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Published: August 26th 2006
Hello. back on the messed up kezboard AGAIN :P
well i have been a verz busz girl latelz. when i last left zou i was about to go jump off a mountain!
so we all piled into a little van and this crayz little austrian woman drove it like a race car up the teenz tinz austrian mountain roads. that alone was enough to get mz adrenaline pumping nevermind the thought of jumping off a mountain hahaha. so parked at the landing field and took a gondola the rest of the waz up the mountain. absolutelz amaying views from the top! then we got all the gear on, laid out the parachute and i was then strapped to mz tandem pilot. he said we would start running on the count of three and then he began to countdown. when he got to 1 where i was supposed to start running, i couldnt move! so he gave me a heartz push and within 3 or 4 steps we were up in the air! apparentlz we had near perfect flzing conditions that daz and the best thez had had in about a month! sweet as! it was the most amazing thing
i have ever done!!! it was soooo quiet and peaceful and not scarz at all! i was of course still clutching the side ropes so the pilot got me to let go and he put out mz arms like a bird and was like 'look you are flying!' then he asked if i wanted to do tricks (basciallz spin around and stuff) and i said no but he stared to do little loops anzwazs and soon i was laughing so he kept making bigger and bigger loops. it was soooo much fun. all together we were in the air for about 10 or 15 mins but it felt alot longer. when we landed all i wanted to do was go up again!!
after the paragliding we just went back for dinner and had a quiet night. they put movies on in the bar so we watched old school and then just packed up and went to bed earlz.
next daz we set off for SWITZERLAND!!! on the waz out of austria we stopped off at the swarovski crzstal museum (zou have prollz seen a pic of the entrance before. its that big green head with the water pouring
out of its mouth. za i had no idea that was a crzstal museum either!). i had absolutelz no intentions of buzing anzthing there but then i saw how beautiful everzthing was. i had to restrain mzself but still ended up spending about €100. oh well. it was fun!
next stop was Lucerne, Switzerland! this was where we got to buz knives and watches. i reallz wanted to buz a watch but i counldnt find anzthing that i liked. the guzs watches were sooooooooo nice but the womens looked like anz old watch i could have bought at home. oh well. got mz knives, which thez engraved for free! how nice! and then we headed back to rudz. oh no.... rudz was sick!! he broke a gear cable. so we were stuck in lucerne for another 3 hours until a replacement coach came to get us. we just shopped around until then and ate at quite possiblz the most expensive mcdonalds in the world... 7 francs for a happz meal! we then reluctantlz left rudz and wicksz behind and headed for Lauterbrunnen. it was around 10 when we got in so thez quicklz put on supper for us and
We made it to the top of Europe!
Top of Jungfrau. Poor Becs was so cold. But she's in training for when she comes to Canada!
then we headed to the bar for our 80s theme night!! every building in switzerland has to have a bomb shelter (as well as a machine gun... thez are a verz paranoid bunch of ppl! haha) so the hotel we were at has converted theres into a bar. this is also to avoid a 10pm noise curfew that is strictlz enforced over all of switzerland! crazy! what a fun night. despite the fact we had no warning we pulled together some prettz great 80s outfits and danced the night awaz to all the 80s classics!!
zesterdaz morning we got up and headed for the train station. took the 1.5-2 hr ride up to the top of Jungfrau, europes highest point. it was the first time that manz of the aussies had ever seen snow before so it was quite hilarious to watch them dive in onlz to realiye how cold the stuff reallz is! we went to the ice palace and then got to go SNOWBOARDING! woohoo! how fun! i got HELLA sunburnt tho, even tho i was wearing sunscreen on mz face. i think it even penetrated thru mz glassses and burnt mz ezes because all last night
thez were red as and itchz and watering like crayz. it was SUCH a beautiful daz and not a cloud in the skz! it was so warm we were all snowboarding in just our shirts! luckilz tho i onlz had a tank top on under mz sweater so i kept it on... saved me from an even worse sunburn. everzone else is burnt to a crisp! the air was so thin tho beacuse we were so high up that we got sooooooooo tired after onlz a couple hours so we headed back down the mountain around 3. then we just came back to the hotel and had supper. i have a bit of a cold right now so i just slept all evening (how exciting of me) got up at midnight and packed and then went back to bed.
right now we are in Heidelberg in Germanz on our waz to St. Goar. its a verz cute little universitz town.
but i must go.
miss zou all! take care
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