Day 56: Bus Touring in Zurich, Rapperswil, Liechtenstein, and Heidiland

Two girls, err countries, one c..DAY I mean. With a week left to go, I had to check off my 20th country in Europe so I planned an excursion primarily to Liechtenstein. You know, the principality that Snopp Lion (Dog) tried to rent out for a music video. Anyways, I hauled over to the bus station (over shooting it by a street forcing me to back-track). I arrived exactly 15 minutes early as instructed, yet only one other guest followed the rules as well. Noticing my camera’s battery at a mere 17%, I strolled across the street to, ugh, Starbucks, as I knew they would not only have chargers, but WiFi as well. I purchased a coffee to wake up and to essentially pitch in for their overhead costs. Let’s not even talk about how much it cost, as I will not admit it. Regardless, I got another key 5% or so on my camera–clutch.

Five minutes before departure my driver notified me that I could not bring the hot coffee on the bus (for reals?!). My expensive coffee thus got chugged, and my throat, thereby got burnt. Sometimes following the rules doesn’t quite pay off as the bus waited another 10 minutes for late-comers. Most of the time buses leave on the dot, but apparently this company had other policies.

We then started a quick tour of the city, most of which I had already covered on the walking tour prior; however, the guide provided his on personal take which added value, etc. We made on main stop, so I snapped a quick shot before we started off to our first town.

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The first town on our journey–Rapperswil!

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I ate a quick lunch at the grocery store (as McDonald’s, apparently the ‘second cheapest’ featured $15 Big Mac menus). I guess that’s what you get when your average income is almost $7,000 a month, but I digress. En route to Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, the alps, lakes, rivers, and overall scenery stunned! Oh, and I apologize for the bus window reflection, damn optics.

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We finally arrived in Liechtenstein, time to celebrate with the only beer they brew in the country! I then walked around through the town aided by a map from the tourist desk. Here’s the result:

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So modern, much shinny!

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What a cute little town, eh?

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The king and queen are in town ruling from their castle nestled up on the mountainside!

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Soon we found ourselves in Heidiland, home of the famous book tale. Needless to say, the landscape crushed.

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Almost forgot, this goat spearheaded a little girl that pretended to charge at it. I guess she learned really quick not to mess around with wild animals #lifelessons. She did not get hurt badly, just knocked down and scared straight.

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The Heidi-house museum left as the house sat for the filming.

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More views before leaving back to Zurich!

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