Thursday, 26 September 2019

Josefstrasse 29 (Zürich, Switzerland)

For whatever reason I didn’t sleep well last night. Perhaps I was excited about visiting Liechtenstein today or wondering if I’ll have a connection to the Internet in the morning. As for the Internet, it still worked in the morning and later I was able to add more data.

I bought my train ticket at the station and had just enough time to make the next train. Though in my rush to catch the train I didn’t notice that I was sitting in first class and was asked to leave by the conductor when he came by to check my ticket. Was a very short trip (about an hour) to Sargans where I caught a bus to Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein. I also just made the connection to the bus.

Would have been nice to have better weather to see the scenery on the train and then on the bus. I discovered that there are tours designed specifically to see the mountains and fields like in the Heidi movies. In fact they are called Heidiland Tours and apparently very popular with Asian tourists.

Liechtenstein is a very small country (Europe’s fourth smallest in size) and population (around 35,000 people). While looking up facts regarding Liechtenstein I saw a question via Google asking if you can rent Liechtenstein. It is very beautiful and mostly rural and large mountains, valleys and green pastures.

When I reached Vaduz there isn’t much to see other than the Parliament building, Government House, and the St. Florin Cathedral. The Schloss Vaduz (Vaduz Castle) is way up on the hillside and not open to the public but is the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein and his family.

After taking pictures I caught the next bus that would take me back to Sargans and it was waiting for me at the nearby stop. When we reached Sargans the train to Zürich was almost ready to leave the station. No waiting for trains and buses today! Very unusual but very much appreciated.

After my afternoon nap I worked on my travel itinerary for October and November when I plan to visit UAE (United Arab Emirates), India, and Nepal. A former work colleague, who now lives in Mumbai, is helping me with making plans in India. UAE should be easy since I’m only visiting Dubai and Abu Dhabi which are very modern and geared towards foreign travelers. I’m staying in Hilton’s in each city and will look forward to a typical Hilton breakfast.

Tonight I’ll continue to watch the Star Trek – Next Generation series. I started to watch the first episodes last night, so that will keep me busy as long as I can get connected to Netflix.

Tomorrow I leave for Bern (capital of Switzerland). Nice to have the train station so close in Zürich and the travel time will be about an hour.

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