Souvenirs From Switzerland

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When Fessi and Sylvia visited in March of this year we discovered that Sylvia collected refrigerator magnets.  Now to most people this wouldn't sound all that unusual, neither did we.
What we didn't realize, is just how serious Sylvia was about her magnets.  She collected all shapes, sizes and colors of the things and it kind of became entertaining to watch her come out of a store in Vegas with over $90.00 in refrigerator magnets.
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Absolutely Painless
Absolutely Painless
After Fessi and Sylvia left for home, Teri and I started to think about exactly what kind of souvenirs or shall we say "Refrigerator Magnets" we would like to bring back from Switzerland.
After reading an article somewhere about sailors during World War II getting tattooed at the various ports of call that they visited, we thought hey why not?  Besides, the article also mentioned a different kind of souvenir that sailors often brought home with them that had to be treated with penicillin and we figured that we were looking for a slightly different reminder of our trip.
Anyway....we emailed Fessi and bounced our idea off him and he set us up with a tattoo shop in Schlieren just down the hill from Uitikon.
We had our appointment for Sunday after we returned from the Free Willi Run in Germany but we stopped by on Friday before we left to meet Willy who owns the shop with Ula his wife and talk about what kind of design we wanted.
Teri wanted to have an Edelweiss the Swiss national flower put in a band around her arm.  Ula drew up the transfer that also included Enzian flowers beside the Edelweiss with a cross below.
She Didn't Feel A Thing
The Edelweiss flower is native to the alps and grows only above 2,000 meters in elevation and it's extremely rare.  Not to mention that the Swiss government frowns on you picking one should you find it.
Mike drew up a scene of the Matterhorn with a castle at its base and a Swiss flag flying in front of the castle for Joe.
We had both been in a few tattoo shops in the U.S. but we weren't prepared for the shall we say "style" of Swiss tattoo shops.
Willy and Ula's shop is immaculately clean with a separate lobby from the tattoo rooms.  When you walk in Willy will offer you refreshments (nonalcoholic) and sit down with you to talk about your ideas for a design.
One of the rules of the shop is NO ALCOHOL before you get your work done.  Afterwards, no problem and Willy just happened to have these cute little cans of Løwenbrau (half liters) to relax with.
Once Mike and Ula had finished the transfers we were off to our respective rooms to start the process.  The tattoo rooms themselves are surrounded by mirrors so you don't have to go to the chiropractor to get your neck fixed from trying to watch the work in progress.  That and Willy makes sure that you have your remote for the stereo, TV (German language only) and that your glass never gets empty.
I Hope This Thing Doesn't Wash Off!!
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We were both very impressed with the shop and everybody there.  It's almost a foregone conclusion that when we return to visit Fessi and Sylvia we'll have to get another souvenir to bring home.
Needless to say we were a little tender for a couple of days but the results were worth it.  I doubt very few people these days bring home souvenirs that they won't wind up dusting or shoving in a box somewhere.
Many thanks to Willy, Mike and Ula.
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