|Copyright by Pedro Szekely|
At the weekend I was in Zurich to visit my friend Theresa. We met when we both lived in Brussels and we got on right from the minute we saw each other. In January 2012 I moved back to London and I only saw her a month later in London for lunch, but it’s been 2 1/2 years since then. Theresa moved to Maastricht in the Netherlands to study, but is currently on an Erasmus exchange year in St. Gallen. I really had to see her again and as I had to go to Zurich anyway, I thought it would be perfect to meet up.
My flight was very early on Saturday morning, the flight was at 6:10am and because I was so worried to oversleep I didn’t sleep at all. My cab picked me up at 4am and it’s around 25 minutes by car to Gatwick Airport. I checked in and went through security to get to the gates. As I have a Premier account with Barclays, I get an annual membership for Airport Angels and I can access the lounges at most airports with it. I like to use it, it is just perfect to relax, eat and drink a little bit and use WLAN to reply to emails and blog a little bit. On my way to the lounge, I passed the Michael Kors shop and what happened? Well, you can’t resist duty free, can you? So let’s welcome a medium sized quilted Selma! It was love at first sight.
My flight was quite empty, not many people want to fly to Zurich on a Saturday at 6:10 I guess. I sat right by one of the exit doors and nobody was next to me. With lots of coffee and diet coke I tried to keep awake, it worked somehow. Zurich Airport is very modern, clean and efficient. It didn’t take me very long to get my luggage and border control didn’t have long queues as well. I got 300CHF for the weekend from the
I stayed at the St. Gotthard Hotel and it’s only a two minute walk from the station. The location couldn’t be more perfect. Check in wasn’t until 3pm and I was already there at 10am, but it was no problem. I got the keys to my room and had enough time to get myself ready to take the train to Uerikon. I returned to Zurich at around 3pm and my friend arrived at the hotel a bit later in the afternoon. It was so great to see her after such a long time. After getting ready for the evening we made our way to Ginger, a sushi restaurant. The food was okayish, not the best sushi and not the worst sushi I’ve ever eaten. Apparently for Zurich it is good sushi, so I don’t want to know what other restaurants are like. We had a bottle of wine and I felt really tired. After all, I had been up since 7am the day before. My friend went to a concert later and I wanted to stay at the hotel and relax a little bit, blog and reply to emails. In the end, I fell asleep and was quite disturbed when my poor friend came back after the concert and I didn’t recognise her. I was in a very deep sleeping phase.
The next day we planned to have breakfast somewhere and after walking there for nearly 20 minutes we found out it was closed. Instead, we had brunch at Starbucks and afterwards we both made our way home. The train to St. Gallen stops at the airport, so we could take the same train and I was really sad when I had to say goodbye to her, but I hope to see her soon again.
I spent not enough time in Zurich to say if I like it or not. I don’t like cities in general where everybody speaks German. I would much rather live in an English or French speaking environment. I also think it’s too expensive, I know wages are higher too, but to spend £25 at Starbucks for two drinks and sandwiches seems a bit excessive, right? Have you been to Zurich? What did you think?