practising yoga. I'm open to any suggestions from you, guys :)
|Matterhorn railway station|
Alright then, I better cut the pouring heart session and will share one of my Swiss trip highlights. I had been wanting to visit Zermatt since forever. And while it's one of the prettiest cities in Switzerland, it's also one of the most expensive too. During my student life in Switzerland 15 years ago, I didn't have much money to splurge. So I was happy to finally made it to Zermatt this time. The city is heaven to snow lover and the Gornergrat railway is one of most popular activities to do. The Gornergrat railway station is situated at an altitude of 3089 m, which makes it the second highest railway in Europe after the Jungfrau and the highest open-air railway of the continent.
I've said it a thousand times before that I love travelling by train. I find the steady sound of train moving is a very soothing back sound as I admiring the view outside my window. And Switzerland offers numerous railway routes with spectacular scenery along the way. The journey I took from Zermatt to Gornergrat is no exception as well. I love looking at the Swiss chalets with it's snow-covered roof in some village I passed through. Such a pretty scenery. And I was so lucky that I got to see the Matterhorn in a full view because of the clear weather.
|it's white everywhere|
|breathtaking view outside|
|the final station|
|super clear day!|
In what feels like a blink of an eye, the train stopped in Gornergrat station (it's actually about 30 minutes ride). Though it was minus 10 degree Celsius up there, to me it felt quite warm because of the bright sunshine. My White Christmas couldn't get any more perfect than this! Oh, by the way Swiss Pass will come handy if you ever plan to explore Switzerland. It entitles you to unlimited travel on consecutive days throughout the rail, bus and boat Swiss travel system network. Apart from that, it offers 50% reduction on most mountain railways and cable cars and free entrance also free entrance to hundreds museums and exhibitions. I didn't get one so I had to fork out CHF 86 for this train ride. Boohoo :(
|my White Christmas|
|the chapel atop Gornergrat|
|view from 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat|
Atop Gornergrat there's a hotel which was built between 1897 and 1907. The name is 3100 Kulm hotel at Gornegrat. It's not only one of these rare and unique accommodations but the highest altitude hotel in the Swiss Alps. The scenery is so spectacular for sure because it's surrounded by 29 peaks of the massive ridge separating Switzerland from Italy. Now, this is my kind of hotel I'd love to spend my honeymoon at *daydreaming*
I am a chocoholic. To me travelling to Switzerland always means bringing back a suitcase full of my favourite Swiss chocolate. And of course I'll share some for you, guys! One of the chocolates is even bigger than my head! teehee :D
I have 3 packages of chocolate, fridge magnet, keychain and postcard from Switzerland.
|all of these were air flown from Switzerland specially for you :p|
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Closing date: 1 April 2015
I wish the best of luck for youuuu :)
Update: Congratzzzz to the winners @sefiiin @ammamamo @iqbalrois !!! :D