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Archive for 'Switzerland'

What’s on the menu?

October 12th, 2007

With the rumble of hunger in our bellies, I agreed with SQ that we should stop at the next place we see to get some food and a hot drink too. We have only one heat setting in our bus, you see; it’s cold and it’s always on. To combat this air stream, we were […]

Gotthardpass: Auf weidersan Switzerland!

October 9th, 2007

Even with a faulty-spark, making for an even-more underpowered vehicle than usual, coupled with regular stalling, the Gotthardpass was still one heck of a drive. Hairpin after hairpin with ear-popping changes in altitude. I’m not convinced that Yoko enjoyed the drive as much as I did. Believe it or not, many of these mountains were […]

Luzern: The sixth most visited city

October 5th, 2007

The tourist office blurb proudly claims that Luzern (also writted ‘Lucerne’) is the sixth most visited city. No further qualification is given. I have no idea whether it’s the sixth most visited city in the region, the country, or the world. It seems a little bit strange to me to celebrate coming sixth in something; […]

Three of Four

October 4th, 2007

I can’t believe it. In less than a month we’ve had to replace three out of the four tyres on our bus, Yoko. Earlier this week, we got the handbrake and speedometer fixed. Just after this, the ignition circuit went to poopoo in the rain (we’re expecting to receive the replacement parts tomorrow). Today, I […]

Bern baby, Bern

October 3rd, 2007

Bern is the capital of Switzerland. It isn’t exactly a disco inferno but it does have a relaxed nightlife as Dave and I discovered. We arrived at our campsite in Bern late in the afternoon and, after a quick tea on our gas stove, walked along the river into the city centre. By then night […]

Interlaken: The ogre, the monk and the virgin

October 2nd, 2007

Have you heard the one about the ogre, the monk and the virgin? I got a really good vibe as we neared Interlaken, just as I had before as we approached Lake Geneva (Lac Leman). All my view buttons were pushed: Water, mountains, greenery and people all within the same personal viewfinder. As usual, the […]

Zermatt: The Matterhorn

October 1st, 2007

We only gave ourselves a day to conquer Zermatt, and the famous Matterhorn mountain, on which Toblerone chocolate is fabled to be shaped. In truth, there is quite a lot going on here that [with more money] one could spend a week here, even if not an all-year round skiier. The town itself is a […]

St. Moritz: Yakking in a yoghurt pot

September 28th, 2007

St. Moritz is a lovely resort village. Or so I’m told. Sadly, I spent much of my time swilling-out Squiffy’s previous meals from a catering-sized yoghurt pot, as she suffered a migraine with hyperventilation with [suspected] altitude sickness in the Youth Hostel, which was across the pond from the town. Shame, poor Squiffy — after […]

Glacier Express: The slowest express train in the world

September 27th, 2007

To give Yoko a well deserved rest, we decided to take the twelve hour return-trip from Brig to St. Moritz aboard the Glacier Express — famed for being the slowest express train in the world. This was not going to be a cheap excursion for us: The tickets were 96 CHF each person, each way, […]

Leukerbad: Eye surgery appreciation

September 25th, 2007

Remember my laser eye surgery 6 months ago? Well, many times on this trip I have appreciated the fact that I no longer have to wear glasses or contact lenses, or swap between glasses and sunglasses every time I go in a shop/cafe/etc. Today however, I really appreciated my new eyesight. This morning I was […]