Trip Start Apr 05, 2006
13Trip End Apr 17, 2006
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Because of the holiday weekend, the island was fairly crowded. Near the entrance are several small playgrounds and a large train set, where many families lingered. All the times we've been away from Zurich, however, we have yet to encounter any Americans. We are far off the tourist path.
We toured the grounds as well as the butterfly house and the orchid greenhouse
Late afternoon, we decided to stay in Germany and visit a public bath further away from the border. We drove down a winding road - the German countryside has rolling hills like Switzerland, but lower. This area was not at the foothills of mountains. Bad (bath) Salgau was even farther from the tourist track, only Germans. It didn't accept credit cards, so an ATM trip was necessary because the only cash we had was Swiss francs.
We visited the "textilfrei" zone (yes, a cognate, use your imagination), where I only lasted about seven minutes in the Finnish saunas. I also opted not to jump in the icy cold bath afterwards - I stayed in the lukewarm bath after Oliver, Rhonda, and Craig had the icy dip and then walked outside. We lingered by a fireplace until the bath closed at 10pm, then returned to Zurich late, where we tumbled into bed.