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The Einstein Museum And Work Delayed

The view of Bern from atop a cathedral spire

 

I used my second full day in Bern to check out the Einstein Museum in the southern part of town. Along the way, I climbed up the cathedral spire as Stefan suggested for a great view of the city. The snow, which he said was unusual for the region, turned the environment into my image of a winter wonderland. If there weren't so many clouds, I would've been able to see the Alps.

 

Entrance to Einstein Museum

 

The Einstein Museum was developed from what was to be a temporary exhibit. It was a relaxing and peaceful way to spend an hour, though I don't know that I learned anything new about the man. And I certainly didn't develop a better grasp of his groundbreaking theories, despite the animated video lessons.

 

A view toward Bern's historic city center

 

I returned to Stefan's apartment, though he was still hanging around with a friend at an indoor climbing wall. When they got back, we had a bite to eat, and I was invited out for a drink. Neither of them were particularly keen to go to work Monday morning. I was feeling tired so I initially declined. Mike, Stefan's friend, then offered to buy me a drink and I did not protest his generosity. Stefan said he normally rode a bike everywhere, so he lent me one and we pedaled back to the center of town where we dismounted outside one of the most upscale restaurants/lounges in the city. It seems we were going out for more than just a beer.

 

Inside the exclusive Kornhaus Keller

 

Kornhaus Keller was the name of the centuries old, underground building we entered. We found the only available set of leather seats back by the cigar room. I declined Jameson in favor of a drink I would actually enjoy, a Bombay Sapphire gin and tonic.

 

Stefan (left) and Mike puff up a storm

 

Going for broke, Mike suggested cigars, though I declined them as well in favor of a few puffs from Stefan's. They chose the cheapest ones on offer, at $9 apiece, or about half the cost of my drink. An hour or two were passed in the dim light of the exclusive haunt before Stefan and I returned to his apartment. I thanked him for everything, and retired in the comfort of one of his six roommate's beds. He was set to begin a new job in the morning, while I intended to sleep late, and catch a train to Interlaken.

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Uptake Suz

Monday 26th of January 2009

I especially love the picture of the river and the chapel! Snow makes everything just so magical... so long as you don't have to shovel it. :razz:

Uptake Suz

Monday 26th of January 2009

I especially love the picture of the river and the chapel! Snow makes everything just so magical... so long as you don't have to shovel it. :razz:

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