Trip Start Apr 25, 2012
Trip End Oct 10, 2012

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Flag of Switzerland  , Zurich,
Sunday, August 19, 2012

I arrived in Zurich, Switzerland after an 8 hour train from Brussels which was thankfully quite comfortable (I also bought a sandwich in Luxembourg... Can I say I've been to Luxembourg now?). My tennis host Adrian kindly met me at the station and we walked to his apartment which is in a great location in the centre of Zurich. We went for a beer at a local riverside pub which was atmospheric.

Thursday I walked around the old town of Zurich. You can tell it is a very affluent place with a high standard of living, and unfortunately very expensive (the equivalent of 35 AUD for a simple men's haircut). I chanced upon giant chessboards but there was too big a queue of scholarly old men waiting to play. For dinner I met Gavin and his host Florian for dinner then we went to the registration party. The swiss are very friendly, but their German is very hard to understand!

Friday I went to tennis relaxed and finally ended my losing streak winning against a German guy. After the match I went to the nearby bridge and jumped into the river which was really nice and clean and cool. You float downstream until you reach a rope and pull yourself out. Later doubles was also successful with Gavin and I coming back from 5-0 down in the first set to win 7-6 6-4.

Next day I played the qtr final in singles in really hot weather and I was mostly satisfied despite losing 6-4 6-3. It was an exhausting match where almost every game went to deuce (and one with at least 15 deuces, no exaggeration), but Jon my english opponent won the important points. I jumped in the river again, then Gavin and I crashed in the doubles, which wasn't entirely a bad thing as it gave me sunday free. In the evening we went to a nice lake side venue for the dinner and tennis party which was fun and interesting as always.

Adrian had suggested that I go to Lucerne when I first arrived so Sunday I got up early and took a train there. I signed up for the golden round trip which included a 90 minute cruise, a 30 minute incline train ride to the alps (Mt Pilatus) then a 30 minute cable back down to Lucerne. As the photos indicate it was amazing and on top of the mountain you could walk around and go through tunnels.

I then walked around the town of Lucerne before taking a train back to Zurich where I had a final gin and tonic with Adrian before heading to London tomorrow. Switzerland was great!
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mum x on

Glad your tennis games are more relaxed and positive Matt. Wonderful and breathtaking natural views. Keep enjoying and appreciating all your experiences.

hobi on

I love Lucern, my favourite town in Switzerland, and the Lake Lucern ( in swiss german: " Vierwaldstättersee ") and the fantastic alpine scenerie is so beautifull to see on ya pics again. Glad you like it and you were doing this trip after relaxed tennis matches :-)

Danielle on

I'm glad you enjoyed Switzerland. I loved it - Interlaken was my favourite although I agree with Hobi that Lucerne is just beautiful. Great pics Matt, you're looking really well. X
PS Ethan is turning into the Rainman of geography - he knows all the countries and their anthems and their flags, and knows populations stats etc. Sound familiar? :)

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