Snow and Swiss history
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I awoke at dawn (approx 6am) while the night train was hurtling through the southern swiss countryside. when I exited the cabin the first thing I noticed was the view! It was absoloutly breathtaking! The swiss alps were rising above the train like snow covered giants. I have never see mountains so beautiful and huge! The lower ground had a little snow and as we passed through the small villages and towns the backdrop of these giants made them seem so minute. It was a sight that really made my journey worthwhile!
After leaving the night train at Zurich, I had a shower at the train station. I was pleasantly suprised by the modern shower facilities available.
As I was only there for half a day I didnt get to see a lot but I decided to walk as far as I could and see as much in as little time as possible. I wandered around the centre and by the river. I got as far as the bridge by the lake then went back to the train station. I had spotted a little market in the process of being set up when I arrived so I thought I would check this out and hopefully get to try some swiss spoils. When I arrived back the first thing to greet me was the pong of cheese. It was quite rank and I soon came across the source. A small stand layerd with cheeses of all different types. Goats cheese, cows cheese, sheep cheese (???) and any other cheese that you could ever imagine. Their scents all combined to create the worst smelly feet pong ever! The market also included various meat stands selling dried beef, salami, and some other mountain animal meat. I had a sample and it vas quite powerful flavour! Among the food stands small stalls containing various hand crafted goods were being sold. Mostly wooden items, but quite a variation. It was a nice experience except for the language barrier. When asking what animal some meat was from , an elderly lady gracefully replied in German, quite oblivious to the fact that I did't understand what she said! I Just nodded and wandered on.