Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day 9 & 10: Waterfalls & My Swiss Relatives

On our last morning in the mountains we decided to check out this amazing waterfall that was right outside our hotel.

After about a 15 minute hike we ended up behind the waterfall about 1/3 the way up the mountain. 

The view was pretty amazing and the spray of water mixed with the drops of water coming off the rocks sparkled in the sunlight.

On the way down there was a drinking fountain that leads into a pool and a dog decided to take a dip when his owner led him to the fountain.

He was very satisfied with himself.  By the way, this is an Australian Shepherd Dog (Aussie for short).  One thing we've noticed is that all of them here have their full tales.  In America they cut-off the tails when they are babies.  This messes with their balance which is probably why the Swiss Aussie's hold their heads higher than American ones.  It's illegal in Switzerland to cut-off dog's tails and we've seen multiple Aussie's here waving about their beautiful tales.  Any arguments you hear for "docking" dog's tails is complete garbage . . . back to Switzerland. 

After seeing this cute dog we got on the train and headed toward Lucerne.  My mother's older brother left from Taiwan to Switzerland for college.  When he was there he fell in love with a Swiss girl, got married and settled down in Switzerland.  In addition to a Swiss aunt, I have a half-Swiss cousin who is completing his Master's degree in Zurich, which is about 45 minutes away from Lucerne. 

We've had some great times catching up with my relatives.  We've explored Lucerne and Zurich and really enjoyed both cities.  While it is nice to explore a new city and enjoy getting lost, it's nice to have locals that you trust show you around. 

My favorite moment in Lucerne so far has been spending time with my to my uncle, aunt and cousin. about.  While we haven't spent that much time together because they live across the world there's an amazing connection we share.  It's awakened a feeling inside of me somewhere between the comfort of home and the warmth of family.

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