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a shelterhut with a great view, but quite windy
On your hiking maps you might find plenty of shelter-huts in the mountains, BUT don't count on them too much ! Most of them might be good for a short break in nasty weather, BUT as a place to spend the night they will mostly be totally out of question :
1) the interior is made in a way that makes sleeping there almost impossible : narrow, rough and simple benches will make it impossible to spend the night there.
2)Most of these huts will also be used as toilets by sheep and cows and there is a terrible smell inside
3)You never know, how many hikers had the same idea to rest inside the hut you are heading to
I saw various such shelter-huts and only close to bachalpsee there were a few that had a door-system that would no animals enable to walk inside of them.
The hut on my main picture had a perfect view - see my other picture - BUT it was totally open at the other side and used as toilet not only by cows...
When taking the cablecars or cog-wheel-trains to the mountains of Switzerland take good hiking-shoes instead of your Manolo Blahniks,then you will be able to smile for some of the funny "trafic-signs" like the one on my main picture: Many of the paths are slippery sometimes, you will have to step through alpine pastures, solid rocks and loose gravel - all of that is not really a good place to show your latest fashion-shoes...
Be careful, when hiking at glaciers in wintertime : For some people it is not always easy to understand, why you would not be allowed to leave the marked paths on top of Jungfraujoch. You may see great crevasses there nearby and plenty of foot-prints of other tourists leading there as well...
I made my pics in a large distance !
Please keep in my mind, that any rescue-activities have to be payed by the incautious tourists, and most of the insurances will not pay anything, when you had left the ordinary mountain-paths !!
Some chocolate and an extra bottle of water makes always sense, because when hiking you never know how long you will have to wait for help in case of an emergency or when you are forced to get shelter in an empty mountain-hut because it is that foggy or raining outside that you cannot see, where you are going.
Bottles of the light PET-material are the best - you will not feel them, when they are empty, and you may re-fill them at many natural fountains on your way - the quality of the mountain-water is always excellent in Switzerland and the cheapest mineral water you may buy in a vending-machine is 2 sfr., mostly it is even more expensive.
Cablecar to Schilthorn
When I follow the discussions in the VT-forum I see that many tourists have the feeling it is the best to reserve a seat for mountain-trains etc. a long time in advance.
The only one who will be happy about that is your travel-agent, who takes a lot of extra money and you will have to take that train at a certain date and time, no matter how the weather is or how sick you are feeling...
In trains like Jungfraubahn you will always catch a seat, especially when you take the first train in the morning. And for the last train down they always have a 2nd train at the same time, because it is their task and interest not to leave anybody behind in the empty station, where the only hotel will be Moenchshuette in a walking distance of more than 1 hour.
Once that you have made a reservation it will be hard to change the date of the ticket, even when maybe the weather would be a lot better tomorrow, but you booked in advance a long time ago for today...
Make your reservations after arrival!
In most of the countries all over Europe you may trust a policeman to be at the side of justice in case of a dispute or conflict. But in some of the East-european countries problems for you might start in the moment , when you call the police !
In these countries policemen have a total authority and you completely depend on their " judgement ", no matter, what the law is saying. So if a policeman once has stated that YOU were guilty of an accident there is no way for you to get your right even when the case is totally clear, that the other car has made a mistake. This is one of the many good reasons, NOT to drive in your own car through Russia
...and so there are countries, where it is advisable, to have some cash handy in order to get some influence on the judgement...
Believe it or not, it really happened to me, while I visited Russia in 2003:
I found 50.000,- $ right in the middle of the Red Square, and it fell out of a bag of someone walking in front of me - it actually was a bundele of a fake 50,-$ notes and a lot of paper behind it wrapped up in cellophane and there was another man beside me, who watched the scene and picked up the money, as soon as he saw, that I did not pick it up myseIf.Instead I told him, to give it back to the "looser", but he simply said to me : ' Lets make 50:50 '
I told him, this is not OK - and I ran after the ' Looser ' and told him, he lost the money, and the other man had it now but the ' looser ' started to shout at me :
WHERE ARE MY 50000,- $ ?
YOU HAVE TAKEN MY 50000,-$ !
Show me YOUR DOLLARS !!!
THIS was the moment , when I realized it was a trick, just to let me show them , where I hide my Dollars - they would have searched my money and would have taken it away, without me even realizing it
I simply replied : I HAVE NO DOLLARS AT ALL
Then I turned around and went away - and when I looked back after 5 seconds - they both were gone
I guess, I confused them somehow :
Plenty of people would take the money or at least accept the 50 : 50 deal - and will be finally robbed of their own money, as soon as they search through their portemonaie
obviously no-one would run after the ' looser ' to tell him, he lost the money
and most people would show their own Dollars, just to proove to be unguilty and I guess, they still have to improove their trick, as it sounded so ridiculously, hearing them speak english with russian accent with each other - and beeing dressed almost the same way made me finally sure, that they belonged together
In some cases the police will be on the scammers side,
in any way the police will not understand anything than russian
and they will start examining YOUR papers first and listen to the version of the story, told by the scammers, who will be able to talk in Russian...
it is a lot better to walk or run away or simply neglect them.
start talking kisuaheli and pretend NOT to understand english or what they are talking about !!
Giants causeway in Northern Ireland
Things are getting better a lot recently that is what a lot of people say about this warning, and still I am sure it makes sense to avoid certain areas and certain discussions especially around July 12th.
Local people will know about the specific dangers, BUT tourists will not : there are places of "historic importance" for some people and you might get into a demonstration or protest-march on a major highway and then you are stuck there and a single wrong word to the wrong person...
I had such a situation, when after a nap on a parking, suddenly the highway to Belfast was completely empty, only police-cars standing on the side, BUT they did not warn me at all, that I was about to drive towards trouble at the next street-crossing....
I was aware of the date, but had no idea where Dumcree would be, it is too small to be mentioned in a map, BUT in the memories of some weird people it is an important place of history and still has to be defended...
Northern Ireland with the Giant causeway and many other attractions is not very far from County Donegal and hopping over the border may be done easily and without any controls !!
Take a closer look at my photos here and you will see that the trains will run on both banks of the river Rhine and only in a few villages they will go inside a tunnel !
NEVER book a hotel that you find in the internet for the Rhine-valley, it might be a hotel like the one on my main picture, I took it on the terrace of a hotel and restaurant in Bacharach. When you simply book a hotel in advance in any town along the river Rhine, it could easily be that you will stay in a hotel, where trains pass by in a distance of just a few meters and you will not be able to sleep, because the Rhine-valley has trains all day and night, every 20-30 minutes and especially at night the heavy cargo-trains will have 40 and more wagons !!
Bacharach for instance has a row of hotels facing the Rhine & the train-line like on my picture. In the back of the village there are places, where the noises are almost gone, simply because a wall of houses makes sure you will not hear any trains. Hotel im Malerwinkel is such a quiet place in Bacharach and the hostel Stahleck inside the castle of course...
Choose your hotel carefully and always ask for the noise-situation before you book, or - even better - go there and see and listen what happens, when the trains are coming !
Click on my link below and read about the "noise-situation" of all the hotels along the river Rhine that I have listed there !
Be carefull, when walking around, the floors of buildings decorated by Friedensreich Hundertwasser are never totally flat, but it was always part of Hundertwasser's concepts, that there are waves on the floor and different sorts of stones, tiles etc. were used!
Just take a look at my photos, it is really not always great fun walking there. Ladies rather should not go there with high heels !
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