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I have stumbled on Meiringen by chance; the initial plan was to stay around Interlaken but there wasn’t much of a choice on Airbnb.
However there were some interesting properties in Meiringen and we settled on the one which was affordable (81 USD per night) and seemed nice.
After retracing our way back to Lucerne train station from the Transport Museum, we still had some time do shopping at the train station’s Coop. Like many places in Europe, the shops are closed on Sundays and only the ones located at airports and train stations are open.
After getting the groceries, we caught the 4.55pm train from Lucerne and would reach Meiringen around 75 minutes later.
The weather was overcast throughout and our decision to skip Pilatus was vindicated.
By the time we reached Meiringen, it was already dark.
I had used Google Maps to locate the apartment earlier in the day so I knew the general direction to head towards. The streets were pretty deserted and only few restaurants were open. The walk from train station to Alpbächli took us around 15 minutes and we had problem finding the unit when we reached the street. Luckily there was a couple who were leaving their house and somewhat pointed us the correct direction.
Michael welcomed us into the house and showed us our room which was located on level 2. We would be spending two nights there.
It was more spartan than our previous accommodation and surprisingly there weren’t any towels provided. The bathroom was big so it was cold. Ying said that it was a bit dirty too. The most interesting thing was probably the shower head which came with funky LED lights.
After resting for a while we decided to use the kitchen to prepare our dinner. While as well-equipped as Gerda’s, the kitchen wasn’t as well-kept.
The house were shared by four guys in their twenties and we nicknamed them the Frat Boys. They spent most of the evenings playing Playstation (Fifa & GTA V) in the living room. It probably explained why the house wasn’t in top condition. We didn’t interact much with them as they seemed to prefer their own company. Perhaps we gave them the same vibe too.
We got more pictures of the apartment and the surrounding area the next morning.
When we gave Michael the souvenir from Singapore on the second day, his reaction was priceless. He kept grinning when we were explaining the different motifs on the plate and ran over to show the other frat boys after that. All of them came over and thanked us for the gift.
Lesson learnt: Always bring a gift for the host!
In all, I thought that it was a basic and affordable (for Switzerland) place to stay for a few nights. Sadly we didn’t really click with the hosts but these things happened.
After-note: It seemed that our host had removed his profile and the property is no longer available for booking. Not sure of the reason though; perhaps it is due to local laws.