Category Archives: Switzerland

A Thousand Words

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^ my new camera

inter-railing

^ Sophie and I book our first flights for the Inter-Rail trip… the adventure begins!

climbing

^ Sophie Jones trying her best to defeat the climbing wall’s toughest feature… the rock boob!

charlotte's 21st

^ Julie gets hungry at Charlotte’s 21st Birthday party

bus

^ Charlotte and I waiting for the bus :)

port

^ Graeme and Mum get acquainted with Victoria’s bottle of port

view

^ Switzerland never fails to deliver stunning views

dolci

^ literally translates to “dessert buffet”, or as we say in England “heaven”

train

^ A weekend in Switzerland turns into a day in Milan!

piazza

^ Merely 3 hours after sitting at the breakfast table wondering what to do, here we are at the Duomo!

view

^ The view (courtesy of Hywel’s iPhone)

life

^ Life. It doesn’t get any better than this.

balcony day

^ On Sunday Hywel and I relaxed on the balcony with a few beers

balcony night

^ Until sunset and beyond

night

^ Lugano at night

mmmmmmmm

^ Dad’s birthday party in the church. ‘M’ theme resulted in everything: Maps, Morris dancer, Magician and Moon-face…

Writers Block

Hi All,

I have a confession to make. I’ve been neglecting this blog like a distraught mother neglects her 2-year-old daughter on a motorway lay-by. And it’s not for a lack of things to say, on the contrary, I’m lacking a sufficient filter to weed out all the awesome stuff so that only the EPIC stuff on real tiger-blood remains!

So, my life is still a dream, and Switzerland, Guildford, London, friends, family and others are still keeping my days going. And in that regard there is nothing to report. I went to Amsterdam a week ago and confirmed that it is indeed a crazy place, full of amazing people and a mental attitude to party! The weekend was brilliant and encompassed everything from chasing a tram on a bike to boat trips and oriental food, pub crawls, museums and much, much more besides….

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You may think this blog is loosing momentum, but to be honest there are only so many times you can say “reality is finally better than my dreams” I know it won’t last, and I know I’m a lucky bastard, but you only live once and if life gives you lemons and all you did was sit there and watch them rot, then you missed out on a fantastic pancake filling!

Next week is another boat trip, this time with my housemates for next year… I’m certain all the compulsory boat banter will ensue! After that the rest of April is set to fly by just as quickly as March with more Switzerland (currently booked up until the 20th May) and a birthday party or two.

Before you know it we’ll be at the end of May! Where is this year going?!

  • Happiness. 11 out of 10 (I honestly can’t fault it)
  • Tiredness. 1 out of 5 (I spent all of Sunday sleeping……)
  • Free Time. 1 out of 5 (if it wasn’t for yesterday’s sleep this would be 0)
  • Last Meal. Pizza! And long may it continue :P
  • Song of the day. Hellogoodbye – Oh, It is love
  • Another Song of the day. Eliza Doolittle – Skinny Genes
  • Thought for the day. “I love my dreams, I wouldn’t change them for the world”
  • What I’m Doing Now. Trying to calm down… this post has way to much enthusiasm for life to be healthy…

Typical amazing week featuring Switzerland

This week was just another great week. I love work, I love life and I love my friends :) I know people don’t generally like to read about how great a time other people are having, I’m not rubbing it in, I just want to be as positive as I can when life gives me the chance… Isn’t that just a quote and a half :P

Sunday.
Said Au Revoir to Cardiff, Jake dropped me off at the station at which point I realised my train left 20 minutes ago. Doesn’t exactly bode well considering I was due in Zurich that evening :S good start. Anyway, I figured this was fine since I was planning on killing an hour in Reading with my work mate anyway, so I’d just have to cancel that and everything would be dandy.

Jake and I, not to shoot a gift horse in the mouth (aside: what kind of sick phrase is that?), took the chance to grab a cheeky pint at the spoons down the road. An extra 40 minutes of banter with Jake never goes a miss!

On the train it was time to listen to some new music my workmate Xav had given me. Joshua Radin is a bit of a legend! Between him, Colbie Collait and my growing love for Paolo Nutini and the hours of standing on a slow packed Sunday train soon whittled away to nothing :)

All this kerfuffle with a later train did make the airport a bit tight, but we (Xav and I, Xav joined me at Reading) made it to the plane and I slept…

We arrived at Zurich about 11pm. And our hotel for the night was the airport! Basically Zurich airport has day rooms that are small rooms at the airport you can get to stay the night in. They’re very convenient since you don’t need to go through security or the passport check! Small rooms and shared showers, and a view of tons of tarmac. But I’m a student, the fact I could get more sleep because I didn’t need to get to the airport was priceless!

Xav and I also went for a midnight walk around the airport. There is something very cool and eerie about an empty airport, in bare feet. Silence except for us, and just lots of empty space…

Monday.
OK, so trying to find somewhere to get a normal breakfast at an airport is harder than it sounds. The choice is coffee or coffee or Burger King. In the end we found somewhere that served pain au chocolate and croissants… They’ll do!

Tuesday.
After a long day at work, you need to get some good eat. On Tuesday we went to a place I’ve mentioned before (the one with the strudel…). This time I moved away from the amazing steak I have been having to …… horse. Filletto du Poledro is possibly the best thing you will ever put in your mouth! If you ever get the chance in your life to eat a horse steak, you won’t regret grabbing the opportunity with both hands (so to speak).

Gotta dash, but I’ll get some more of this written up tonight :) I have pictures AND videos coming up! You lucky lot….

  • Happiness. 9 out of 10
  • Tiredness. 4 out of 5 (early start this morning…)
  • Free Time. 0 out of 5
  • Last Meal. Just had/having a Swiss yoghurt for breakfast
  • Song of the day. Avenged Sevenfold – A Little Piece Of Heaven
  • Thought for the day. Gutted I don’t have another hour to finish this post, lots o’ good news!
  • What I’m Doing Now. Eating breakfast watching the sun rise over the Swiss Alps.