Basel Switzerland - Into The Wild

Trip Start Jan 30, 2008
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Trip End Feb 20, 2008


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Saturday, February 9, 2008

We left Italy about 6 am for a 7 hr drive and a show back up in the city of Basel, Switzerland. The best thing about Basel, is not basel itself but the drive there from Italy. We came up through the Alps, the same road we'd been on 2 nights ago, only this time, we could see it. Amazing drive and incredible Lord Of the Rings type scenery as we made our way through the valleys and tunnels of the Swiss Alps.
We got to Basel late in teh afternoon and went straight to the venue named Sommercasino. And no, its not like casino like in vegas, its like casino as in abandoned building in basel switzerland.
We loaded in, I did what i do, et up a merch booth and we did our thing. A small crowd but a great night.
The day was long though..and the memories of the swiss alps were starting to be erased by the fact that it was 1am and the Bud-viser we were drinking was making us all sick.
We went to check into a hotel, provided by the venue and when we arrived, we were greeted with 2 rooms with a bunkbed in each, no floorspace and there were 8 of us. I couldnt deal with the situation so i asked the front desk for another room and i returned were the words, SOLD OUT!
While we all stared at each other in the hall, I was really too tired for this and i made up my mind....Im in Switzerland in February and I am sleeping in the goddamn van..Goodnight everyone!!!!!!
Horrible idea. I don't know the temps that night, but it was freezing. Snowman, and myself did it though...he took the front, and i took the back. It was like sleeping in a refrigerator.
I woke up (for the 33rd time) and the sun was starting to come up. I had fought off going to the bathroom all night because it was way to cold outside.
I finally decided I couldnt sleep anymore so i climbed out of the van, and to my surprise, we werent where we were when we went to sleep, the Hotel parking lot, but i was standing on a dirt road in a wooded area. OH NO....my first thought...Ive been kidnapped!
I turned around to see if Snowman was still in the front, And before i could even get my head around, the van was on and Snowman was popped up in his chair...
Where the hell are we? I asked
I had to drive the van last night to warm it up!!!! he responded
thank god! I thought I was kidnapped (actually, why would anyone want to kidnap me in switzerland)
Snowman and i took a ride to get some coffee and all we could think about was the rest of them, in their beds, warm, and sleeping. So we came back to our dirt road and popped open his laptop in the front seat and settled in to one of the greatest movies ever made. Smokey and the Bandit
But we had done it, just like Alexander Supertramp would have. We slept in the van in February in Switzerland. It was miserable..torture but it was done...now we just had to wait for everyone elseto get up so we could drive to Frankfurt. We had a long way to go, and a short time to get there!!!

For more pictures of the Basel show..check out this Swiss site
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