The modern scrapbook: Follow the adventures of an American girl, living in Switzerland for almost three years, and her wild Swiss friends in her quest for the quintessential Swiss experience (and a few American ones).

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Gurtenfest 2007!!!

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the world famous GURTENFESTIVAL!!!!!

What, may you ask, is the world-famous Gurtenfestival? It's a festival that takes place once a year on a hill in Bern, and it seems that if you are from Bern, and you haven't been to the Gurtenfestival, there is something seriously wrong with you, you are probably not any fun. So, I was invited by K, my soon-to-be roommate, along with A and another A. A grew up with K--it seems that the Bernese are very good at keeping life-long friendships, and we went Friday evening.

The weather forecast was not very promising, although everyone (including E, who, being from Bern, goes every year) assured me that it never rains at the Gurtenfest. Yet, as we stepped off the bus, it promptly began to rain. We quickly ducked under an umbrella (in vain, as it turned out--the umbrella merely slowed down the rain). Anyway, that was the story of the evening--ducking into a tent with a lot of
incredibly inebriated music fans, going back out as it let up, and ducking back in again.

Nonetheless, we had a great time. K and Bernese A were constantly running into people they see every year at the festival, we ate some excellent Indian food, found some funky t-shirts, and it did dry off enough to see Lunik, a Swiss pop band, and the Scissor Sisters, both of whom were really great.

The girls said, "What bad luck!! It never rains at the Gurtenfestival!!" But it didn't matter so much--we still had an excellent time. My only regret is that I don't have a picture of us soaked to the bone!!



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