Sunday, January 21, 2007

Hammer of the Gods

That title is completely irrelevant here, i just that phrase in a book the other day and thought it sounded cool. Can anyone guess what the book was about? Winner gets a ½ eaten bar of swiss chocolate. ¾ eaten if you're slow.

Now to other things....I like when people come to visit but I'm always at a bit of a loss for what to do. Don't get me wrong, i'm in a really beautiful area here with lots of outdoorsy things to do but usually when people visit they want to see “Europe”..i.e. Bigger more exciting things like buildings over 3 stories, museums, people...stuff like that. Unfortunately the closest city, Z├╝rich, is about 1.5 hrs away and the distances just climb from there.

Geneva – 3hrs.
Munich – 4 hrs.
Venice – 4hrs.
Vienna – 5hrs.
Paris – 7hrs.

Truth be told, if you spend enough time where i am you realize that this is probably more “europey” than many of the big cities. It'd be like defining America by New York City, when in reality thats just a small part of it. The problem of course is time, given only a week over here you've got to start with the New York Cities and tackle the Ohio's on a followup visit.

The reason i bring this up is that my little bro Mike, my cousin Krissy and one of their friends Matt are all coming over to visit in about a month and a half. Overlooking the fact that their ruining the ratio in my apartment i now need to figure out how to show them a good time for a week. There's the obvious things to do like ski, hike, hit some bars, maybe visit some castles, but after that this area is pretty much tapped out. Therefore i envision some trips like maybe Vienna or Rome. Afterall, i've always wanted to see the Popemobile. Mike, Matt, case you cant tell I'm looking for a little feedback here. Take a look at a map and let me know what you guys wanna do. Tour the swiss army knife factory...learn to yodel (spelling?, why worry now)....milk a cow...?? Unfortunately you're to early for oktoberfest, but there are still lots of bars around here and I'm sure we can find some umpah lumpah music. Anything's possible.

Switching gears for a moment i get the BBC on my TV over here and they have this awesome show called “Top Gear”. For any gearhead out there, its worth checking out on Youtube. It's chockful of awesome cars and bad british humor. Here's one of my favorite episodes about playing soccer, sorry football, with minicars. Priceless. I'm not sure if you can get it on TV in the states...but thanks to Youtube and its complete ignoring of copyright laws you can see pretty much any episode. If you're bored at work and in the auto industry, you could even argue its “research”. Now where's my endorsement check??

Oh, I just remembered that they do have a Stamp Musuem in Liechtenstien...but i gotta save something for the followup visit.


Anonymous said...

I'll say the book's about Led Zeppelin because it's a line from Immigrant song from Zeppelin III - and that's without the help of Google. Do I get my chocolate?

Corrigan said...

Nice, you get the prize. i will carefully wrap it and put it in a safe place in my fridge. you can come get it anytime. REally..its all yours.

Anonymous said...

i love top gear too. once in awhile i catch it on bbc america. mostly, i watch it on youtube. i've heard though that the US might be getting its own version.

uh... as for recommendations. i really enjoyed salzburg. we toured the city and the salt mine on the outside of town. skiing of course was amazing in tirol, austria. but the most life changing event was seeing a concentration camp.