Day 2 Switzerland

Trip Start Oct 11, 2012
Trip End Oct 25, 2012

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Flag of Switzerland  , Basel-Stadt,
Thursday, October 18, 2012

We were up at 445am after a ton of tossing and turning. Apparently you should not eat a bazillion of calories before bed or after 9 pm. Amanda is off and headed back to the USA. She went to the airport and Marlin escorted her in while I waited with the car. Thanks Amanda for being a great travel partner. I am back in the room getting laundry around and a nap is in my future. What am I going to do today? Well I think I'll start with one of the 100 Shoe stores within walking distance. I also found an apothecary across the street that i am going to go check out. I may attempt the pool again. Yikes!!
Well plans got a bit delayed. The laundry was picked up and the next think I know it is 1030 am. Yep little morning nap! I did some hand washing in the sink and decided to get ready for the day. I left the Hotel about 11 and walked through the business district and old town. Once again headed up by Münster and found a great pretzel sandwich shop. I then headed to the water. The Rhine river is amazing. I walked the bridge to the other side and claimed a seat in one of the steps headed down to the water. I must have stayed over an hour. I enjoyed my sandwich and sparkling water and read a book. Wonder what everyone else is doing ;) I watched this cutie little Swiss girl feed the ducks and bird her lunch. She was talking to them and naming them. I had a moment to which I Thanked Herr Parrish for the 3 good years of German. I am still a bit rusty but I am getting by.
I walked back towards the marketplace and found this shop unveiling is....wait for it.... CHRISTMAS TREES!! I had to go in. I bought a couple ornaments and was in the merry mood!!! I then found a couple department stores that were in the same merry mood. I think I spent 2 hrs walking around. I am ready for Clark Griswold like lights and ornaments!! I know I need to get through Halloween first but watch out!!!!
I wandered through some other stores that ranged in mini, small and thigh size clothing. Really helped that body image! Lets be serious I am not here to shop for shoes....that is another story. I don't think I told you how nice it was today. I wore clothing that was comfortable and I needed shorts! It was beautiful and warm. I got a little wind burnt from my time by the river. I also got wind whipped when I decided to follow the steeple. Word to the wise. They all look the same. Next thing I knew I was in the financial district with people wearing suits that cost more than my education. I found the sign that lead me to the train station. When I finally made it back I was thinking twice about the large travel book on Switzerland that I bought. At least I got a work out. I came back to the hotel and talked to my family. Marlin came back from work and we went for a walk and had dinner at papa joe's. I was in need of a salad and maybe a beer. We sat at a small table with 2 people on either side that were in our Space. We both ate as fast as we could and left. Sad to be sweating while you eat!!!
I cannot believe that I have another week here! I am a lucky girl. I am looking forward to spending time with Marlin and seeing all this country has to offer!!
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