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Katriona's Diary

...we travel, indeed, to find honest friends... R.L.S.

the presents from my trip XD ... and already, our usual slapstick X(
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So, now I'm home! Today before the noon I came home, and washed all dirty clothes (for it's fine and very warm today!) and tidied the stuff from my traveling bag. On this trip I bought many presents for my friends(mostly chocolate and confectionery) and for myself X) Look... no wonder I had trouble to pack sll these into the bag... XD

(What I've bought during my trip XD)

At home, fortunately my rabbit Tako looks quie fine (though as timid as she was before XP ). And under the unusually warm sunshine the homeless cats were all relaxed in our garden.

Though... late in the afternoon one of them(the one in the right photo) sliped into my mother's room then living room, and before we opened the window of the living room and drove him away he sceatched our newly waxed wooden floor!!!! Naughty cat!!

The last day in Davos
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Well, this is the evening of the last day of my stay in Davos, tomorrow early morning i’ll Leave for Zurich airport then fly to Japan. It was a very pleasant stay (many thanks to my Swiss friends!!), I enjoyed many walkings on snow. With the very fine weather, Swiss in winter seemed to more beautiful than summer X)

(The beautiful valley I walked yesterday)


(And once more, the view from my friends’ verandah in late in the afternoon)

And the day after tomorrow I’ll return to my daily life.

German Scrabble !!
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In my Swiss friends’ house I found their Scrabble game, the German version! How interesting to see this... the points of each alphabet are different from English one. I soon e-mailed this photo to my best friend’s husband who is also a big Scrabble fan, he e-mailed me back quite soon to say he liked it! XD


Scenery of Davos
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This is the view of Dischma valley,Davos from the verandah of my friends’ house. In the perfect weather this view is just wonderful!


Let’s try! :)
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Trying to post a photo from my iPad...
This is the one I took when I walked at the foot of Eiger.

Quietude in Davos
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Now I enjoy my stay in Davos. The weather is still perfect, no clouds at all in the bluest sky, and mountains are sooo beautiful with snow. I took a cable car going up to the alp then walked down to the town, also took a ski lift going up near to the mountaintop then looked around... the view was just marvelous. Here, at the moment there are not as many skiers or tourists as in Grindelwald thus it’s quieter on the alp and in towncentre. In my friend’s house located on some hillside outside of town it’s really quiet. Now in the evening, after supper, my friend and her husband are reading or writing something in their own sofa, no sounds from outside at all, I hear just ticking of clock and purr and snoring of a cat (not my friends’ cat but their neighbour’s, visiting my friends’ house and sleeping next to me on the sofa XD). Very very quiet and I really love this quietude!! At home it’s never be so quiet because of the noise from outside - from the nearby big road or railways, even when we shut the windows we hear them. This quietness is really a heaven to me :)

Davos
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In Grindelwald I have had great time still the real destination of my holiday trip is here, Davos. Today I took trains and after 5 hours train ride arrived at Davos Dorf station to see my Swiss friend. She lives outside of Davos town, on the hill at the entrance of a beautiful valley. I have stayed with her several times before though this is my first visit here in midwinter. For years I have wanted to come to see the winter scenery of Davos. One of the reasons is “The Magic Mountain”, the great book written by Thomas Mann, which is one of my favorite books for more than 30 years. The description of winter scenery in the book is so impressive. Another reason is R.L.Stevenson, my favorite author, who had spent the winter twice here for his health about 140 years ago. And after I’d become friends with the Swiss lady she has often sent me the photos of Davos in winter and summer, every time those photos made me want to see the scenery with my own eyes.
So, at last, I’m in Davosin winter, not in towncentre but in my friend’s house on quiet hillside, from the windows I can see the Davos town under the mountains, from another windows I can see the white mountains and valley. This is really heavenly place to stay. I really think I am very, very fortunate :)

I walked at the foot of Eiger
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Today I again did “snow hiking”, today the famous route with the great view of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau,then another route at the very foot of Eiger. The weather was fine all the while (I got suntan!!) and the view of the great mountains was just marvelous!
As for Grindelwald where I have stayed for three nights, this is the town at the bottom of the valley so early morning and late in the afternoon when the alps are bright with sunshine there comes little sun in the town, my impression is that they don’t have enough light here in winter. But of course we can’t help it, and as the base of the winter activities this place seems to be perfect. There are soooo many skiers! I’m staying in a small family run hotel, the building is the typical Swiss wooden house with verandah but rooms are renovated and comfortable, and the owners are very kind and friendly, make my stay really nice. How fortunate I am! Tomorrow I’ll take trains and move to Davos, my real destination. Davos is the mountain town which Thomas Mann described in his great book “Magic Mountain” (one of my favorite books for more than 30 years), and I have wanted to see the winter scenery of Davos for many years! Now the time is coming when I’d see it!

On the snow...
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So the second day of my Swiss trip. Today it’s generally sunny. I have walked “snow hiking” trail on alp, enjoyed wonderful view of the mountains. When I was walking on the snow covered trail I thought... the day before yesterday I was at home in Japan, my mind was full of countless concerns in my daily life, then yesterday I has been suffering from the long flight then train ride and exhausted in the evening. And today I woke up in the hotel room with the view of Eiger(3970m), took the local bus going up the narrow, snow covered mountain road, and walked long trail ... along the trail everything was white with snow. And because on our foreign travel when we have to be careful about unfamiliar place, unfamiliar local language and custom etc our priority need to be how to manage the current situation, so our usual, important worries are somewhat forgotten (maybe this is the good point of travel). This big change makes me feel a bit uneasy. Anyway at the moment I mainly focus on my trip, looking forward to tomorrow’s activity :)

Switzerland!
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So now I am in a nice hotel room in Grindelwald, Switzerland! It was a loooong journey from Japan, nearly 13 hours flight and 2 hours and 45 minutes train ride. I’m exhausted! It’s 10pm at local time now, I must go to bed. Tomorrow I will report about the Swiss scenery!