Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
Trip End Apr 10, 2011

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Flag of Switzerland  , Lucerne,
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

These last couple of days were bittersweet as they are the last days we get to spend all together before that family flys away.
We re-entered Switzerland and came hours later to lake Luzern after a short intermission in Engelberg (which was like a snow resort ghost town).

Luzern though, is the 5th most visited place in Europe and the parking situation was testimony to that. We got the family painlessly to their hotel in old town which was so stunning and had glorious views of the lake and channel, but mostly, of the famous Chapel Bridge.

That evening we dined in the infamous restaurant where Loren and Sandra had done their best to dishonor as they went there the year before. Fate had it that night that all the other eateries were packed in because of the rain, and like a terrible gravity, we ended up in the very place they feared.
It was like a theme restaurant for all things Swiss, which included a show that featured yodeling, glass bottle music, broom percussion, cow bells, swiss dancing and a cocaine fed cow suit that ran around licking people. We all encouraged it to lick Jasmin, which it did, which was awesome.
Later her and the rest of the family boycotted Joel when the stage was calling for volunteers which had him painfully drag himself up to yodel in front of the hundreds of rowdy spectators. The crowd amazingly applauded for the little Australian boy and after the yodeling they lined up dozens of pints of beer in order to have a sculling contest. The Australian boy got to shine again. Beer sculling is like a national inheritance. A random American later said to Loren "Your boy sure can put 'em down!". Joel has never felt more Australian than at that moment. The family was shocked.

We found our own little park down town where we spent the night. It seemed safe enough until we arose to find a parking fine attached to our windshield. 40 Francs?! No thanks! We drove away in a huff to look for a better safer spot only to find that practically the whole city had a 3 hour cap on parking. It was a nightmare. And as for the parking fine? They are not touching our money! Dirty pirates!

We finally did get Bigwig to a 10 hour haven where after we all met up to enjoy the big Lion monument and the rest of the old town. Rain flew over again to ruin the picnic but it allowed the party to split up and the girls went away to the hotel, and the boys went to go get train tickets (the following morning they left for Zurich air port). Rain thickened and the boy were forced into a pub where they spent quality time doing the “pub thing” (non alc. Right Loren?).
At the other end the girls got to spend QT and when we all were united in the room where it seemed fitting to just order room service and enjoy each other's company while we still had the time. (which included watching the german dubbed ‘my super ex-girlfriend’).

Jena and Joel then got to enjoy an awesome 45 minute walk to our distant carpark in the pouring rain.
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