My trip to Switzerland, part 1, getting there

I’d like to make it clear that this will probably be writen over several sessions over several days. I’ve mentioned several times that I won’t have good internet during the time I’m over here, so I’m sticking to that. Sorry if some info is inconsistent, I’ll do my best to keep it consistent.

Also the time and date formats will be kept as near to the Switzerland method for written time as possible, since I like it. I.E. time is in 24 hour format and dates use .” in between and it’s a DD.MM.YYYY format, not the crazy MM/DD/YYYY format USA uses. Swear to god all they need to do is make a USD worth 99 cents and they will have officially messed up their entire numerical system.

Also I’ll be skipping all the drama and just get to the point. I won’t add unnecessary info that doesn’t really matter, though people would usually tell you all about it. lol

This was written the 15.01.2014 at 11:40.

So we got to the airport and we just checked-in, no troubles, we ate some and then we just waited to board the plane.

I’d like to point out at this point there was like a 50 person line to get on the plane. We were able to skip that thanks to my magic of my seat being moved and letting me and my family just skip the whole line. Yay for magic!

We flew with Lufthansa airlines. It was a really nice service, the staff was very nice and knew very good English. Also everybody was good looking (but that’s to be expected from an airline, AFAIK).

We arrived ahead of schedule, I’m told, but we left behind schedule, I’m told. So I guess I’m just really good at planes. lol

Then we took another air plane but this one was just a 45 minute flight or so.

Next step was to take a bus to the train station and ride the train to the Grenchen Nord station. So we missed our stop, not really but we didn’t know that the doors had to be opened manually (by pressing a button) so we missed the stop.

We contacted our friends over here and they told us to just take the train to the Grenchen Süd station, which was actually nearer to our destination (but required a train switch).

So we rode the train to Grenchen Süd, this time we knew how to open the door, got off and familiar faces were there so all is well.

Got a car ride to the place we’re staying at, unpacked a bit, took a shower and went to sleep.

And we’re back to the present time of me writing this. I actually just woke up and I have no internet, everybody else just started waking up.

OK so now to the all important lessons (that I can remember) learned of every trip:

  • For god’s sake keep calm! It is not nice to be nervous or to be around someone that’s nervous.
  • Travelling on air planes isn’t as special as it used to be. Now there’s screens on the seats and all kinds of stuff to cheat with getting entertainment.
  • Buses and trains require you to open the door, they will not open alone at every stop. Know where you’re going and at which stop it is you’re getting off.
  • If on a new area, keep track of what people are doing, it will help you figure out what to do yourself.

And those are all I can think of. This was written in one go so it should be fairly consistent.

January 15, 2014