Overpriced And Not Much Going On

Trip Start Jun 06, 2009
Trip End Aug 31, 2009

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Flag of Switzerland  , Zürich,
Saturday, August 1, 2009

I arrived into Zurich after a 6-hour train ride.  So far my train rides have been pretty uneventful.  I could only buy a 1st Class ticket when I bought my train pass.  1st Class sounds good but I find the clientele there are usually stiffs who don't like the look of my back-pack looking self.  It is usually empty too.  When I think of riding the trains in Europe, I think of something kind of adventurous with amazing scenery and meeting loads of people.  I have met a few people so far but not too many.  And the landscapes have been mediocore at best.  The majority of it has been farmland which looks just like the farmland that I grew up next to.  There have been a few castles and the houses have been quite a bit different too.  A few times I have sat in 2nd Class and it wasn't that much worse than 1st Class.  Just smaller seats and at times it is hot as hell.  But that was in Greece and everywhere was hot.  But the ride from Salzburg to Zurich was really amazing.  We were basically in the valley of some huge mountains the entire time which was cool.  I could have sat there all day and watched the mountains pass by. 

I made it to Zurich and it was late in the evening.  I checked into my really overpriced private room hostel and set out for some dinner.  The place seems to be like Singapore.  I even remember reading a comparision to the city-state.  I think it is right on.  The place is just a bunch of outdoor restaurants and high-end stores with a river running down the middle.  There really isn't much to see for the average tourist unless you want to shop till you drop.  With my rapidly depleting funds, shopping isn't an option.  But the evening was filled with a butt-load of people on the streets and partying pretty hard.  There were about 3 sets of professional-grade fireworks shows going off all around the city at the same time.  Apparently it was their Independance day and it fell on a Saturday.  So that meant lots of partying.  I was really surprised on how many fireworks were going off around the city.  While I was getting an evening vanilla shake, I saw some stooge shooting pretty big fireworks straight into a building with no remorse.  I thought the city was going to burn because there were a ton of fireworks going off everywhere.  The fireworks were supposed to be over by 11pm but I saw some fireworks from my window going off right over the river in the middle of the city.  These weren't ordinary fireworks either.  They were the professional ones that you would think only licensed individuals could buy.  But maybe you can buy the big stuff when you turn 18 here.  Who knows?  They went on for about 10 minutes too. 

My first full day wasn't too eventful.  I pretty much walked around for a while bored out of my mind.  I've come to the point of saturation with sub-par museums and churches.  If it isn't cream of the crop, why bother?  After awhile, they all start to blend in.  Since it was a Sunday, everything was closed.  The city's #1 tourist attraction is a "A beautiful shopping street" which I walked in the pouring down rain.  To tell you the truth it didn't appeal to me as I didn't want to buy anything and if I did, it was all closed.  It seemed the whole city was shut-down.  Not because it was post Independance day, but because I guess they really use their Sunday's to relax.  I did use the day to plan out my next 2 weeks of traveling.  Which allows me to buy a few tickets in advance instead the day prior of day of. 

Bottom Line: Zurich Sucks instead you want to spend money.  PASS
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