05.07.2012 - 05.07.2012 26 °C
The train arrived only 15 minutes late due to rail work in Germany. We had a wake up call booked for 7AM and after a restless night (especially for me in the top bunk), we were awoken by tapping on the door at 6AM. Surprise, customs and immigration. Arrogant shits, where are you from and where are you going!!!!. No warning of the early wake up visit and still half asleep plus naked (more of a shock to them, I couldn't give a rats arse) it was on the tip of my tongue to ask them how long their training was to ask someone on a non-stop rail trip to Zurich where they are going. I mean, they clearly got on somewhere, who the f...was picking them up and from where. Zurich dick head. Anyway after 22 years Mandy knows me better and she piped in Zurich to save my sorry arse. What was the point of the 7AM wake up call.....f..me.
Anyway the train station in Zurich (didn't see the dick heads get off. OK I'll leave it alone now) was very centrally located and only a short walk to our hotel.
The hotel was very good to mind our luggage until we could check in. They surprised us by saying that we could move into the room in an hour which after the lack of sleep and early wake up...........contained myself with no further comment, we were pretty stuffed.
How best to manage the next few hours, coffee and laundry. Yes nothing better than having a cup of coffee whilst hunting down the near wasch station on the internet.
Two cups later and with the help of a fellow wasch station devotee (waitress) we were able to work out our way to the nearest. Apparently laundromats aren't a common sight in Switzerland and Zurich only has 2. The one nearest to us was about a 30 minute walk and as Mandy had the foresight to pack our dirties on the top of the carry on bag (to protect the baggage handler from the smell) it was easy to begin our trek.
Without a doubt, this was the most scenic journey to the Selbstbedienung wasch haus, which translated means self service washing house. Cool.
Small place the world. Walked into the Selbstbedienung Waschaus and found an Aussie couple on the same waschaus trek. David and Karen are from Wynnum North. Guess where I grew up and went to school. wynnum North; what a small world that they also enjoy travelling laundry treks.
So this journey was easy, they had already done the hard yards in learning the costs, time and heat settings. Our loads were done in quick time and off we went back to our hotel for a shower and sleep. The suite was really a surprise. This was the only part of the trip that I was dubious about from the bookings that I'd made and whilst the hotel is in the middle of town for convenience to the railway, the room is very quiet, clean and large. Perfect, shower then off to sleep for a few hours.
Off to get some money about 3PM so we can eat and be merry. The quality of the stores are very high as are the prices for everything. Two cups of coffee cost us 10 CHF (swiss franc) which is about $12 in ozwaldsquallers.
We have a problem with getting CHF here from our cash card so we are using what little euro we have and credit card. We will survive.
It started to rain about 5PM whilst we were looking for dinner and then a great clap of thunder, just like in summer at home brought forth.
Within a few minutes all hell broke loose and it didn't stop hailing for sometime. We were stuck outside the bank after failing to get any Euro.
In coming to Switzerland the last thing that we expected to witness was a hail storm. In fact I didn't even think they had them here in my ignorance.
Enough of that, with the words "there is no such thing as can't, cold or sharks" ringing in Mandy's ear, it was off to find a schnitzel bar.
We found a place down from our hotel called Grossartig and there I had the worst schnitzel in Zurich. Lucky me it was washed down with the worst beer in the world, Feldschlosschen. Shit me, what did I do to deserve this. Mandy had a few answers.
Tomorrow it's off to Mandy's favourite place, Heidiland. Can't wait and we expect with an 11AM departure to get at least 10 hours sleep tonight.