Hello again - Thanks for taking your time to visit
Welcome to yet another journal entry devoted to my current worldly travels This is update Number 8. How many updates will there be, you ask? .... I don't know.... I just don't know
This journal Entry marks the end of my access to regular internet access.... I guess you may have already noticed a large decline in commenting and such. While I'm on the road, I will not be commenting at all, but will answer questions and such.
As some of you may know, I'm off to Belgium and Holland on the 2nd of August, but more about that later I'm a stern believer in order, structure and discipline as such, I shall first recap what has happened over the last couple of weeks. This also gives me a great opportunity to use some red, green, blue and purple bullets
Those of you inclined towards the enjoyment of Motor-sport (mainly in the form of motorcycles) might have a passing interest in the following - I had the pleasure of visiting the new Suter Racing development centre here in Switzerland.
They produce high-performance components for the Suzuki and Kawasaki teams in the Motorcycle GP (the motorcycle equivalent of Formula 1). They also perform stress tests and other diagnostic services for new Mercedes Bens and BMW motors that are still in development.
My Uncle/Godfather is friends with one of the people that work there. He gave us a little tour which was certainly interesting. I really should have taken my camera to take some photos of the place
I visited my Uncle Hans-peter again - the photographer - My Aunty, him and I went for a lovely walk though the old town section of 'Zug' which was fantastic. I just love medieval town centres We walked a while, and then found a place to have a coffee. We talked about life and love, discussed photography and music, and I tried to explain to them the rules of "Australian Rules Football" - A video of the game was helpful, but if did feel like a bit of a lost cause I guess you have to watch a season or two to really understand it
My Godfather and I went for a lovely walk in the forest around 'Bremgarten' the river Reuss The forest was fantastic, the paths were scenic, the alcoholic drinks were nice and the company was enthusiastic to show me as much as possible. What impressed me the most was a large gathering of surfers Yes, that's right, surfers It turns out that the river has a little area with a strong current that produces a sort of stationary half-break... Guys and gals where actually surfing on it. I could not help but find the sight of a bunch of Swiss teenagers with surfboards amusing
My Cousin Melanie and her husband invited my godmother, her husband Heinz and I to dinner It was delicious. Luckily, both my cousins (that I see regularly) are great cooks
I got myself a haircut... I hadn't had a haircut in 3 months and was starting to look like this --> :euphoria: I was in for a little shock though. I'm used to paying $15 - $20 for my haircuts back home.... here in Switzerland I had to pay SF52, which is close to $60 I could not believe it, but I guess I am on the other side of the world ... I wonder how much it would cost to get my bikini-line done here I think I'll just leave it for the time being ...I have said too much....
When I first arrived in Switzerland, I told myself that I would ride around the local lake once a day. I planned to do this each morning before doing anything else. Its a 25km stretch, which is certainly enough to increase my fitness Since arriving here 3 months ago, I have kept a count of the number of times I have circled that lake.... at this stage, that count stands at 1 For some reason, my other options of and just seemed more appealing in the morning... I don't know why
Today we hosted a lunch for my cousins husband Ralph's parents and grandparent. It was a rather international affair. Some people from Switzerland, some from Spain, others from Germany and me from Australia. The inclusion of the German folk was welcome, as it allowed me to brush up on some of my German language skills, which are laughable at best... they didn't laugh though... there were, after all - Germans
So there you have it - that was the last week. Now on to current issues...
Tomorrow is the Christening of my Cousin's and her husbands daughter Michelle I have no idea what actually goes on at a christening but there is water involved. From what I can tell, the ceremony looks something like this --> I guess I'll be enlightened tomorrow.
Tomorrow (1st of August) also happens to be the Swiss National Holiday. There will be and What more could one ask for ...well, truth be told, there will also be and (and maybe a or two) ...you get the idea....
Travel Issues and News
As mentioned prior, I am off to Belgium and the Netherlands on Monday 2 August
I sat down on Monday to start the official planning of procedures and places. I had originally intended to stay in Brussels upon my arrival there, but plans change. It took me 3 days to read up on all the places I want to visit, and up until now to organise accommodation in the various places
Behold my list of places and dates!!
02.08 - 05.08 --> Belgium - Antwerp
I'm lucky enough to have been offered refuge by *homy during my stay in Antwerp.
He's even picking me up at the airport in Brussels Thanks a lot mate - Your help is greatly appreciated From there, I catch a train to....
