Apparently Europe does daylight savings time too! between the 26th and the 27th of October, the clocks get set back an hour. I think in the states its in November but I’m not positive. Well, the morning of the 27th, everyone with a smartphone didn’t have to think about it since the clocks changed automatically, but everyone with a basic phone had to manually change it. Well, Sarah, Ben, Luanne and I had to make an 8:00 train to get to Lucerne so we all decided to wake up at 7. Ben’s alarm went off at 6 in the morning and none of us really though about it, because Ben is Ben. Well at 6:30 he starts to get louder, like hes subtly trying to make us get up and Sarah taps him and asks him what he is doing. He responds “Its 7:30! We have to leave soon! You guys have to get up!” He forgot to change his phone time! It was probably one of the funniest parts on the entire trip!
We made our train and we took 2 hours to get to Lucerne. It started off raining which was a bummer, but it eventually cleared up very nicely and was perfect for walking around. There was a huge race going on too, so we got a ton of free stuff and had so much fun. I think “hopp” is german for “go” because everyone was chanting it to the racers and we started to too after a while. We got free food, free yogurt, a cowbell, and more. It was fabulous.
We did a walking tour of Lucerne, that was kind of short and was just us and a map, but it was fun. We walked up to a watch tower wall that was so old and we could go up to the top! you could see all of Lucerne from the top of the watch tower and it was amazing. That was when it first cleared up too, so we got to see an amazing view!
We then did a little bit of shopping, and walked around some more. We found this lion carved out of a rock wall by a park! It was huge and intricate and pretty impressive. I’m not sure the significance but I’m glad we found it!
Finally, we bought food and hopped on a train to Zurich for our flight. Lucerne was pretty amazing and we got to feel included in the culture in the fact that we all were cheering for the racers and no one really looked at us like tourists. In Spain, Sarah and I can’t really go anywhere without people immediately knowing we aren’t from around here. Even if we are talking Spanish, we can go up to a counter and they immediately switch to English or something. Its really frustrating for us since we are here to learn and if people speak English to us how are we going to accomplish that? But in Switzerland that never really happened. People never stopped speaking German or French or they just always spoke English. It was impressive to see the display of language known in Switzerland too. Everyone speaks like 5 languages there. Its really really impressive to me.
Ben got put on a standby list since the plane was overbooked and ended up switching to a different flight that came in later but still made it in time for our bus. Swissair felt so bad about it they paid him 350 Swiss Franks. I was so jealous! Instead, Sarah, Luanne and I got put on a tiny plane to Madrid at the scheduled time that was really weird. First there was a ton of turbulence and for some reason the fasten seatbelt light wasn’t on and this woman gets up to go to the bathroom. She was falling everywhere! Its like, lady, you really should just sit even if the light isn’t on when its this bumpy. Lets get some brains please? Next, the flight attendant makes the captain switch on the light but everyone and their mother had to use the bathroom and still ignored the light. Again, if people could have brains I would appreciate it. Then, this elderly gentleman had some kind of heart issue, because next thing we know the flight attendant was on the intercom “If anyone with any medical knowledge could come to the back of the plane, that would be greatly appreciated”. I think they had to restart he heart or something, because he had the pads doctors put on patients before they use the machine that restarts hearts. It was a really intense flight.
Next trip: Salamanca!