Julie Andrews Has Nothing On Me

Posted: April 22, 2011 in Travel
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Julie Andrews Has Nothing On Me

and why is that?

Well because I out sung and out performed her, in the famous ‘The Hills Are Alive With The Sound of Music” scene. Let us be honest, it’s clear that she struggled to reach the top of the hill and piro-twirl in sync with the camera, and don’t get me started on her singing in that awful warble.

Fact is my reenactment of that infamous scene, (witnesses by my two good friends and a few cows), truly deserved an Oscar. My pitch was perfect, my vibrato strong & steady and my ballerina like elegance was unparalleled as I twirled for the heavens.

Did you buy any of that? No… I didn’t think anyone would, but it was worth a try.

Truth is I did try, but I fell, as I got dizzy in the thin air up in the Swiss mountains, and my throat was so dry from all the goings on, that my voice had a growling husky tone that Smokey Robinson would have envied.

Still the rest of my trip was amazing and just as eventful as that fateful moment, and I thought I would share my amazing July 2010 trip to Switzerland (or Soozie-Land as my mother calls it).

So we started off in InterlakenOst, heading in from Milan via Lotschberg-Spiez. I was exhausted, at this point I was coming from a mini-tour of Italy. Stayed at ‘Funny Farm’ Hostel…nothing funny about the place, except for the guy, who at 2am, thought he was sharing a room with us, and tried to gain entry. He was ejected! Interlaken was a beautiful beginning to the trip. Check out some pics below.

Second day and off to the tallest mountain in Europe we go, ‘Jungfrau’ here we come. We took a train up, and the journey was breathtaking. So many beautiful scenes. The mountain was ice capped and freezing cold, whilst down below it was a hot sunny day.

There was an ice carvings area inside the Jungfrau Mountain resort, it was incredibly cold and very slippery, but well worth visiting. The tunnel which lead to it was pritty ominous!

Swiss Francs… what a currency! Hardly any difference in rate to the Great British Pound, but that’s where the similarity ends, for when it comes to design, colour and texture it was far from the smiley Queeny notes I was used to. I liked the designs though! The coinage was confusing to use, I normally let the shop keeper pick the relevant coins from the fistful I was clutching… who knows how much they robbed off my ignorance? lol

One thing I did on this trip was confront my fear or heights. I have issues with step ladders, so taking a seat in a cable car and ascending to the mountain range of Grindelwald-First, was quite a feat! The scenes were breathtaking, you could hear Swiss cows with their neck bells clanging in the distance, lots of exclamations of ‘WOW’ from my friends and I, so the journey was actually quite calming and pleasant.


Oh I am a daredevil too, didn’t you know? Well let me tell you just how crazy this trip got, it wasnt all singing in the mountains and eating great Swiss chocolate.

I also went on an adventure in Lauterbrunnen. A village-town famous for its waterfalls, 62 in total! As my friends and I toured the quaint area, a storm erupted out of nowhere, so we took shelter by a wooden lodge. The rain and the wind picked up, and so did my adrenaline levels. I suggested taking the path up to the waterfall, where you could go into a tunnel which led you directly under it. My friends agreed to my folly and off we went. Soaking wet, freezing cold but laughing the whole way. We trekked up in flip-flops and carrying bags of souvenirs, entered into this dark ominous tunnel which led us through and into the mountain. We saw the waterfall rise up into the air as the wind-swept it up, the clouds descended and we had a great time looking out across the beautiful village. We eventually braved the trip down, literally sliding the whole way. An unforgettable experience!

Luzern was one of the stops in the trip. A city of music it seems. There were bands, singers and instrument players on every street. The weather was fantastic and the town had a very relaxed feel, which the melodious sounds added to. There was a wooden bridge that traversed the river which runs through it. It was lined with flowers and covered in written messages, they mostly were on the lines of ‘so and so loves so and so forever’… I wonder how soon many of them split up after writing those? There was also a world war memorial there too, which was peaceful and serene. It was nice to go there, and see how respectful everyone was at the area.

I spent some time in Zurich too, which I have to say I didn’t enjoy so much. I think having spent so long in the countryside, going into a city felt a little claustrophobic, and underwhelming. So I didn’t explore it much, but I did manage to see creative confectionary treats being crafted by Master Chocolatiers of Switzerland! That alone was worth the trip. I was explained some of the interesting techniques used to create the right consistency for pouring chocolate, how certain designs were done and textures created. Enjoy the pics, yes the chocolate was GOOD ;-P

So that was a brief summary of why I am better than Julie Andrews and why you should consider visiting the amazing-ness that is Switzerland. I had an unforgettable time there, and have had a really good time recounting some of my trip with you all.

Thank You!

Yours Truly

Zishaan ‘ZuZu’ Shafi

  1. Great trip. Switzerland is an amazing country that everyone, who has the chance, should surely visit.

    Your writing as well as accompanying images do a great job of describing what was a fun and informative journey.

    Keep it up.

  2. lifewith4cats says:

    I really enjoyed your photos. Especialy those ice sculptures

  3. I found you through the forums today! I like your blog and I love Switzerland! I was there for New Year’s Eve this past year. We stayed in Bern. I should actually write a post about my time there, it was spectacular. all the best and happy blogging.

  4. luna15 says:

    i will put you on my page, but you should really also add some of your poetry to jingle poetry, and promising poets parking lot. I have to post a poem for jingle poetry tonite, and i am out tomorrow, so i will add swunday, if I can’t sneak to my site today. cool?

    love and light,




    • Thank you so much for your support and your comment, I will definitely come by and share on Jingle Poetry! 🙂 I’ll add links to my next Poem entry too, to encourage people to visit JP.com 🙂

  5. Jackie Paulson Author says:

    I love you blog but the chocolate really had me! yes the photo’s are Outstanding. I don’t get the chance to travel much so this is a wonderful post for those like me.

    • The chocolate tasted amazing! I dont have much of a sweet tooth, (guess thats expected being a Dental Proffessional), but soon as I tasted it, I was in Heaven! lol.. Thanks for stopping by Jackie 🙂

  6. I really liked the Julie Andrews bit. It was funny. After seeing your pics, I really want to go there – the green in some of your photos was stunning. Cool!

  7. Haroon says:

    Amazing read and pics my friend. I almost felt like i was with you on the trip. 🙂 update more often!

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