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Bern (Berne), Switzerland

We took the train to Bern and enjoyed ourselves as much as the last few times we were there. I am in love with this city and beg Vilay to move there every single time we visit.

Vilay refuses because it is in the Swiss German part of Switzerland. I know it is impossible because I think it would be evil to put our kids in an environment where they would forced to learn a third language. Oh, but it is tempting!

Bern is a city that is calming and interesting with lots of history and things to do and see. We still have not been to see the bear pits but I am going to force Vilay into going the next time we are there.

Bern, Switzerland
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Bern, Switzerland
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Expatraveler took a similar photo. It is the last photo in her post and much better than mine. Expatraveler takes incredible photos. It looks like she had walked further down from where I had taken my photo.

It’s interesting to see that my blogging friends whom I have never met physically have been to the same exact places I have been. I read Expatraveler’s blog all the time and it makes me realize this world is much smaller than we think it is.

Another friend of mine, Sissi, posted photos on her blog that she had taken during her trip to St. Imier right after I had been there. Her photos are just beautiful. Sissi and I haven’t met YET in person but will soon. She recently moved to Switzerland from France and I am happy to have a friend close by.

Bern, Switzerland
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Switzerland has the most fabulous fountains.

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To see all my flickr photos of Bern click here.

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  • Global Librarian May 30, 2008, 4:10 pm

    Skip the bear pits. They’re pretty depressing. You look down into a cement hole at a couple of bears whose only source of interest is in whether the tourists are going to throw food down at them. They don’t have enough room to lead a life which could even remotely resemble what their lives could be in the wild. Or a mediocre zoo.

    As you may be able to tell, I do not find that aspect of Bern even a little bit charming.

  • Scribetrotter May 30, 2008, 4:49 pm

    Now, about the evils of forcing children to learn a third language…

    I was brought up in Turkish and French. My father moved countries every few years, and my parents’ policy was to place me in a local school, to learn the local language.

    We lived in Spain for several years, and I remember as a small child using a dictionary to translate arithmetic problems just so I could do them. The only part I disliked is that it took me a bit longer to do my homework (only for a few months – after which I no longer needed the dictionary).

    Parents agonize over kids’ languages – kids don’t. I didn’t even realize I was learning a new language or going through any kind of hardship. A child’s natural state is one of learning.

    So then we moved to Iran, where I learned Iranian. Along the way I also learned Italian and Portuguese. I learned English too – as I reached my teens. Do I sound like a foreigner? I doubt it.

    And that’s all because by the time I reached my teens, I was so accustomed to foreign languages that they didn’t intimidate me in the least. Learn a language? Sure. Now tell me something interesting.

    If there’s ONE thing I thank my parents for every day, it’s having had the foresight to turn me into a polyglot. Oh yes, I almost forgot, I did live in Bangkok for a couple of years, and yes, I did learn Thai… :-)

  • sissi May 30, 2008, 11:39 pm

    Hi!

    It looks pretty. Nice pics! They make me want to visit
    The 7th picture is great
    How long does it take you by train to go to Bern?
    How much is the fare?

    You are such a great source of information on places to visit. I don’t even search the web for things to do, I mostly come here and “copycat” your family outing!

    I think you should not be scared of a third language, it could be a gift for your kids, they are like sponge especially at their young age.

  • expatraveler May 31, 2008, 4:11 am

    Ah Pumpkin. ;-)

    Oh yes I saw the photo and said hey I took that photo in that spot too and then I read onward… My clock photo is somewhat the same too!

    And being closer to bern? Well maybe Bienne/Biel would be a compromise??? I think Bienne has both Jura and city aspects. I generally love the area and loved my visit in March!

    Lovely photos you are showing and yes it is a small world.. Oh how I long to live there though!

  • Pumpkin May 31, 2008, 9:04 pm

    Global librarian,
    I read that about the bears and was wondering about that. I did read that there was going to be something built so that the bears could swim and fish in the river but it is still so sad to see caged animals like that.

    Scribetrotter,
    WOW! I would be very happy if my kids could learn half the languages you have.

    Sissi,
    We have the half price card which we bought earlier this year. Now, we only pay half the cost of the original ticket. Bern is around 25 francs with the card and about 2 1/2 hours to get there. We don’t have a car and we spend much less on the train tickets than we would on gas and insurance for a car. The half price card saves us tons of cash. :)

  • Pumpkin May 31, 2008, 9:06 pm

    Expatraveler,
    Vilay and I do like that area as well. We looked into moving there and the city does seem to be full of families.

    I wish you could move here, too!!! :)

  • Caffienated Cowgirl June 2, 2008, 7:48 am

    Okay, so we’ve been trying to think of where to go in Switzerland…and now I am thinking Bern is a good choice. What a beautiful place!

  • Pumpkin June 2, 2008, 9:04 am

    Caffienated Cowgirl,
    You may like Lausanne better as a tourist. It is where my husband wants to live and I wouldn’t mind living there as well. The lakes are super beautiful with the Alpes just behind. :)

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