Clouds & silver linings
09.10.2015 - 10.10.2015 19 °C
Well, ain’t life interesting? Uneventful flights from Auckland to Hong Kong, then on to Zurich. I did manage to get a few winks in the 12 hours or so to Zurich, and it was a night flight so that worked out OK. Still pretty whacked when we got to Zurich though. I had a couple of hours before my flight to Florence, so checked out some of the shops in the airport, including Swatch & Springli – and yes, I bought a Swatch watch & a pack of the Truffes du Jour (Truffles of the Day), which I’m going to have to eat very slowly since they cost an absolute bomb! As a matter of fact, I just had the first one, and it was definitely amazing (thanks Kate for the recommendation)!
From here it gets a little more interesting... getting close to boarding time so I head for the departure gate, check the board and… lo & behold, the flight to Florence is cancelled because of bad weather at the destination!! I join the long slow queue to sort out what to do from there, and some 45 mins later they announce that because the next flight to Florence isn’t until the evening, they will put us on a train if we want. Didn’t take me long to decide this was better than taking a chance that the evening flight would also be cancelled, and besides, I thought a train ride through the Swiss countryside – and then Italy, via Milan, would be a lovely way to relax a bit. Things got a bit stressful when my train to Zurich central got there 10 mins late, giving me just 5 mins to get to platform 8 from platform 14 to change trains, but I made it with a couple of minutes to spare.
And it was indeed a lovely way to spend the day – way better than sitting in the airport! For the first part of the journey the cloud was very low, so it was pretty grey, as you can see – though still very pretty, and very Swiss!
I listened but didn’t hear any yodelling (sorry, that's a Dad joke!).
As we got closer to Italy the sun came out & we were treated to some lovely scenery – lakes, babbling streams, hills & mountains – and even some snow.
Oh, George! Come out, come out wherever you are!! (or should that be "como out" tee hee)
I really enjoyed this unexpected windfall - never thought I'd get to see any of Switzerland really, and even though the weather wasn't the greatest it was moody and lovely with the autumn colours starting to come out.
We did have to change trains a few times, but that just added interest. We’d even managed to get booked on first class in the Frecciarossa, the fast train – which was very nice indeed! Man, that thing hikes along!! It goes up to 300kph, which I thought was quite a conservative figure considering how fast I thought we were going. Didn’t even slow down for the tunnels either! The little blue lights that are interspersed inside the tunnels through the Appenines were just lines outside the windows, not dots – as if someone was firing a Star Trek phaser.
Got a taxi to my apartment from the train station, and I think I’ll be very happy here. It’s one bedroom, but plenty of room.
The street where I live - view from my door
I was veeerrry happy to jump in the shower – some 40 hours or so after I left home on Friday morning! Just had dinner – an underwhelming tortellini that tasted like old socks because of the sheer amount of porcini & weird cheese. I suspect I will be heading to bed shortly for a very long night’s sleep!! No particular plans for tomorrow yet, so who knows what will happen?