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Of Not Quite Swiss Miss

According to a survey conducted, Zurich is the best city to live in as far as quality of live is concerned. It's hardly surprising as Zurich excelled in all the quality of living criterias such as personal safety and health, education, economic and environmental factors, transport and public services and political (one can vote for everything under the sun and Swiss generally go voting once a month!). Which is super for people living there, but for visitors like The Princess, it will burn a big hole in the wallet.

Expensive or not, The Princess went exploring nevertheless. She and Thembe, her South African colleague, went touring up to the highest mountain in Switzerland, Mt. Titlis. They passed by Zurich and Lucern before reaching Engelberg. One thing she noticed, roads in Zurich are all quite narrow. And Swiss like holes. How else do you explain the numerous numbers of tunnel found?



Yeah, saw sakura in Switzerland (tee hee!)




Toast with creamy mushroom sauce -
Expensive ballz, cost about CHF 5


Toast with ham and cheese -
Ohmigod, the cheese is to-die-for


Sugar pack in pink karer


Thembe and I camwhoring in the bus


Typical scenery in Switzerland


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Swiss Alps covered in powder white snow


A beautiful lake on the way to Mt. Titlis


Mt. Titlis beckons





We then boarded a cable car to half-way of the mountain, before switching to a revolving cable car Rotair. Rotair is able to hold 60 people at one time (skiing gears and all). There's a revolving platform in the middle, presumably for hooking up with girls/guys (Nah, just to give a 360° view of the scenery unfolding down there). Cool concept, though.




The view from the cable car




We finally reached the highest point the cable car could carry us at 10,000 ft. And it was so cold I could have kicked myself for forgetting to bring gloves along. But not as so hai (stupid) as one girl she saw lar. See, she went up to snowy mountain wearing only tights and dress-top and high-heeled boots. This is what you call "oi leng mm oi meng".



Brrrr....


Swiss come out to play -
Don't know lar how that girl handle the coldness








Skis, skis everywhere



Thembe was worried my hand would get glued to the
cold pole (I was not using my tongue, dear)



My butt was frozen and raw afterwards


Another attraction of Mt. Titlis is the Glacier Grotto. Visitors could walk into this cave and through the 150m long tunnel down to 20m under the glacier's surface. The glittering ice walls, bathed by changing colourful lights are amazing. There's even a jukebox near the entrance should you have the sudden urge to listen to Bach or Negaraku (yes, Malaysia anthem) while admiring the ice walls.





See, I no bluff one, Malaysia anthem is really here


The glittering ice walls


At first I was standing and posing....


Then I fell down the slippery ice but
managed to control kiutness


America's Next Top Model


Some info about the Ice Grotto


Stopped for a cuppa to warm the tummy


Santarina lives here


I actually suffered from altitude sickness as the
cable car climbed higher and higher (ironic, I know)






For some inexplicable reason, I attract Indian guys. Like this over-friendly uncle, kept asking me to take picture with him. We took like 3 shots together lor. Uncle, don't cut out my face and paste on some naked woman's torso hor. Princess here can curse pretty darn well. Nanti mati pun tak tau kenapa.





My tour guide is a jolly old man


We then made our way down the mountain and back to Zurich. Didn't manage to try any cheese/chocolate fondue, but went to Marché Restaurant (yes, the Swiss chain restaurant with the cow mascot that can be found in The Curve). But it's much more cool here lar, cos they have smoking section here (an important criteria for The Princess). Besides that, nothing much to shout about.



Zurich downtown


And then we took the train back to hotel. Totally devoid of passengers except for the two of us.




Scary....

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