Journal: Pages 13-14

5th July, Friday: Zermatt - Zürich

Another sunny day for Euro-railing across Switzerland: The celebrated Glacier Express brought me to Brig, where I transferred to another nondescript, efficient run to Bern and Zürich.

As in elsewhere throughout Europe, open-air cafes are ever-popular places to meet, drink beer, munch on a light and inexpensive meal, and to smoke your lungs out. For a fast solo diner such as myself, most of the time is spent inhaling second-hand cigarette smoke whilst waiting for the check.

Hotel Alexander at Niederdorfstraße: a nexus of tourist venues, seedy sex shops and the university one block away from the train station.

Shopping at the fashionable Bahnhofstraße: Zürich's main thoroughfare for shoppers

Mission accomplished (hopefully): I purchased a Longines watch at Sfr 1000 ($700) for my sister.

Other delectable roadside fare: toasted Foccacia sandwich with Provolone and Prosciutto (mmm...), raspberry sorbet -- true Italian delights.

A thunderstorm broke out by sundown, and rain persisted during the following morning.

At 18.00 and 19.00, all the old churches along the River Limmat ring (peal) their bells, creating quite a singular chorus over the din of cars, trams and people.

Switzerland (2002, 2003) 1-2 3-4 5-6 7-8 9-10 11-12 13-14 [Liechtenstein 15] 53 
New Zealand (2002) 16 17-18 19-20 21-22 23-24 25-26 27-28
New Zealand (May-June 2004) 54 55-56 57-58 59-60 61-62 63-64 65 72 
Australia (2004) 66 67-68 69-70 71
New Zealand (November 2004) 73-74 75-76 77-78 79-80 81-82

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