Our first full day in Switzerland was an early start with having to get up at 6.30 in the morning so that we could be ready to leave at 8.15am. Our coach was scheduled to arrive at 8.30 and yet we had to wait until 9, although having fun paddling in the river and talking to passing scouts. On hearing the news that our coach wasn’t going to arrive until much much later we took a tour of the scout centre KISC (Kandersteg International Scout Centre) learning all about the Pinkies (The nickname for the staff who all wore pink uniform) and the different sponsored rooms. And being shown the extremely impressive number of neckers; there was around 1200 neckers from all around the world pinned up in nearly every room. And yes, we did find our international necker in one room! We also got a small tour around the scout’s campsite, including the campfire pit which can hold up to 400 scouts easily. And we learnt about BP Hill, named after Baden-Powel who once stood on the hill the first ever time he camped there and looked out over what would one day be KISC.
By the time that we had finished our tour the coach had arrived and was ready to take us to Reichenbach Falls the famous waterfall where Sherlock Holmes and his enemy had their fight and they fell apparently to their deaths. Due to the change in times we cut short our walk around Reichenbach Falls to just up and down again. It was a very hot day and I believe all of us were in favour of the shorter walk. There was a lot of steps to climb and we all decided to have our lunch as a break half way up. Carrying on up we were greeted by a fantastic sight, one I will never forget for the rest of my life. Cascading down the rocks was crystal clear blue water, thundering underneath us as we walked over a metal bridge. It was beautiful.
Eventually the whole group dragged their eyes away from the spectacle below us and we continued up the falls.
At the top we enjoyed ice cream and a quick break before heading back down again. We went all the way down to the bottom (Riding the train down the last little bit) and met our coach to drive us into Meringen. Where meringues were first made. Where we spent a couple of hours exploring the village and visiting the Sherlock Holmes Museum.