September 11th

Tuesday September 11th, 1979
Beatenberg, Switzerland
This morning we got up and had breakfast and then left for the day.  The sun was shining very brightly.  We rode buses, trains, and cable cars to see the mountains.  We had lunch on top of a mountain in a revolving restaurant.  It cost us $12.00 each.  A James Bond movie was made in the restaurant.  While in the cable car, we met a lady from Montana.  She commented about our southern accent.  Tonight at the Bible home we had ravioli for supper.  We had to pay 1 and ½ franks for a shower at this place.  After the meals we always sang a song in German.  We kept the same napkin the whole time.  It was put in a folder with our name on it.

Dad always planned a full day of sightseeing in the various countries we visited.  At the time we thought it was some exquisite form of torture but hindsight has softened that opinion.

Buses, trains, and cable cars sounds like a great name for a movie, nope already out under the name “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”.

We did have a neat lunch at the Piz Gloria restaurant and being a Bond fan I got to see some cool memorabilia.

While staying at the Bible home was not poverty it was defiantly not the lap of luxury.  I found it interesting that paying the 1 ½ franks for the shower and singing German songs were recorded in Mom’s diary, however the unspoken tone of those last two sentences said more about the place than any description she could have penned.

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