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Not much to “report” on today as we spent most of the day traveling.

Drove 2 1/2 hours from Berchtesgaden (leaving 8 am) to Munich to return the rental car, then walked to Hbf to wait for the train from Munich to Zurich. As before, there was a large traffic jam on one side of the German/Austrian border where there seems to be a requirement for trucks to pass through customs, but also cars were going thru to pay a toll? We didn’t know whether we have a toll pass, but went on through to Munich. Had we gone thru that mess, we would have lost at least an hour.

The scenery from Munich to Switzerland was gently rolling countryside with a lot of forests and farms (with corn still growing). Being Sunday, there were a lot of people out around the smaller towns riding bicycles, sunning themselves on a river bank or in some of the small lakes, jogging or riding horses. I even saw a marathon being conducted with the water stands set up along the way. In sum, enjoying life!

This was a 4 1/2 hr trip, arriving shortly before 5 pm.

We walked the ~1 mile from the train station to our hotel. The weather was nice, but warm. By the time we reached the hotel, the air conditioning felt soooo good! We’ve stayed here before and it’s a very nice hotel.

Arriving on Sunday, nothing is open for dining except some few expensive cafes. We tried going to the Migros market that was supposed to be open 24 hours, but it wasn’t. Our alternate was McDonald’s! This has to be the most expensive place to buy anything and a Big Mac was $7.55 , almost twice the US price of $3.99. For two Big Macs, 1 French fry snd 1 medium drink, the total was $22.55. Outrageous, but we’ve always known Zurich was extraordinarily expensive.

Tomorrow we plan to take the train out to Luzern.

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