So I decided to head to Zurich for a day trip and I was so glad I did it! Zurich is really stunning and although the scenery is stunning, loads of green hills and on a massive lake and the houses and shops look like little cabins, it is also ultra chic, or thats the way i found it.
it was a beautiful day so it was cool to walk round for ages, walked along what i would call Zurichs equivalent of "Central Park" cos it was right at the city centre, but was so green and quiet and sooo many people jogging, cycling and skateboarding. very cool. the people looked great, so well groomed, but some ladies looked to thin...bordering anorexic i would say; or maybe its just those strange few who decide to run in the heat of mid-day, iv never been able to understand those weirdos!
dad...this ones for you = i saw this guy who totally reminded me of you in about 10 years time! he was all by himself out in the park, basking in the sun on a chais long (dont know how to spell it) and he was a bit saggy but all he was wearing was this little speedo!!! and every so often, looking a little eccentric, he would hop up and do a little dance in the open, cold public showers! what a funny old dude...reminded me of you dad!!
then after walking for hours, headed back and walked along the rheine in basel, stunning too. just chilled out with all the other baselian people (yes, i just made that up) along the banks of the rheine. very cool.
so unfortunately the backpackers was a bit lonely. filled with bloody school kids and no backpackers, only people on work conferences (what places do they work for where they cant even afford a simple hotel). english was peoples fourth language or so, so having a conversation was sometimes a bit limiting. heading off to germanys black forest so hopefully will get some more conversation going!
i have to say that although my collar bones are so tender from my backpack straps, my hips are aching, my legs are stiff and my feet hurt....im absolutely loving backpacking again! i am feeling much less stressed, frustrated, irritable, anxious, paranoid, etc etc. and feeling much more chilled out and relaxed and enjoying having fun!! i dont think i realised how stressful it is to pack up and leave a country...i would suggest you try and avoid it like the plague if at all possible!
will upload photos soon...promise.
and to the Glasgow yorkhill ladies...hope the morning tea was great fun and you raised stacks of cash