On the Precipice

Trip Start May 11, 2009
Trip End Jul 21, 2009

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Flag of Italy  , Lombardy,
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I was woken up early in Milan by the sound of a drunken roommate stumbling into the dormitory at 6 am.

I got up and started updating my moleskin (yes... I know a moleskin is usually a white person thing but I bought one anyways) and as 8 o'clock rolled around I made my way to Central Milan where I hoped to catch a glimpse of the famous Duomo Cathedral. The entrance was free and as I walked inside, I was engulfed in a catacomb-like darkness.

The Gothic architecture is impressive and an unnaturally chilling but solemn wind circulates through the whole church. Pictures were no allowed so unfortunately I will not be able to weave photos into this blog later. I then made a quick stop by the Milan Futbol stadium. The team is supposed to play in Milan ao Saturday and I hoped that I would catch a glimpse of the practice. Unfortunately the stadium was empty, but I have to say that the scale of it puts even Citifield or Yankees Stadium to shame.

This afternoon I traveled to Bern, Switzerland where I am relaxing and doing laundry before my flight out of Zurich Airport in the morning. I spent some time walking around the relatively deserted streets of Bern. I even considered renting a bike to get around the city (but I had forgot my ID in the hostel).

I made it a point to go see the Bern Central Clock Tower, which was finely carved and brightly painted. As I moved a little bit east, I came to the Aire River and watched the sunset in the distance. The river is sunken in a deep valley and the city had installed a series of hydroelectric power plants along the river basin. I stopped for a while to watch some locals play a game of table tennis in the park. Afterwards I had a bag of Ramen noodles for dinner and went to bed.

I will write my next entry in a couple days from a surprising and exciting destination... Nairobi, Kenya!
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