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May 14

A Day in Basel, Switzerland + WIAW

When in Rome…

 

Or Basel.  Whatever.

On my first full day in Basel, Lucie took me on adventures fit for a blogger!  But first we began in a predictable way… taking pictures of yogurt bowls before breakfast!

My bowl was goat’s milk yogurt (which Lucie bought special for me!) with cinnamon, Growing Naturals Vanilla Rice Protein, oats, strawberries, cacao nibs, and more of Lucie’s bread.  We took our beautiful bowls outside of a photo shoot in natural light.  Priorities!

Yogurt Bowl photo shoot

 

Then we were off of more biking adventures!  I successfully made it to the outdoor market, but was quite relieved to park the bike for the afternoon while we walked around and shopped.  The outdoor market was really neat.  There were plenty of cured meat and cheese samples, but I was most fascinated by the massive white asparagus (pictured below… as to what it looks liked… I’ll leave you to your own dirty minds ;)).

We also went to the luxury grocery store where I was fascinated by the abundance of edible flowers and an entire WALL of mustard!  Obviously, we were forced to check out the chocolate shop.  There were sheets and sheet of freshly prepared chocolates, along with these cute chocolate and almond “bugs” that looked like little mice.

Basel markets

 

We walked around more, looking among the various clothing shops.  I was excited to see a Swatch watch store in Switzerland. I took a picture, but will spare you.

What’s more interesting is the view from our lunch spot.  We sat outside and watch the Rhine flow by while enjoying salads with grilled chicken.  My request for dressing on the side was met with an odd look by the server, but was accommodated.  Europeans aren’t as open to (used to?) modifications to orders.  #sorryimnotsorry

Lunch on the Rhine

We took the coolest ferry I’ve ever seen back across the river.  It runs along a cord from side to side.  Th movement of the river powers it, with on the turn of the rudder to guide the direction from shore to shore.

Lucie said she hadn’t been on it in years, but it’s well-known in Basel.  You don’t realize how little of the “famous” attractions in your own city you see!  Confession: I’ve actually never been to Atlanta’s aquarium.

Basel Ferry

 

We then hurried back to Lucie’s flat for a snack and a brief rest before Crossfit.  Yes, I did Crossfit.  The WOD was double-unders and snatches.  I proved to everyone that I suck at jumping rope, but I consider just surviving the bike ride there a “win.”  Win #2 was teaching Lucie the American meaning of snatch.  My snatch hurt from the biking!

We had fun with a post-workout photoshoot too.  Snatches, kettle ball swings, and a little monkeying around:

Crossfit - snatch

Check out my snatch!

Kettle Swings

Crossfit Monkey

 

Then came My favorite part: refueling!!!  We went to an Argentinean grill, Hinterhof, on Lucie’s friend’s recommendation.  I have to admit being hesitant about going for Argentinean food in Switzerland… but it was fantastic!  It was a lot of fun getting to meet Lucie’s friends, too.

After that WOD, we deserved some delicious meat.  #TWSS

Hinterhof

Hinterhof patio

Beautiful rooftop patio

This is what happens when you leave your camera to go to the bathroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So there you have it – a WIAW in the life of a Swiss traveller.  Minus a few snacks… too busy experiencing to picture it all!  Remember to check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!WIAWbutton

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I’m off to Zermatt today – I can’t believe it’s almost over!

Do you ever go to the popular attractions in your hometown?  I need to be better in ATL!

What happens when you leave your camera/phone unattended among friends?

 

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  1. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    OMG, the pic of Tom……I completely forgot about that. SO scary, LOL.
    I was about to make jokes abou the asparagus, but I hesitated, as I thought you would believe bad of me. How wrong was I….. :-)
    Though I am thankful about the snatch elucidation!!!

    1. Laura

      Did you REALLY think I’d be offended by asparagus jokes?! Hahahaha!

      I told my trainer about our snatch experience yesterday. ;)

  2. Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    This looks like so much fun! I only do the tourist things in London when I have visitors in town too :)

  3. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    I love when I have out of town guests. It’s a great excuse to play tourist!

