My friend Svetlana decided to come to Europe for the week of New Years, and we met in Zurich, Switzerland. We didn’t have too much time, but we saw a lot of the country and had a lot of fun. I think the Swiss Alps are the most beautiful mountains I’ve ever seen. One day we took a series of trains and then cable cars up to the Schilthorn restaurant on top of the mountain. Apparently it is featured in one of the James Bond films. The view from the top was spectacular.

We also saw several Swiss cities (Zurich, Bern, Geneva, Interlaken, and Shauffhausen) and the Reinfalls (Europe’s largest waterfall). I expected the falls to be a bit higher. It must be largest in volume, not in height. The weather was spectacular almost the entire week. There was a little rain on New Year’s Eve. We finished of the year watching a wonderful fireworks show over Lake Zurich. Svetlana flew home the morning of Jan 1.

From Zurich I headed back to Ireland, to meet another friend (Kelsey) who was coming over here for a couple weeks. I found a reasonably cheap flight out of Friedrichshaven, which is just over the German border. I arranged to stay with a couchsurfing host on the Swiss side, across Lake Constance from the airport. There is a ferry service, so I thought that it would be no problem to get to the airport in the morning. But when Sandra took me down to meet the ferry, there was no one there and no activity. Surprise! During the holidays (apparently Jan 2 is a holiday to some people) there is a special schedule, which is not posted on the internet, or at the train station. Luckily Sandra was kind enough to drive around the lake to the airport, otherwise I don’t think I could have made it. So here I am, back in Dublin, and feeling lucky to be here.

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