February 10 2012 (Friday), Switzerland St.Gallen @ Rümpeltum

Damo Suzuki with Backseat Rhythm : Marco Egger (Drums), Corsin Fuchs (Bass) and Philippe Meier (Guitar)

http://rumpeltum.ch/

Last year ended Network performance in Switzerland and this year begun in Switzerland. This offer came quite rush.
Landed at Zurich Airport, through to baggage claim you may see many PR of famous and gorgeous watches on the way. Actually history of watch making in Switzerland has begun 17th, 18th century, farmers wanted to do something in long winter period. So, they found Watch making as side business and became world famous. Swiss made on precision fields, is the world leader and trustable. Swiss is an inventive: Chocolate, Chemical Products (among them LSD, ha?), every boy’s Swiss made Knife and sure Cheese!! Many ideas and playful (like Japan). This few years even breeding sturgeon to get high quality caviar. Also seems to be cannabis land number one (percentage of inhabitant who smokes), Quality is as good as other products in this country.

Somehow Swiss made means quality.

Early morning flight is boring.

Woke up short before 4:00, drive through Autobahn that wasn’t like ice way. We have very cold winter since a week, but this part of Germany there is no snow. Cold and dry.

I’ve a friend Rainer is his name in Uzwil, is a cousin of late M.Karoly. Last time he said If I come next time I should stay one extra day. After four or five stations from Zürich Airport station, I reached Uzwil by train. Rainer was waiting for me drive me with his few months old new VW bus (He is a camper) He took a day off to spend the time with me. Drop at supermarket get some stuff for breakfast. Actually I don’t go to supermarket that often, but if you’re in foreigner country, I think it’s worth to visit (not only buy), you’ll find something different from your country. Living Standards, Taste, etc….even politic, there is always something to develop.

Rainer moved out of his old apartment and lives now in house, shared with young lady named Sabrina. Enough space. Outside is all covered in snow.

I took a bit relax and sleep. During the time, came chimney sweep, Repairman for water as hosts moved to here few weeks before, so Rainer asked me if I was able to sleep. Even didn’t sleep well, main thing is that my body did relax.

Alfred, a Greek, a Rainer’s Companion at his work, He has his parents living in Tesaloniki. They visited me when I performed there few years ago. Since long Greece is in crisis. Hope his parents are well.

The venue is opened for two days a week, every Wednesday open kitchen, and foods for 5 Swiss Francs. It’s autonomy venue, actually it’s not regal. Anyhow police like it as punks don’t hanging around anywhere in the city they comes here. Easy to control, ha?

The Backseat Rhytm, a local three-piece band was tuff, we performed together a set for two hours and they wanted to perform more and audience get together.

Next day, Rainer and his friend, photograph Rene took me to Appenzell, 20 minutes drive from Uzwil. Appenzell is a winter sport resort.

There is Long Skiing Path under lighting system. People in Apenzell are small like you said Rainer, their houses so small house, only 180cm high. And woman had no right for election until 1986, latest place for woman election right in Europe.

I like pocket watches, I found one I like in show window. Don’t think twice I bought this even cap with Swiss Flag wasn’t not a real my taste…I’m not against Switzerland just may works kitschy.

Appenzell is very famous for cheese.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appenzeller_(cheese)

We visited Show Cheese, where you can see process of cheese making. Off course there is a cheese shop even you can try fresh cheese of the day. I wanted to bring this back to Cologne, but I have to eat it on same day, a friendly lady at the shop told me, what’s pity! It’s taste a bit like hard tofu.

http://www.schaukaeserei.ch/en/about-us/genossenschaft-appenzeller-schaukaeserei.html

Another companion of Rainer, Christoph invited us with some other friends for Raclette evening. Raclette is beside cheese fondue, one of a Swiss national food.

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raclette

It makes quite full stomach like cheese fondue.

So, I slept not that good.

Next morning Rainer said also same thing.

I’ve been telling you how impossible is der Bahn (German rail) many times. This time happened by SBB wagon. Actually this train brings me directly Basel back to Cologne. I found no wagon that I reserved seat. SBB man told me that wagon is not connected to other wagons as they found damage. No problem, train is really empty, easy to find free seat anyway, after I took myself in Feeding Wagon, a first try in SBB. It’s quite expensive like other things in Switzerland. Anyway after while waiter informed me that I have to change train at Freiburg as they found roof leak at one wagon.

So, Basel – Cologne is not direct..a comfortable travel like on my plan. I had to change train at Freiburg then at Mannheim…