20140603 Zurich-Bellinzona-Lugano

7:35 Up.

8:15 Out. Sybil’s mother gave us a ride.

8:30 Train station. Bought two day-passes valid for most trains and buses in Switzerland as long as I was travelling with an annual pass holder. CHF 60.

8:35 Coop. Bought a choco-croissant. It tasted really good. CHF 1.80.

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8:37 Platform.

8:40 On the train.

8:53 Zurich station.

8:58 Platform. Transferred.

9:01 Train started. It was crowded.

9:10 Ticket check.

9:40 Ticket check again.

10:00 Mountains and snow started to appear.

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11:25 Bellinzona, an Italian-speaking city in Switzerland. The houses had lots of yellow, and the scene felt quite different (more luxurious?) from Strasbourg/Colmar.

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11:40 Castelgrande, a fortress built in 15th century. It was very clean and well-maintained. There was an elevator going up to the top of the fortress, which was neat. At the top there was a restaurant and green fields with students running around and having lunch.

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12:20 Walked down. It didn’t take too long.

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12:30 After walking around the city for a bit, went into Caffe Chicco D’oro. They didn’t have a menu, and the waitress told us what was available. I ordered a piadina (with tomato, mozarella, ketchup, mayo) and a drink called Gazosa. They were both good. CHF 13.20.

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13:25 Out.

13:45 Back in Bellinzano station.

14:05 On a train to Lugano.

14:08 Train started.

14:22-14:25 Rained.

14:35 Lugano. It was somewhat similar to Bellinzona, but there were more tourists, the lake was pretty, and it was a lot more hilly.

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14:45 Met a friend of Sybil’s, Rocco.

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14:55 Gelato near a park. CHF 3.

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15:00 It started raining, so we walked into a public library. We were told to be quiet because we were talking too loud.

15:25 Out. We walked around the lake for a while.

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16:00 Rented a boat (one of those with pedals). The sky was clear, and the view from the lake was gorgeous.

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16:30 Off.

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16:45 Said farewell to Rocco, and Sybil and I walked around for some more.

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17:00 Rested at a bench near the lake.

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17:30 Started toward the train station.

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17:58 On the train. Apparently there was a new tunnel being built for the trains, with the length of whopping 57 km.

20:50 Zurich station.

21:05 Transferred.

21:07 Train started.

21:20 Glattburg station.

21:30 Back at Sybil’s.

22:20 There was a party going on for Sybil’s sister, so I ended up having a glass of cocktail, Belgian pizza, focaccia, parmesan cheese, and German beer.

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