Blogs from Lugano, South-East, Switzerland, Europe - page 3


Europe » Switzerland » South-East » Lugano February 6th 2010

Sergio planned a day in the northern Italian lake towns and at a chocolate factory in Switzerland with me, Kuba, and (another) Anna visiting from Poland. I was a bit concerned about the weather as we left - it was dark and foggy and it felt like it was going to rain all day - but as soon as we got outside of Milan, skies were blue and beautiful! First stop, Porto Ceresio to walk around by the lake and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful views! I can already see why Milanese leave the city each weekend - the clean air put me in a great mood right away. We continued on to nearby Lugano, finding that some roads were closed along the way. A tip to be able to drive straight on through the ... read more
Eremo di S. Caterina
Lago di Lugano
At the Chocolate Factory

Europe » Switzerland » South-East » Lugano October 19th 2009

On the road...again! She ducked and dodged, watchful, eyes alert, dark black. Studying, waiting, learning... Then, the light changed, the look was another. She knew. She was ready. Uh oh, time to get out of here! Too late. She weaved like a cobra, hypnotic She was coiled and poised to strike One, two, three, you were hit by a tree! Full speed, different angles, no chance! She is small, she is light, she is clear-faced and bright-eyed, fast and furious, sweet and shy. She is Sonia, from a small fishing village called Chapora, Goa. She is the World Boxing Champion. All this happens nightly in the simple gym, simple work, not simple results...Go Tigers! As I nurse my bruises, I relive the past year, a year of intense activity, no real time or inspiration to continue ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-East » Lugano September 20th 2009

Das letzte August-Wochenende im Tessin...... read more
Essen in einer "Grotto"
Luganer See

Europe » Switzerland » South-East » Lugano July 3rd 2009

We arrived in Lugano two days ago, and it feels like another country! The atmosphere has a totally different vibe to it that is almost more energetic and unpredictable. It is amazing the difference that exists between two cities in Switzerland that are the same distance apart as Houston and San Antonio, two cities in just Texas. They speak Italian here, so we were fumbling to exchange 'mercis' for 'grazzis' as we tried to adjust. It came as a shock to experience a renewed language barrier so suddenly, when I didn't feel so separated from where we began. We were just a train ride away from Geneva! The afternoon we arrived, I walked into a restaurant expecting to be understood and quickly realized this was going to take some heightened communication skills. I loved the Italian ... read more
View down the street
Lugano at night

Europe » Switzerland » South-East » Lugano April 6th 2009

First up onto the Bernina Express form St Moritz to Tirano in Italy. Spectacular scenery on this 2 1/2 hour ride through the Bernina Pass. Lunch stop in Tirano, wandering the small alley ways. Then back on to the coach travelling down the west coast of Lake Como, and a stroll along the shores of this beautiful Italian Lake. Passed the places Mussolini was captured and executed at the end of the war. Then back into Switzerland and finally to Lugano, with a Mediterranean climate, quite different to the snow we have been in. A cruise on Lake Lugano, before tea on the opposite shore. Then a cruise back to see the city lights. The worst of the hotels so far, has a vernicular car running through the centre of the hotel up to the railway ... read more
Bernina Express
Bernina Express
Bernina Express

Europe » Switzerland » South-East » Lugano November 11th 2008

035 - Switzerland - Lugano 11/12/08 - 11/22/08 Banking with the Brooks in the land of chocolate watches Okay, the title is misleading since we didn't really do any banking, eat any chocolate, or buy any watches... but we did hang out with our friends Jane and Darren Brooks, and newly born Matthew, a.k.a. 'Lil' Baby Nug', in scenic Lugano, Switzerland. First, Hannah and I flew into Milan and unanimously decided that Italy IS our favorite European country. People are what make a place for us, and Italians are the type of people we love: friendly, warm, grateful, and with an exubarance for life that is unique from other European countries we've been to. We only spent a couple of days in Milan but here are some photo highlights: click here. Lugano is a short hop ... read more
Darren and Matthew "Lil' Baby Nug" Brooks
Jane and Darren
At the 'Goldeneye' dam

Europe » Switzerland » South-East » Lugano September 9th 2008

Ciao Gente, sono tornato a casa sano e salvo (mia madre che gridava: ce le hai ancora tutte e due le gambe?) Mi spiace non essermi fatto sentire ma ho avuto un po' di cazzi miei sentimentali. Foto non ne ho per il momento, ho dimenticato la pennetta in Brasile...figata eh? Tutte le foto che avevo fatto sono li, a parte quella della duna su feisbuc e quelle che mandai all'inizio. Dovrebbero spedirmela...speriamo. Sono riuscito a rompere ennesimamente la mia quasi nuova macchina fotografica, a due settimane dalla fine. Dovrebbe essere ancora in garanzia, senno vado avanti solo di usaegetta, oppure mi compro una Lomo, sembrano più robuste. Domani si parte con l'organizzazione Madrid. Fatemi in bocca al lupo, sono ancora senza un tetto e lunedi inizio a lavorare. Farmacista senzatetto... Baci a tutti.... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-East » Lugano August 28th 2008

Hey guys, To summarize the past week....well. lets start in houston: well i arrived smooth and sound. Saw some almost scarrily accurate texan steriotypes all discussed in the last post. So i pass through as quickly as possible. I get to my assigned gate and wait...wait... and wait. turns out the sign is labeled mexico city. I fugure it will swich. It never does. I miss my flight to newyork. go to customer service. they send me to a gate on the furthest corner of the airport. with 10 mins till departure... so i sprint through crowds of large southernly accented men with cowboy hats WAY bigger then god intended. But luckily i barely made it. Flight lands in luguardia. so more dippage to find a shuttle to JFK. When i get to JFK I'm greeted ... read more
top of waterfall
jumpin off the bridge

Europe » Switzerland » South-East » Lugano August 24th 2008

How yowl doing? Splendid I trust. We are still in the land of cheese, chocolate, watches, clocks and pretty red army knives with white crosses on them. Today was hot again. I went for a swim in the lake by our camp site this morning and completely dried out in about 40mins, shorts and all. We decided that we should spend some time doing washing, drying washing, sorting photos and updating our blog which was about 5 days behind as we have a free hot spot at this camping ground. Wonderful!! However, by the time we did all that it was 3pm and we were planning on doing some sightseeing today too. But never fear one and all, we still went anyway. We pilled in to our trusty focus and roared off into the midday heat. ... read more
A Lane in Lugano
Daniel & wine

Europe » Switzerland » South-East » Lugano August 20th 2008

Hello all from Switzerland somewhere near Lugano, even we don’t know exactly where we are - we just followed the camping ground signs! Another travelling day for us today - all the way from Sestri Levanto in Italy to Lugano in Switzerland. We took some of the back roads through Italy to see the country side on our way to Switzerland. The towns are all quite small yet really close together. They have that real Italian feel with a small town, narrow footpaths, clothes hanging from windows and always an old man or two sitting outside watching everything going by! Daniel has decided that the ‘I’ in the Italian number plates must stand for ‘Idiots’ as this is how the Italians drive. They overtake in the dodgiest areas - right by corners or in narrow streets. ... read more
Beach in Italy

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