I have always wanted to see Switzerland, the land of cheese, chocolate and timepiece, but never got to during my past trips because it meant having to apply for a separate visa. But finally, Switzerland has become a part of the Schengen agreement which means that the country can now be included in the European itinerary without the worries of applying for a separate visa.
However, with such limited time, I had to choose which Swiss cities to see that would be the most affordable, offers the most convenient route and the most sulit. After making numerous searches online, I decided to visit Basel and Zurich since it was the closest to Germany, my take-off point.
I took a train bound for Basel from Cologne early in the morning. I tried to stay awake coz I didn't want to miss seeing the countryside from Germany to Switzerland. But since I was up the whole night till the wee hours, I was very much in need of sleep and I dozed off.
I went out and explored the surroundings, had my currencies changed to Swiss francs and grabbed something to munch on. When it was time, I went back to the hostel and checking in was a breeze. They even gave a free DVD copy on Switzerland and the city map. I was assigned to a room which I shared with four other ladies --- two American teens who just graduated from school, a yoga teacher and a backpacker from the Eastern Europe. There were two double deckers and one bunk bed and I occupied the upper bunk of the double deck. Each bed had its own night lamp, pillow, bed sheet and blanket. There was a huge locker that separates the sleeping quarter from the dining table and a sink with mirror inside the room. The toilet and shower rooms were located on the end of the hallway of every floor shared with the other occupants of the floor.
YMCA Hostel is located at Gempenstrasse 64 in Basel, Switzerland.