First supper last night with Carine, Luc and Till was a real treat. I ate as a member of the family...corn on the cob, salad from the garden, various cheeses, potatoes, bread and ham. The highlight was dessert where Will (maybe 10) had worked for 3 hours or so (including cleanup he stressed) making fancy cupcakes. I wish I had taken a picture...they had green icing with a few pieces of fruit for decoration...he was justly proud.
Conversation about various things flowed freely...turns out Luc teaches mathematics at a teachers college...he was impressed when I mentioned the Actuarial connection in our family!
One topic of conversation were the many convents and monasteries that I had passed over the past number of days...you guessed it most are very sparsely populated these days.
|Early morning view from house|
|Breakfast - fruit pie was delicious|
Walking was easy again in terms of minimal elevation gains and perfect weather...mid 20's by day's end.
A lot of a road walking today which makes it easy to follow the trail however can be hard on the feet after a while.
|More road walking|
|Going down steps in forest!|
|Across boards with metal grid to eliminate slipping|
|This fellow could be challenging|
|Interesting construction - concrete on metal with grass|
The Via Jacobi simply went AWOL...so I started using Google maps and working my way to the Lausanne Backpackers Guest House where I am staying for the night.
Now balancing a mini iPad (bright sunlight is not kind when looking at the screen!) in one hand, two trekking poles in the other and ensuring one is not doing something stupid with cars all around is a challenge. Well at least it is of me!
I was not a happy camper to say the least however slowly things started to fall into place in that I found a bank (needed a few Swiss francs to sleep tonight), set up a tentative Skype date with Jeanne my daughter, found my way to the Guest House and asked two different people how to get back on the Via Jacobi tomorrow (Info centre and lady at front desk here).
We will see tomorrow morning how successful these directions are...in a big city such as Lausanne the Via Jacobi is not that well known.
Best part of the day...I had a really good Skype date with my daughter Jeanne who is back in Japan after two weeks volunteering at a school in Nepal. She flew over Everest! The picture and sound quality was by far the best of the 5 Skype sessions I have had since starting the walk. Jeanne and I agreed that walking through a country was worth around 5 new countries therefore I have now visited 23 countries to Jeanne's measly 21!
I was told by a few people that the Lausanne Cathedral is not to be missed...built in 1275 or so it is reputed to be the finest Gothic church edifice in Europe. The best part is I took the subway!
Now resting comfortably in the common meeting room...have tried my best to remedy the left heel blister situation however I expect this will be a little unpleasant tomorrow.
Allaman is my next stop...supposedly 25 kms away.
Lausanne Backpackers Guest House is very highly rated by TripAdvisor and has a great location by the train station. I am in a two bunk bed room...hopefully the two fellows there aren't snorers...perhaps there will a fourth!
Unfortunately the old guy...me...get's a top bunk!
Everything seems very clean...received a free transportation in Lausanne card and a discount at a bakery for breakfast.
Total cost, with bedding is 38 Swiss francs, excluding breakfast...cannot be beaten in a large city. I rate it highly.