I’m emerging from the World Cup this week. After a long month of late night soccer game watching, and a great time last weekend celebrating the German victory with some German friends (how better to enjoy it, right?), life is back to normal around here. Today, I wanted to share an example of the high Swiss prices that I think will resonate with Americans (and which will make it clear why eating out is a special treat!): Subway sandwiches. In the […]
Experiencing the food culture is one of my favorite ways to get to know a place. I love sampling the local favorites, learning what’s in the grocery stores, and seeing the seasonal changes. Here in Zurich, we have been enjoying asparagus season. Of course, asparagus is a common feature of spring in the US as well, but they really get excited about it here. Every grocery store has a prominent display of local white and green asparagus–and every restaurant has a special asparagus […]
Governor and I went on the prettiest walk today while on a doggie play date with his friend Henry (and my friend Becky). We walked around Greifensee, with the Alps watching over us from a distance. The mountains are just gorgeous, and my usual walking routes don’t provide me a glimpse, so it was a nice treat. It reminds me of living in Seattle, when Mount Rainier would appear out of the clouds. Of course, it is like having a […]
We took a lovely hike today, starting with a train and bus ride to Unterägeri and ending in Walchwil. Given low clouds and how early we are in the season, we didn’t want to go too high in altitude. But the beauty of hiking in Switzerland is that there is a route available in any direction you choose. And it will be well-marked (wanderweg means trail in English), well-maintained, and probably have plenty of amenities (benches, natural springs, public barbecues, […]
Today is grey, cold and rainy here. It is also Sechseläuten, a Zurich festival that has welcomed summer for the last few centuries, and the day when a snowman will predict the summer weather–a bit like the famous American groundhog Punxsutawney Phil. Sechseläuten translates to “ringing six,” referencing the historical change from winter to summer work hours (i.e., the day ended at 6 pm, marked by ringing church bells). While work hours no longer shift, the festival remains. This afternoon a parade of guild members in historical dress will […]
The warm days have started to outnumber the cool ones, and between now and mid-May the summer attractions are dusting off the winter cobwebs and opening their doors. A few days ago, Scott and I went to season opening weekend at the Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum. Located about an hour’s drive from Zurich, high in the mountains, the museum consists of a collection of buildings representing historical rural life in the various regions of Switzerland. As you wander the trails, you might pass […]
On the Zurich lakefront, swans, ducks, pigeons, and all of our dog’s other favorite winged creatures congregate. There is a statue there that I like to think of as an overly dramatic feeding of the ducks–which is no less ridiculous than what I think it actually is: a naked boy dancing with an eagle.