Switzerland and Germany (2016)

This vacation didn’t start as planned. First, as we drove away from our doggy day care, we could hear Tango howling. The, because of the weird times the day care was open, we got to the airport 6 hours early. Fine, we had computers and videos. But then we sat for 2 hours on tarmac, waiting for the weather to clear. We arrived in Zurich at 10AM instead of 8 and spent over an hour in passport check. Luckily, we’re flexible – instead of driving the passes (we’ll do that tomorrow), we went to the zoo.

Zurich is very hilly – lots of construction and grafitti mixed in with old buildings:grafitti

The zoo’s at the top of the city and was marginal. Blocked paths where an Australian exhibit was being built and cramped monkey houses. A funny bunch of camels. Such an odd mix of pretty (eyes) and ungainly (those humps.) One seemed to be dancing, although it needed a g-string!

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Other favs – zebras, front and back And what’s a zoo without a chicken or a pair of me-and-my-shadow yaks?

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The new exhibit is Masaola – a big covered jungle. No animals, but what vegetation. A leaf the size of a table. A “black” whiskered flower. Of course, as Hubby said, we see it in Florida, but here in Switzerland, it’s a novelty.

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I forgot to mention, we did see Hobbes at the zoo. Or at least his foot!hobbes footWith the mountains creeping higher as we leave Zurich, we drive to Zug, our home for four days. 

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The hotel is not in a nice area, which I knew, but we drove into town and walked to a sunset on the lake. We’re exhausted and buy pretzels from a vendor for dinner. Tomorrow, the real mountains. I’m excited!

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