One week in Switzerland and I love it all. Got my first real look at the Alps today – we went up Mt Rigi and had a spectacular view. Pretty surreal. Went to the Van Gogh exhibit yesterday in Basel – so glad I had the chance. Great collection. We spent Monday in Lugano – looks like an ok place to high school :). Tomorrow we are exploring Zurich and hoping the rain stays away. Not sure what the weekend holds. I love trains!
We are having a great time in Lugano. We ended up coming early and spending 4 days here. We have been out on the lake and up several mountains. It’s off to TASIS today to celebrate Mama Flemming’s 90th birthday!
Sorry for the delay. Meet me here on Jan 15, 1979 for cocktails (gluvine) on the slopes. Youknow you are a creep! Why aren’t you here? The city’s nice, I live alone. It’s great. So where are you?
Your friend, Pope Paul
This postcard is from a friend of mine who was not in St Moritz at all. He was in San Francisco at the time. But I knew him when we both spent time in St Moritz. My first experience with skiing was in St Moritz. I was in boarding school and my parents were living in Africa. My school spent two weeks skiing in St Moritz every winter so I went directly from Nigeria – tropical Africa – to Switzerland with no warm, winter clothes. I layered on my blue jeans and sweatshirts and was freezing most of the time.
The flight from Lagos only left twice a week so I arrived in St Moritz a day late and missed the first day of ski lessons. On the second day I went to my ski class and everybody already knew how to stop, so I spent the whole day stopping the only way I could – on my ass. The next day we had a German teacher who didn’t speak a word of English. He was teaching us how to sideslip and traverse and sent us down the bunny slope where we were supposed to be learning how to stop sideways. I couldn’t catch on to that at all so I would just fall down in order to stop, at which point the teacher would scream at me in German. Not the greatest experience.
We stayed in a big modern tourist hotel. Some of the rooms had as many as ten or twelve people in them. I could sit at my window and watch the horse races on the frozen lake below. There was a picturesque little town where we ate Raclette and other delicious cheesy things. It is one of the few areas where they actually speak the fourth Swiss language, Romansh.
How was vacating in Texas, y con su hermano? All the time I’ve been picturing myself in Nigeria. It’s fun here though, in fact fantastic (I know how much skiing excites you!).
Right now, you’re probably flying across the Atlantic, and my ankles hurt. It got up to about 70 degrees today and we were skiing in slush. Switzerland is getting it together for spring. I didn’t buy a white dress, but no regrets, see you manana.
So far so good – we took a city tour this am & a tour up to Rigi Kaltbad and Lucerne this aft. !! They both were good tours and we all enjoyed them. It was snowy and cold but sunny up on Rigi – skiing and beautiful sights of the alps.
So good to visit with you Christmas – I’ll call after we get back – we’re supposed to return Sun. (I’m pushing for Sat.) Bill goes to Bali on Jan. 4 for 4 days.
This is the view from our balcony! Very resort-like! Warm.. flowers everywhere. We went to the top of San Salvatore this morn. on a cog railroad…the view was lovely. Have just finished eating lunch and are waiting to take a boat trip on the lake. Bill has dental app. so he is not going. Kathy and Jane are not going either. Yesterday we left Zurich at 7 am and the ride through the Alps was fantastic! Just unbelievable!! We got here about 10 am and went to Kathy’s school, she showed us around…then came back to hotel with us. We took a walk along the lake after lunch and rested in aft. The hotel has a nice pool. It is so nice to be with people who can help us with language problems, ordering food, etc. So far the kids are getting along fine. Steve even said he was glad he came!