Switzerland. What a crazy little country! Home of three different languages (French, German and Italian) where spitting on the ground is forbidden and people have personal vaults in their homes.
Only a few minutes into driving through the country you’re greeted with sprawling hills covered with vinyards, I mean COVERED. No matter how steep the hill these folks cover every square foot with grape vines. I stayed in Neuchâtel for the first day, houses built from the bottom of the mountain right to the top, you can look up no matter where you are and see houses built father up than you are. We rode some street spots there before the rain started and forced us into a mostly covered marble ledge spot. I managed to really give my knee a really good smack and couldn’t ride much after that.
We returned to the house where we were staying (Merci Fabrice!) and ate some pizza and called it a night, tomorrow we drive to Montreux for the scooter contest there!
If I thought Neuchatal was beautiful I was NOT ready for Montreux. This place is exactly how I thought Switzerland would be like. Even more mountainous than Neuchatal and amazing cobblestone and architecture no matter where you look. You really get a sense of the wealth here, everything is clean and the people very orderly. I felt like I had to be on my best behavior at all times.
The first day of the competition started really shitty for me cause I was getting hurt every 20 mins but I eventually got in the zone enough to string a pretty good line togther. I qualified for the finals but got later came in last hahah! Had so much fun and really stoked I met some of the Venture and HooTigh crews , they were my style just kicking it and smoking whenever and wherever. Real laid back style but they are monsters on a scooter.
We desided to go to Lyon to film there and I have to say it has some of the coolest street on the go right now. I spent the whole day riding and we drove back to Paris so I could catch my Amsterdam train.
I just arrived here today and I can already feel it all coming back to me. Dodging bicycles, humans, cars, trams and buses is pretty gnarly this deep into tourist season but I made it though day 1 un harmed!
I have a huge post saved in my MacBook about the past week but unfortunately it’s dead and the power converter I brought wont fit the circle outlets here in France (Switzerland worked fine…) but I’m off to Amsterdam today so I’ll have the post up as soon as I can, what an amazing trip this has been so far!
I’m here in Montreal in what is probably the coolest airport bar of all time. Think of “Night at the Roxbury” mixed with LSD. The walls and tables in this place all have colored LED lights in them that change color every now and then with chrome bar stools and super nice dudes bringing the drinks. Oh and spanish salsa music to top it off! Perfect place to spend my 4 hour layover!
I went to the bar and ordered the only “white” beer they had on tap which is a beer called “Cheval Blanc”, which if you no knowledge of french means “White Horse”. This is particulary funny if you’re from Newfoundland becuase of our local beer named “Black Horse” which is as hardcore as beers go back home. Unlike Black Horse this stuff is smooth and really hitting the spot. I would say it’s just as good as Rickards White! I should probably try to eat something here as well because I know the in flight meal is going to suck balls.
I’m trying to prepare myself for the long ass flight ahead of me, I’m probably going to watch a movie and try to read until I can fall asleep or something, I have to keep as much battery power in my phone as possible so I have some kind of crutch when I land in Paris.
Anyway, I’m going to chill and enjoy these lovely beers, see you soon Paris!