Swiss Timing

Trip Start Dec 22, 2009
Trip End Sep 23, 2010

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Marie's place

Flag of Switzerland  , Zürich,
Tuesday, June 1, 2010

It was almost exactly one year ago when two German backpackers stayed with me in Perth - Marie and Babs were my first couchsurfers, and turned out to be a great couple of mates whose trip around Australia rivals my own experience of the land downunder. With the tables turned, and me now the one with the pack, a catch up on the other side of the world was definitely in order. 
Marie has re-located to Zurich, so when I spoke of my visit to Europe it was decided that a visit to Switzerland was the only way to catch up, and hey, I wasn't complaining - maybe Rodger Federer would leap out from a Tag Heur shop and shout me a watch. We convinced Babs to come down from Munich and join the party - so come Friday night there we all were, a year later sitting in Zurich and re-living Aussie tales of mosquitos and adventure. 
In order to celebrate we decided hard liquor was the only option, so red wine soon turned to grappa which soon turned to...2am and the idea that making a documentary on my camera was a great one. So we did, and it's one home movie that (while difficult to understand) will make me laugh for years. 
Saturday morning was a slight struggle, but watching our video over and over soon lifted the spirits, as did the fact that we had decided to watch Sex and the City 2 (finally I had found a cinema which shows the film in English), so we set off to have a look around the town and hit the movies. The first thing that struck me about Zurich is how ordered everything is - trains run to the second, houses are all steel and box looking, trees and streets are impeccable - over all it seems like a pretty tightly run ship. We had a look at the cute part of town - small streets and funky shops, then checked out the river front which is really nice. We then spent an incredibly enjoyable 2 hours in the dark laughing at the corny but effective lines in the film. A funny thing is in Switzerland they have a break half way through movies... I didn't know if I liked this or not...I don't think so. 
After the film we headed home and cooked up a barbecue on the balcony with Marie's housemate and her friend, and took it a little easier than we had the night before. 
Sunday we planned to go hiking, but (like the majority of May) it was raining, so a hike wasn't a great idea. Instead we set off in Bab's car for the Rheinfalls - a MASSIVE waterfall North of Zurich near Schaffhausen. It turned out to be a great day - the falls were amazing and we caught a ferry over to the huge lookout point where we got sprayed by the power of the falls. There were fish jumping out of the water which looked really funny, I don't know why they were even bothering there was no way they were going anywhere. 
After a long while marvelling at the falls, we headed home and cooked up some lunch, then it was time to wave goodbye to Babs who was off home to Munich. 
Monday I had a look around the city some more - I walked along the famous expensive shopping street (although I must say everything in Zurich seems expensive), then went around the river and checked out some cool yachts and Zurich's neatly manicured parks. 
It was then shopping time (of the food variety) as I was cooking dinner for my roomies and a friend of Marie's who happened to be a fellow Perthie, so of course a meeting had to take place. 
Turns out the Perth boy works for Google, so not only did my laptop get a checkup and makeover, we scheduled a tour of the famous Google office in Zurich for the following morning before I would catch the train to Italy. Being a public blog I won't go into details of the tour for fear of Google spies taking me down for leaking information, but I will say it was incredible, and I will never look at any workplace in the same light again. 
Following the whirlwind tour it was train time - Italy here I come!! 
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