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 […]
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 […]
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.
Earlier this week, I lost my wallet. I had it at the grocery store, and then 15 minutes later at the bus stop, it was gone. I retraced my steps but found nothing. What a drag! I’ve never lost my wallet before. After a few moments of horror, I resigned myself to the work that now faced me. I got home, called the credit card companies, and then started researching how to manage the other losses–most notably, my Swiss identification […]
I’ve heard that the Swiss pride themselves on the cleanliness and quality of the water available in their public drinking fountains–and I’ve seen many people using them, so there must be something to it. (Note: you drink the water coming out of the spout, of course, not the water sitting in the basin.) What I love most is that so many of them are really beautiful! You find them in public squares, parks, and on random street corners. And, as […]
We’ve now been in Switzerland for about five months. Five! In some ways it’s hard to believe it has been that long, but we really do feel pretty established, and that takes time. I’ve taken a bit of an unexpected break from blogging. There was no particular reason for it–I’ve always enjoyed updating the blog, but just needed a little break while we settled into our new home. So I thought I’d share some of the things we’re loving about […]
We went to a hockey game this past week, watching the ZSC Lions take on the Rapperswil Lakers. I haven’t been to a hockey game in years, but it was a lot of fun. The Swiss hockey league is quite good. In fact, the ZSC Lions beat the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009 for some sort of international cup. And the Lions won! One of the things I thought was a bit funny–the music in the arena was almost identical to […]
I’m back! Our visas came through, our flight was booked, and nearly two weeks ago we landed in Zurich. The first days have passed quickly, filled with errands, paperwork, and exploration. We’re living in an apartment in Kreis 4 (district 4). Our furniture hasn’t yet even left Brazil (!), so we’re living with rental furniture. But we’re happy to already be in our permanent home, and not temporary housing. Governor has adjusted nicely; he likes to sit on our balcony […]