Monday, January 12

My COOLEST experience ever....

...with emphasis on "cool". I was called to Zurich, Switzerland, for a surprise party for my good friend Elins fortiest birthday this weekend. Her husband told us to buy the plane ticket, he would take care of the rest. And boy did he. He told us to bring warm clothes, two caps, wool underwear, a flashlight, sunglasses, a swimsuit and a backpack. Hmmm, little did we know, what he'd been up to, he, he. So after a really good, Swiss brunch on Saturday morning with friends dropping in at exactly 10 am (all at the same time - the Swiss must be the most punctual people in the world, ha, ha), Stephan told us to start dressing and packing for cold weather. Elin was handed an envelope with instructions on what to pack.

Off we went, 5 Norwegian girls with warm clothes and backpacks, Siw, Marit, Grethe, Elin and me, off to what turned out to be Engelberg, an idyllic little place in the Alps. Just outside the gondola that would go all the way up to Mount Titlis, Elin was handed out two more envelopes, the first contained money for the tickets the second one information on where to get out and where to go to. As we opened the third envelope, all 5 of us sitting in the gondola and ready to go, we read the last instructions and realized we were going to stay the night in an igloo . No doubt, this was a once in a lifetime experience, and you don't have to ask; it was cold, but oh so awesome and absolutely unforgettable. It was even a full moon night and the sky was crystal clear. We were served glühwein when we arrived and for dinner we had delicious cheese fondue. We went for a one hour guided snow shoe walk (in the moonshine of course) and ended the night with a bottle of champagne and a bath in the whirlpool. After having that bath we were warmed up and ready to jump into our sleeping bags and spend the night sleeping with our caps on. Actually the only place I felt cold during the night was on my nose. I'm sure it was red as a Rudolf. Our swimsuites where all stiff and icy when we woke up....

The next morning we had breakfast in a restaurant nearby (indoor!!!) with the most beautiful view of the Alps. Wow! We took the gondola all the way up to Mount Titlis at 3020 m and enjoyed the most amazing view. It was absolutely stunning. Something to remember for the rest our lifes. Thank you Stephan for arranging this and giving us the time of our lives!!!! Experiencing this also made us appreciate a warm shower, our warm beds, our warm toilets SO much more, he, he.

Unfortunately, stupid me managed to forget my camera at Elins house and now have to wait patiently for her to send it to me. These pictures are from Elins camera, but edited by me...

all 5 of us at 3020 m!!! The picture is actually a result of me and my PSE (photoshop elements). The picture of us is cut out of an ugly background and pasted into the beautiful view...he, he....
Here's Marit, Grethe and Siw in the gondola
and here's Elin and me in the gondola, all exited to go....
Glühwein in the igloo bar. Cosy isn't it?
And this is the man who made it all happen; Stephan, "the man of the weekend" (quite a ladies man too.....look at that grin!)

9 comments:

Sidsel said...

For en helg! Heldig for deg at du har slike venner!
Klem fra mams

Heidi said...

Ååååh ... Marianne!! For en herlig helg du har hatt! Tenk, en igloo!! Må ha vært fantastisk.

Gleder meg til å se scrapperesulta av den turen der altså.

Klem fra Heidi

McMGrad89 said...

What a great time you all seemed to have in Switzerland. Super job of photoshopping too. Next year we are going to Norway. Hope our host is equally accommodating! :-)

Siw said...

Hei Marianne! Så flink du er!! Fint sammendrag av vår fantastisk flotte tur. Jeg gleder meg til å se flere av bildene som du tok:-)

Siw

Evi said...

Wow! Wat leuk!

Jannhild said...

Hei Marianne!!
Ser ut som dere har hatt en uforglemmelig tur!! Herlig :)
Koselige bilder :)

Klem og ha en flott dag!

HARTENKERSJE said...

waauuww i am jealous! Maybe i ll take my husband to this hotel in next year??? Grtz kirs x

piale said...

Stikker innom for å si at det ligger noe til deg i bloggen min!
Takk for inspirasjon til å ta bilder, jeg syns du er fantastisk flink til å ta stemningsfulle bilder!!
Ha en fin fredag!

steffi said...

Hi Marianne, ich bin ja immernoch kein Fan von Kälte, aber das klingt wirklich super!Denkt einfach ans Iglu, wenn die Arbeit zu viel wird..G+K Steffi