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Our Swiss Role
evertonfc.com , 9th July 2008 - 09:18
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evertonfc.com has arrived safely in Switzerland!
But what a journey to get to our Alpine mountain base and join the players, manager and coaching staff.
Matthew Gamble and I met at Liverpool John Lennon Airport and duly forked out the extra money for the excess baggage we were taking on the flight to Geneva.
There are a few pieces of equipment that we could stash in our own luggage bag but a TH-650 professional tripod and a television-quality Sony V1 camera had to be checked in separately!
One advantage of sitting next to Matthew on a flight is that you are guaranteed swift and restful sleep and, sure enough, midway through our first airborn conversation I went out like a light.
The bumpy landing in Geneva woke me up with a start but all in all it was an uneventful trip from Speke to the Alps.
However, with regards to our final destination we were only half-way there because there was a two hour train journey waiting for us after we’d passed through Swiss customs.
There was no danger of the train to Sierre being late either!
Seemingly every billboard advertisement in this neck of the woods is for some sort of timepiece.
Two hours on board it may have been but there can be few more pleasant regions on the planet to be on a train. The scenery from the window of the first-class carriage (until we were rumbled by a Dickie Davies look-a-like guard) was breathtaking.
The hotel very kindly provided on a driver to collect us from Sierre railway station and there were more superb real life picture postcards to enjoy as we weaved our way up the mountain on another half-hour journey.
If you can imagine the drive along the M62 from The Rocket to Manchester being uphill all the way, it gives you an idea of just how high up the mountain we are!
After tea, we set about our business.
Jack Rodwell has kindly offered to be our diarist for the week, Dave Billows did an interview about the fitness schedule this week, Phil Jagielka spoke about his aims for the season and Lukas Jutkiewicz revealed how he hopes to progress.
The Dave Billows interview had to be filmed in two separate locations after Nuno Valente spotted us underneath his balcony and amused himself by throwing socks and water at us!
Oh, and I did a ‘live’ interview with Alan Jackson for BBC Radio Merseyside that was worth the license fee alone!
It’s been hectic but there’s more of the same in store tomorrow.
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