  4. Cat

    Ahh Basel looks like my kind of city! I wonder if Lucie would have me visit on day…?! Love the photo of a photo… it’s like Inception ;)

    1. Laura

      Inception <– LOL!

  5. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    I can’t wait for you to visit because it will involve kangaroo and phallic asparagus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’ll also take advantage of your phone ;)

    1. Laura

      I’ll take the kangaroo, but you can have my asparagus. :P

  6. Tina Muir

    Awesome Laura! I loved the mustard wall! In England we have a lot of types of mustards too, it is funny here to think that there are only a few kinds. Glad you had a wonderful time, and left some room for monkeying around of the exercising type :P

    My friends do a similar thing with selfies…..or post tweets for me!

    1. Laura

      It’s funny – there is a big mustard selection here but it’s more for the various brands. They are so many fun flavors! I did see sweet potato stand at my farmer’s market yesterday though!

  7. Coco

    How fun! I remember asking my French friend how to order the dressing on the side when I went to Paris.

  8. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    I couldn’t even tell you what tourist attractions are in my hometown…there’s maybe a park? Ya, i got nothing…although the closest really big city with attractions is Toronto, and I’ve been up the CN Tower once in my life.

  9. Dietitian Jess

    Trip looks great so far, cant wait to read more! I’ve been to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Rocky Statue…. I believe those are the most cliche Philly tourist spots, but I still really want to go to the Franklin Institute, and Betsy Ross’s house.

    1. Laura

      I loved visiting Philly! You guys have really good food, too. Does that count as a tourist attraction? ;)

  10. RavieNomNoms

    Amazing!!! So exciting!

  11. lindsay

    i miss europe. the culture, the food, the people. And i miss you! but glad you are having a great BREAK–> so needed

  12. Kim

    Sounds like y’all had a super day – full of activity and good food!!
    I’m hoping that guy is a friend of Lucie’s!!!

    1. Laura

      He is. She showed him the post. :)

  13. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    Ah – so much yummy and fun!! What did you think of crossfit? :)

    1. Laura

      You know my feeling on Crossfit… it was a fun change up for a day though!

  14. Nicole @ FruitnFitness

    Sounds like such a fun day! I would have been in heaven with an entire wall of mustard, I eat it on everything. Glad you got to try crossfit!

  15. Lee

    It always cracks me up when people talk about snatches in Crossfit all seriously. I mean, how can you keep a straight face and talk about working on your snatch?

    1. Laura

      The best part was that they didn’t get the implication (I guess snatch is only US slang?), so I got to explain it to everyone. Hahaha!

  16. Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    too much fun!!!! I’m so jealous!

  17. purelytwins

    ahh!! looks like so much fun

  18. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan

    Fun fun fun times!
    Now on to the shocker – you have never been to the Georgia Aquarium???? YIKES!!!

    1. Laura

      I know, I know…

  19. Tiff @ Love Sweat & Beers

    Ha, nice snatch. I’m glad you’re enjoying yourself. I’d looooove to go there sometime.

    1. Laura

      LOL! The best part was getting to explain what snatch means in the US. ;)

  20. Jody - Fit at 56

    Such an amazing experience Laura!!!!!!!!

  21. Choc Chip Uru

    Aaah Switzerland, how gorgeous!!! I wish I could visit there one day and devour all the toblerone :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Laura

      You should! They have chocolates much better than that even!

  22. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    I went to Brussels last year in May, and that white asparagus was everywhere!! So pale and large…hmmm. TWSS. I’d say perhaps I took it too far there, but since you were all about the snatch this post, I figured it was only fitting.

    1. Laura

      As soon as I saw it, Lucie and I had a whole conversation about you. Rumor on the street is that you especially like the big white ones. ;)

      1. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

        I’ll take ‘em anyway I can get ‘em.

  23. Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate

    I knew you ladies would be unstoppable together.

  24. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Omg, the thing about the snatch totally just made my night! Bahahaha!

    I am horrible…I live an hour away from Nashville and I’ve never been to the Grand Ole Opry! But really what makes it worse I guess is that I HATE country music! Haha!

    Admit it, you took that pic of the wall of mustard just for me! ;)

    1. Laura

      We actually talked about you as I took it. :)

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