Saturday, October 25, 2008

The excitement continues...

We made it

So on Saturday we decided to see if it was possible to get to IKEA without a car - it is. It is not, however, easy to get to IKEA without a car - oh no. Mr K figured out our route online and we printed off our itinerary of train, regional train, bus and set out for Bern. Before leaving, we grabbed sandwiches and cokes - this was to prove to be very smart move as we were going to be needing those calories later.

Our on-train entertainment was listening to a couple American students chatting - and this was the first time in at least 6 months I've heard someone use the phrase, "And so I was like, whatever, you know."

We got to Bern in good time and, after a couple minutes' worth of confused wandering, we found the track for the little regional train - which would be leaving in 25 minutes. Rather than standing around, we went off to find the hot pretzel counter where we bought and rapidly consumed a giant buttered pretzel. Just like it sounds, this was a big salted pretzel that was sliced in half and spread with mounds of fresh, cool butter - it was heaven! Our tanks full once again, we headed back to the gate just as our tiny train pulled up. We took our seats and, in ten minutes, were on our way back out of Bern.

The fun started when we got to the little village where we were supposed to catch the bus to IKEA only to discover the next bus wouldn't arrive for another two hours. We checked the little map and saw IKEA was only four bus stops away. Mr K and his coworker popped into the grocery for cold drinks and directions and then we set out.

The girl at the grocery said something like "Go right, go left, go through the forest and you're there - you do have a car, don't you?"

We walked and walked, passing cows and green fields on both sides. We were pretty convinced we were going the wrong way, but it was a beautiful day and we had nothing else planned, so we just enjoyed the walk. This was the first place we've walked here without sidewalks, so we stuck to the side of the road.
Here you can see our route from the regional train station...

We finally arrived at the forest and, just a matter of minutes later, at IKEA. We arrived at 3:45 only to find they close at 5:00 on Saturday. No matter - at least we made it! We rushed madly through IKEA, and while Mr K and his buddy stood in line, I made the obligatory hot dog run since the hot dogs were easily 50% of our desire to go in the first place... I don't know why, but they just taste better after the stress of IKEA-shopping. We headed back out and caught the bus back to the regional train station, then caught the regional train four minutes later. Upon arriving in Fribourg, we picked up Chinese for dinner (ugh too much food) and swore to never eat again as we munch and sorted through our loot.

All in all, it was a really enjoyable day and the walk was probably the best part.

6 comments:

Carl E said...

I guess I have to ask, what did you buy? :-) Here in Brussels, we made 1 trip by Metro, almost an hour, and then another trip by rented van since we knew we were getting large items. Also, here they have something called "Taxi Verts", which are exaclty what it sounds like. You can hire them to transport your stuff to your place. Not cheap though. Do they have something like that in Switzerland?

Miz K said...

We didn't get much of anything - we were accompanying a friend and just picking up little thing - a couple picture frames, some fabric, pretty napkins. Really, it was all about the hot dogs! When we got out big wardrobe, we had it delivered - it wasn't too expensive and the added bonus of having the delivery guys bring it all the way into the apartment made it a good deal!

Jürg said...

how many hotdogs did you have? :)

Miz K said...

Only two .... hence the Chinese take-out for dinner - lol!

Sally Carter said...

MizK everyone knows you make the trip to Ikea for the meatballs, not the hotdogs... no wonder the trip went awry - your karma was all wrong!! PS they're even better if you buy a bag of frozen ones and the special e-number sauce that goes with them and cook them at home. A tip for your next visit - you'll be rushing back now I'm sure

Miz K said...

Wah we totally forgot the meatballs in the insanity that was IKEA closing .... next time!