0563 A Swiss style Hostel (Stz 013—new)

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Next day, I take the hike up across the ridge to the Swiss border once again.  This time, I’m going deeper into the country.  I’m catching the train up to Lugano to experience a Swiss city.

 

After riding 1 Euro trains all around Italy, I balk a bit at the price for just a short trip to Lugano.  I’m going to have to do a lot of planning if I want to thoroughly explore this country.   I hop on a train that looks like it came off the assembly line yesterday, and head north.

                                    

We soon reach the lake region which, I must say even surpasses the beauty of Lake Como, with steep hills and slopes that plunge unto these long, narrow lakes.

And then we reach Lugano, nestled between two of these mountains, right on the shore of the lake.

 

I decide to head straight north to where there’s supposed to be a youth hostel.  But I soon reach a sign that says that I’ve now entered Massagno… then another sign that says that I’ve reached Savosa.  It looks like the Swiss, like the French, like to chop up their cities into tiny little pieces…

 

The hostel is in Savosa, a town which seems to have little character to it.  But the inscription in front of the Town Hall begs to differ.  It gives a brief history of this “town” over the last century, including the rise and decrease in population decade by decade. 


So it looks like Savosa counts as a town…

 

The hostel is closed for the afternoon, but I figure I could just leave my bag there in the dining room and come back later when the reception is open… So I head out to explore the town.

 

 

Up the road the town quickly peters out, so I head back down and to the left.

 

Within minutes I’m at the edge of Savosa and entering Vezia… so I just take my video clip right there sitting on a short wall and declare Savosa officially parkbenched…

 

Later on…

 

Later on I return to see if there’s vacancy in the hostel… the price is 22 Euros, a bit over my budget, but I want my first night in paradise to be a pleasant experience, so I decide to cough up the cash…

 

I take a look around… This “backpacker hostel” would be considered a four star hotel in any other country.  The rooms are spic and span… there’s a pool with a slide and a beautiful garden in back…

 

Definitely a pleasant first night in here in Switzerland…

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