Day 14: Geneva/Paris (25 Mar) #1

A/N: The draft for this particular post had been ready for the past week, but I simply had no time to finish it up or to write more, with exams right over the horizon. However, now that I’m stuck awake, sleepless at 2am in the morning due to a particularly aggravating case of an upset stomach,…

Day 13: Geneva (24 Mar) #3

As mentioned in the previous post, I was fairly hungry at this point, and the Taverne de la Madeleine happened to be the one cafe that caught my eye. While coming down from the terrace past the Rue de la Fontaine, I did spot a spaghetti restaurant that piqued my interest. It was to be my backup…

Day 13: Geneva (24 Mar) #2

A/N: Hi there! First off, I’ll like to apologize for missing the last 3 scheduled posts, got caught up a little in work. Nevertheless, I’ll try to make it up over the weekend, and have more posts coming your way on Patreon soon! I rode the No.5 bus from the Palace of Nations back into…

Day 13: Geneva (24 Mar) #1

Today’s morning was overcast and subdued, much like the general atmosphere as news of the attack on Westminster began filtering in since yesterday night. I took the No.25 bus from just outside my Airbnb all the way down to Jardin Botanique, which is its terminus. The World Trade Organization is just across the road from…

Day 12: Geneva (23 Mar) #2

The train ride from Zurich took around 3 hours, and I left Zurich at 11am, so I reached Geneva at 2pm. Now, the issue is that I previously agreed with my Airbnb host in Geneva for a meeting at 3pm to pick up the keys, and with my mobile data gone, I had to rely…

Day 12: Lucerne/Geneva (23 Mar) #1

Now, in my previous post, I mentioned that the derailed Trenitalia train brought down a catenary with it. This in turn tripped power to the Lucerne train station, besides smashing through a set of tracks as well. Damage like this isn’t easy to fix, and there was no way the station could open just a…

Day 11: Lucerne/Zurich (22 Mar) #5

I was preparing to return to Lucerne at around 7pm, knowing that it’ll be a one hour ride and a bit of a squeeze due to the fact that its rush hour. However, this was the sight that greeted me when I walked into Zurich HB: I don’t exactly understand German, but a big red…

Day 11: Lucerne/Zurich (22 Mar) #4

So, a quick recap of my route up Rigi: Majestic Round Trip (as per Rigi.ch, because if you have a master ticket to transport, y not go Majestic) Lucerne-Vitznau (Boat, 1 hour) Vitznau-Rigi Kulm (Cogwheel Rail, 1 hour) Rigi Kulm-Arth-Goldau (Cogwheel Rail, 50 minutes) Arth-Goldau-Zurich (Train, 40 minutes, varies) I’m riding the blue train down, as…

Day 11: Lucerne/Zurich (22 Mar) #3

I reached the peak station, Rigi Kulm at nearly 12 noon, though it certainly didn’t look like noon up there. There’s nothing but clouds in all directions, and it was an endless, unbroken sea of white clouds. Also, it was pretty misty when I arrived, but slowly cleared along with the clouds as the wind…

Day 11: Lucerne/Zurich (22 Mar) #2

We cast off at a few moments after 10 am. The whole boat ride from Lucerne to Vitznau is scheduled to take around a hour. So in the meantime, just sit back and enjoy the ride! An attendant came around to check tickets shortly after departure. It was all done very professionally with the fellow being very…

Day 11: Lucerne/Zurich (22 Mar) #1

Breakfast was a simple affair, 12CHF for a tiny breakfast buffet in ibis Budget Luzern City. Bread, eggs, very limited cold cuts with the usual drinks. Not good or worth it by any stretch, but I did meet a fellow Malaysian couple from Melaka during the lift ride down to breakfast. What a coincidence, eh?…

Day 10: Berlin/Zurich/Lucerne (21 Mar) #2

From Zurich Airport, it was straight through to the bahnhof and down to Zurich city using my 4-day Swiss Travel Pass, active starting today till the 24th. As with Berlin, Swiss public transport runs mostly on the honor system; i.e. no ticket barriers, though sometimes inspectors will run random checks to deter fare evasion. As…