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Tim’s boiling experience II (The secret of Tim’s life)

Firstly I guess I should tell you about the train trip. Well firstly we had to arrive late so we did not get mobbed. When we hopped on the train we had to wait 30 minutes before the train got moving. And it was incredibly bumpy. I went to sleep early cause I was feeling extremely sick. I woke up around 3 in the morning and I vomited. Then I think I stared playing games on my dsi for about 2 hours. Then I went back To sleep and FINALY the train trip ended.That was the great train trip.


Photo Blog – Last days in Switzerland


The view from our bedroom at Nick and Nat’s


Monstein – Last paradise before heaven. (Another sign says last beerstop before Monstein – it’s Europe’s highest brewery.)


Going up on the chair lift




The Grant and Crichton clans



Abby gate crashes Nat and Anne.

Final Swiss days


After our five countries in a day effort of Thursday we thought we’d spend the rest of our time taking it a bit easy in beautiful Monstein and Davos. Nat Crichton finished and graduated from her course in tropical medicine on the Thursday, it was great to be around to help celebrate the effort in some small way.


It’s snowing again

Apparently the locals are feeling a bit sorry for us because normally June is sunny and ‘warm’. The forecast for Davos today is minimum 4, maximum 8 and showers. Monstein is a few hundred metres further up in altitude and it hasn’t risen above 6 yet, and it’s midday.

Joseph and I went for a wonder up the main street today and noticed the snow line was not too far above town. The wonderful neighbours of the Crichtons have a Subaru with snow tyres and were good enough to let these strange Australian strangers borrow it, so back up into the Alps we went.


Jet Lag is nothing


Andrew writing today. I’m the only one in the family who has travelled outside Australia so for several weeks I have had a smug satisfaction knowing just how much the rest of them would be blown away by the experience of waking up on the other side of the world with EVERYTHING so different to anything they’ve ever known.

And I have to confess I LOVE international travel. I hadn’t been outside Australia for 18 years before last year when I went to Canada with work, and that was probably what lit the fuse for this trip. So here we are.



Our theme song for the trip

Since the boys love Bear Grylls so much we’ve adopted this as our theme song for our journey of discovery to Asia, Europe and Africa!