Trip Start Apr 25, 2012
45Trip End Oct 10, 2012
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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!