Lausanne - 3 years later
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October 13th, 2009 – by: puttyland
I arrived and was picked up at the airport and brought to our hotel, Hotel Crystal (Minotel) in the pedestrian part of town. Modest little place, but very conveniently located amongst all the shops and restaurants, and only a few blocks from the club where my gig is, the King Size Pub, which is in the Flon area of town. My piano partner Mark met me in the lobby and, after I settled in, took me around to show me what had changed since I was here last and what cool things were in this part of town. It's only been three years, but holy crap - Lausanne now has a metro! I guess on some level I saw all the construction that was going on while I was here last time, but I never made the connection. It really made it much easier to get around without going up quite so many steep hills.
The city had also done a lot of work on the Flon. It was mostly old industrial buildings and warehouses before...some had been renovated into clubs and a couple of shops and restaurants, but still a slightly seedy area with huge open lots. Now there are fancy new buildings and art installations where the lots were, and some very chic shops and restaurants have moved in. The King Size Pub is still doing very well, it seems, as well as their sister club, Mad, which is a dance club across the street.
The gig (an all-request dueling piano show) is mostly similar to what it was the last several times I played here, but playing with Mark made it extra fun, 'cuz he's fearless and doesn't care if the audience doesn't understand English, he's still going to play around with them, and they love it.
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