America from Abroad

We woke up with a simple question: how do you celebrate July 4th while not surrounded by parades, fireworks and American-flag clad patriots? This July 4th would be like no other as we celebrated America while gallivanting around Switzerland.
 
We started the day in Laterbrunnen, a small town which they call the Shangri-La of Switzerland for its sheer beauty and abundance of waterfalls. However, since our arrival cloudy skies had covered the towering peaks of the Eiger (the North Face mountain) and the Jungfrau. Yet, ever a sign of the power of America, the skies opened up and gave us clear skies for our day of celebration.
 
Morning view of Laterbrunnen
 
So what did we decide to do with our day? We brought America to the top of Europe. That is, we took the famous Jungfraujoch train up to (what they claim) is the highest point in Europe. It is the base for many snow hikes around the Eiger and provides a glimpse into a glacier paradise. In the picture below, if you see that tiny-seeming building between the peaks–that is the Jungfraujoch station.
We happened upon an American flag near the train station and decided it was the perfect accessory for the day–it also proved to make us very popular at the top of the mountain as every American wanted their picture taken with the flag. It was a communal effort, acting like we were proudly hoisting the flag after conquering the mountain. In reality, we had all boarded the luxury express to a tourist parkway..but that's neither here nor there (and not how I will choose to remember it).
Us, the flag and the Eiger
 
We cheered to America with hot chocolate before heading back down the mountain and then headed off to Zermatt to cap our five-day, five-city express tour of Switzerland. We head to Spain next to conquer the bulls and then it's back home to the United States. And boy can we say, as much as we've loved Europe, we are proud to be American.

 

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