Arrival in Switzerland
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My train pulled into Lucerne bright and early in the morning. I had already booked a hostel, so I went to the information booth and asked the lady how to get there. She was very helpful and showed me the way on the map, but said the walk would take 15 minutes. Knowing Lucerne was a smaller town, I wanted to protest, thinking to myself that I could make the walk in shorter time. However, the moment I stepped out of the train station, I understood why she had given me so much time. My jaw hit the pavement at the view of the lake and the mountains all around me. As I walked to the hostel, I stopped several times to take photos or just stare at the buildings, the bridges, the water, the mountains, the.
I did finally make it to the hostel (the directions were great!) and I dropped off my things. I started my walk through downtown Lucerne, checking out the shops in the area as I headed out towards the lion monument and the glacier gardens. The lion monument is a powerful statue dedicated to the Swiss Guard who faught to save the royal family during the french revolution. The Glacier Garden was also interesting (for me), and the Panorama in the gardens offers great views over the city. There was also a mirror maze, which, being as dorky as I am, I wandered in and had a great time.
The city is just beautiful...it just felt very clean, and again the views were amazing. I felt like I was in a very ritzy area. I had to pick up some new currency and figure out the conversion rates, but nothing was too terribly expensive.
As it got darker, I headed back into town and got some dinner. Little did I realize that as I was eating, it started pouring down rain outside. I literally ran through the rain back to the hostel, where I dried off and met the others in my room. It turns out they were great people! We made plans to all go to Mount Pilatus the next day, which is a mountain near Lucerne.