05.08 - 06.08 --> Netherlands - Utrecht
I'm still stuck for accommodation here, but I'm hopeful that a roof will present itself for me to sleep under... Such fun Then I catch a train to...
06.08 - 10.08 --> Netherlands - Amsterdam
I managed to find a lovely couple through Stay4Free.com That are hosting me during my time here Then, I train to...
10.08 - 11.08 --> Netherlands - Haarlem
Still looking for a decent place to stay here... I'll probably stay at the 'Stayokay Hostel' if nothing comes up. Then, a train to...
11.08 - 14.08 --> Netherlands - Rotterdam
I'm staying at the 'Stayokay Hostel' - I love hostels... so many interesting people to meet ...but so many jerks too Then, a combination of train and buses to...
14.08 - 15.08 --> Netherlands - Domburg
I'm camping here... somewhere Here I will be renting a bicycle for a few days and riding north. This route will take me close to (and on-top of) the delta project. The 'Delta Project' is the world's largest construction project. It consists of a series of damns and dykes which were built to stop a repeat of the catastrophic floods that hit the country in the early 50's. Construction began in 1956 and was completed in 1998. I'll be riding to....
15.08 - 16.08 --> Netherlands - Westerschouwen
Here I will also be camping, though I might have to ride around a bit to find a place... my sources say that there is a touristic office in the neighbouring town that I may have to ride to... but I hope I don't have to. On the 16th, I ride back to....
16.08 - 17.08 --> Netherlands - Domburg
I'm staying at the 'Stayokay Hostel' during my second, non-consecutive stay here in Domburg. I have to get up early in the next day, so I can ride around the southern part of the half-island (You'll have to look at a map, I guess ). Then, on a bus, I'm off to.....
17.08 - 18.08 --> Netherlands - Middelburg
Once again.. I'm camping somewhere in a spot that is yet to reveal itself to me The next day, I catch a bus to the port town of Vlissingen. From there, a ferry will take me to Breskens. Rumour has it that a bus exists that runs from there to....
18.08 - 20.08 --> Belgium - Brugges
I'm staying at 'Snuffel Sleep-in Hostel'. Come and visit if you like. Well have a beer or two Then, a train to...
20.08 - 22.08 --> Belgium - Ypres
I'm delighted that *donniebrasco will be hosting me during my stay here. He's also willing to show me around his wonderful town and take me to some of the famous (and tragic) WWI battlefields surrounding the area. I also look forward to discussing Tarantino movies with him.... From here, I catch a train to....
22.08 - 25.08 --> Belgium - Ghent
I wonderful guy I met on globalfreeloaders.com is letting me sleep at his place while I am here He certainly sounds like a fun fella, and I look forward to buying him a drink or two for the pleasure of sleeping in his house. From here, I catch a train to....
25.08 - 27.08 --> Belgium - Antwerp
Yes, once again I'm back in Antwerp, and once again *homy is kind enough to offer me accommodation. From here, I'm off (yes, on a train) to...
27.08 - 29.08 --> Belgium - Antwerp
...to stay on a farm with someone I came across on place2stay.net. I'm hoping to do a little manual labour to earn the roof over my head, and perhaps a meal Then, with the same person I was staying on the farm with, I'm off to...
29.08 - 01.09 --> Belgium - Brussels
As stated, I'll be staying here with the same person as I did in the previous town. I must mention at this stage, how much I love these 'free accommodation' websites. Its a fantastic concept and its a great way of meeting interesting people around the world I'm actually looking forward to hosting some travellers myself
01.09 --> Back to Zurich, via London
I guess you'll just have to wait and see what happens after that.... Tracy is arriving on the 02.09, which is the one thing I'm looking forward to, more than anything else
That's it for now folks. Please forgive me for not being able to comment on your work.
Take Care everyone
Previous Journal Entries
The Stage is Set on Apr 16, 2004
Just a little notice on Apr 30, 2004
Travel Update 01 - Singapore/Switzerland on May 7, 2004
Travel Update 02 - Switzerland on May 11, 2004
Travel Update 03 - Switzerland on May 18, 2004
Travel Update 04 - Switzerland on Jun 2, 2004
Travel Update 05 - Switzerland/Germany on Jul 5, 2004
Travel Update 06 - Switzerland on Jul 6, 2004
Travel Update 07 - Switzerland on Jul 22, 2004
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