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Carolyn’s Travel Diary

Sunday, 18 May 2008

Location: Zurich and Engelburg, Switzerland

MapWell my minions, it's been a while but I finally ventured out of london again. And this time it was for the wonderful city of Zurich.

I could start by telling you about our first night out, but to be completely honest, the adventure started way before that. In fact, it started before we even landed. Being the extremely clever person that I am, I was playing with the swizzle stick from my cup-a-soup and trying to snap it inside the cup... it didn't snap. Instead it went ricocheting around the plane and landed in some guy's hair. The lady sitting behind me was sprayed with soup and I can almost guarantee that the majority of passengers on that plane HATED me (and my cup-a-soup).

Moving on... Mal and I arrived in Zurich at about 9pm, so we decided it would probably be best to just have a quite couple of drinks and have a full day in town the next day. As most of you know, I am completely incapable of this, and a couple of drinks turned into a 3am return to the hotel after an entire evening on the vodka with a couple of Swiss boys we met in a bar. Hmmm, how does she do it?

The next day in Zurich was awesome - minus the hangovers of course. Mal and I took a lovely stroll along the main road in town and then across to the lake where we enjoyed a rather tasty bowl of Movenpick and soaked up some sun. All in all it was a pretty laxed day and there isn't a lot to report unfortunately.

Saturday is a different story altogether! Mal and I wanted to see a real-life Swiss village, complete with mountains and snow and cattle and everything. So we headed off to Engelberg for the day. We arrived in Engelberg at midday and had 3 hours to look around before we had to return to the bus. 3 hours people! Do you know what's in Engelberg? Sweet f**k all!! However... we did manage to entertain ourselves quite well. The town is based mainly around the monestary and it's cheese factory, so we had a nice lunch consisting mainly of cheese... and then went and visited the monestary - I know, we're so damn unpredictable! On the way back we visited Luzern for an hour and then headed back to Zurich.

And last but not least there was the zoo! We had a bit of trouble getting there, on a count of Mallory remembering zero German and no-one at the train station speaking English, but we managed it eventually. The animals were just your average every-day zoo animals, except for the Marabou Stalk. I read a book last month called 'the Marabou Stalk Nightmares' and I thought the way they described the stalk was horrible... until I saw the real thing. I don't know if any of you ever saw that movie about the cormorant, but this was even more evil. I've put a picture up so you can all have some nightmares of your own. Gee I'm so kind.

And that pretty much sums up Switzerland my dears. There were other bits and bobs along the way but I don't want to bore you with all the little details.

I hope you're all having an amazing time at home or where ever you are in the world. I miss you all like crazy and can't wait to see you all.