It’s so long, too long we didn’t do anything together… I mean just the two of us. The kid just left to celebrate with her close friends the end of their last school year together. Tough high school admission exams separated their funny gang and we thought we’d organize for them a nice way to say goodbye. A “nice way” in teenagerspeak doesn’t include parents so this is why we were now so disoriented, suddenly wondering what to do with all these hours of free time. I didn’t even know what to say; she saved the day proposing a surprise trip to the nearby lake. No, not the lake of Zurich, too crowded, too boring, too all-day. We should go to the Greifensee, maybe a bit farther away but without the whole city traffic. Said and done, soon after we were walking towards the small leisure port on the lake and its terraces bathed in summer heat, when I had this brilliant idea to rent two free bikes from the nearby stand. “Whaaaat”, said she, “look at me, in the fancy street dress and, and, and I didn’t ride a bike since I was the age of my daughter…” I must concede, her opposition was full of arguments, but she presented them with too little energy so there we went, pedaling along the lake on less and less crowded paths. The trees along the paths helped a bit ease the reality that we forgot to bring along some drinks, after all when it got really hot we just dipped our feet in the nearby water for a minute or two, watched with envy casual swimmers splashing around (swimsuits, forgot ‘em too), waved those too friendly insects away then rode on in the heat, between corn and wheat fields (no circles, we checked). What should I say more? It was good, it was great, it was fresh, even though it doesn’t seem much now that I look back. The Usterbräu Original pale lager, brewed just across the lake (not visible in the pictures) crowned our surprise trip. Rather light, with a hint of the green grasses we just stepped on, very little bitter and with less yeasts than the usual Swiss brews, it matched perfectly our mood: happy, relaxed, smooth… did I just describe the beer, or the afternoon?