A long trip

Trip Start May 04, 2010
Trip End May 16, 2010

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We arrived at our friend Dan's house in Zug with little difficulty and little sleep.

Flag of Switzerland  , Zug,
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

This is Peter's first trip to Europe and my second. It was a very long flight and we don't sleep on planes. Who can sleep with all the coughing! :( We arrived at 8:30, took the train into Zurich and from Zurich to Zug, and then got on the wrong train, going back to Zurich. We got some advice from very friendly ladies on the train who showed us how to get back to Zug. No more trains for us today - we taxied to the house about 10:30.

The trains really are amazing. They are so very quiet, both inside and out. The train runs immediately in front of the house but is so unobtrusive. 

I knew we would be exhausted so our first day was going to be hanging out around the house and resting. Actually, it was figuring out how the house works (next post). About 4 pm we decided to find the train stop and the bus stop so we'd know how to get about the next day. It was a lovely walk in the drizzle. We passed cows grazing in fields next to the high rises, and long-haired sheep and their little black lambs

Everything is blooming here. Every view is a gorgeous vista of color, even without the sun. Everything is green - with pink and lavender, purple and yellow. 

We walked down to the lake, evidently on a private road (cringe). We walked into town and found a grocery store and enjoyed ourselves shopping. We think it is very civilized that the cashier can sit down. Why can't American cashiers sit down? 

 Of course when we left the shop it was raining significantly. Peter had a waterproof jacket but I was wearing a sweater and woolen clogs. We avoided breaking the law any more and took the longer, public walk home. I was soaked - and very thankful for heated towel racks to dry my clothes. 

We enjoyed watching American TV shows in Swiss. Hm, interesting. On house, at the end of every character's sentence, they switch to a view of another character so you don't see that in the actor has actually finished talking but in Swiss German they are still speaking. I tried to catch the characters talking when they weren't but never did. The camera always, always panned away before the end of a sentence. 

A money-saving idea: I note that I take shorter showers when I have to hold the shower head. 
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