Growing up, my parents attempted to subdue my fearless nature with one of the most basic parent quotes of all time: “If all of your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?” Even today, I would have to begrudgingly respond with a defeated “no.” However, would I follow my friends out of a plane 14,000 feet in the air while in the Swiss Alps? Now that’s a completely different story (sorry mom).
I’ve always been one for adventure. Monotonous routine bores me. When I think of
Interlaken, I can’t help but think that this is the place where all of my high adventure needs will be met. To be honest, until recently, this was all Interlaken was to me; a fun stop filled with chocolate and cheese that would allow us to have a break from our journey through the intense cultural labyrinth that is CR. While Interlaken may be the place with the fewest museums and historical encyclopedias, I am looking forward to finding the beauty in the unwritten, a true glimpse of the culture with no preconceptions of what to expect.
As the midpoint of our experience, Interlaken offers us a period of self-reflection; a moment to think back to our time in Germany while mentally preparing for the upcoming ubiquitous Italian culture. Yet, this is no break. As CR7’s Mary Grekstas puts it, “Interlaken was a great time for the group to bond.” Interlaken is known on CR for its infamous canyoning and hang-gliding endeavors, but even more recently skydiving. It should come as no surprise that this isn’t exactly everyone’s forte. In the words of CR9’s Madeline Pitcock, skydiving is “terrifying.” While I myself am enamored with the thought of jumping out of a plane in the extreme sports capital of the world, I cannot speak for the other members of CR10. With that being said, I look forward to seeing how each member of the Crecade overcomes their adversities and lets go of their fears for the chance to be present in a once in a lifetime experience.
Beyond high adventure, Interlaken is most notable for its stunning landscape. Translating to “between lakes”, Interlaken rests between Lake Brienz to the east and Lake Thun to the west in addition to being surrounded by the Swiss Alps. Nearly every facet of nature is present here. It is an outdoorsman’s paradise. This excites me for a few reasons, one of them being that I get to see the grandeur of God’s creation in some of its most opulent forms. I get to see, hear, smell, and touch the wonders that is has to offer while being surrounded by people who wish to do the same. Commonality fosters community and there is no doubt that we will all be able to resonate with one another over something as beautiful as Interlaken.
Despite my only certainty about Interlaken being that Dr. P makes us eat an “aggressively cheesy fondue dish”, I am excited to venture into the unknown, to find comfort in the uncomfortable, and to grow alongside of the familia every step of the way. As for any of the Crecade who may have doubts about participating in high adventure, I have one last question for you:
What are the odds?
1 out of 1,