Published: April 24th 2010April 22nd 2010
On day 26 we managed to get up a bit earlier than the day before, but it was still 11am before we left the hotel.
We caught a train out to the Rhine Falls and enjoyed the countryside on the way out there.
It is just so green everywhere! This is still a novelty for us, and we really enjoyed looking at all the big hills and the cool houses.
We arrived at the Rhine Falls station and almost died when we saw how far we had to walk to get to the top and buy our tickets (well, I almost died, I'm sure Danny was fine and didn't even flinch). Eventually we made it up there and did some souvenir shopping before buying our tickets and then walking all the way down the hillside with really cool views of the Falls the whole way. Part way down we noticed a boat dropping people off at the huge rock in the middle of the falls, and I immediately wanted to do this! So when we got down the bottom of the climb, we bought more tickets and got onto the boat. It took about ten minutes for the boat to get
us out to the rock, and we stayed there for about fifteen minutes. It was very squashed with a whole boatload of people up there, but it was a really cool view, and well worth going up there.
We walked (sigh) back up to the elevator and caught it the rest of the way up (hooray!) and went and got a very late lunch.
After lunch we went back to the station and headed to the main station in Zurich to find yet another train to take us up a mountain called Uetliburg, which has views over the whole of Zurich. It took us a while to figure out which train to get (we actually caught one that didn't go all the way there, only to a station about 2 or 3 before the actual Uetliburg station, so we went back to Zurich Hbf) and once we arrived in Uetliburg we hiked to the top, and had a pretty cool view over Zurich. We quickly got bored looking out at far-off buildings and found a pile of ashes from a fire that had been lit the night before. We decided that we wanted to make a fire, so I
bet Danny that he couldn't get a flame in less than five minutes, including the time it took him to gather leaves etc. Unfortunately for me, there were a lot of leaves around and he had enough kindling within about 30 seconds of him starting to gather it, and in 2 minutes flat, despite not having matches or a lighter, he had a nice flame burning.
Manford and I were very impressed.
The excitement of the fire quickly wore off and we headed back down the mountain and spent the whole train ride back with me excitedly planning a camping trip (or "tenting" trip, as Morgana calls it) to go on with our friends when we get back.
We weren't hungry since we hadn't had lunch until about 3, so we ended up doing a bit of packing for the next morning and then falling asleep without any dinner!
For your entertainment (and so you can appreciate how many details I give you about our trip) here is Danny's version of today's blog.
went to the Rhine Falls.
Checked it out
Went on a boat.
Back to Z Hbf
Hiked to the top
Lit a fire with Manfy
Went to sleep
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