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High And ... Wet
evertonfc.com , 9th July 2008 - 11:59
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It's been another busy day for evertonfc.com over here in Switzerland...but it's been very enjoyable nonetheless.
We accompanied the team to the training pitch this morning and watched as the coaching staff put them through their paces in the warm Alpine sunshine.
I even did a bit of running myself in an attempt to get into some sort of shape. My recent holiday photographs have shocked me into doing some worthwhile physical exercise.
Half the photos that include me are now blu-tacked to the fridge door and the others are on the biscuit tin!
The journey from the hotel to the training ground was fabulous. We are using the luxury coach that the Swiss international team used during Euro 2008 and the scenery along the way was simply stunning.
The river that runs through the town here is banked by the most picturesque timber buildings you could ever wish to see and the general landscape looks just like a painting.
I'm not sure I could live here though.
As nice as it is, I think that after a while you'd miss the small things from back home, like women wearing their pyjamas to go to the chippy or being able to buy batteries and after-shave in a city centre pub!
And it's a bit steep over here too - and I don't just mean the prices. The houses, as I've said, are all beautiful but they are all on hills and the paper-boy must have calf muscles like Geoff Capes.
The talk on the bus on the way back centred on the coach-drivers choice of music. It's actually quite good!
He is clearly fond of the 80s and 90s classics and it sparked a conversation about the first record you ever bought.
Mine was ‘Under The Moon of Love' by Showaddywaddy. It was 25p from a record shop and it had no middle in it!
Jimmy Comer first bought ‘Hurry Up Harry' by Sham 69, Danny Donachie's was ‘Tainted Love' by Soft Cell and Leon Osman's was ‘Don't Look Back in Anger' by Oasis.
Later in the afternoon, I had the misfortune to be in the pool at the same time as Ossie. He finished his swim before me and promptly left me high and wet by taking all my stuff from the changing room. I had to wrap myself in a towel and drip through to reception to order a new room key!
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