A weekend in Zurich

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 cashpoint and made my way to the airport’s train station. I didn’t have to wait for a train to the Zurich Central station after I bought my ticket and within 20 minutes I reached my destination.

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?

Breakfast at the No.1 Lounge at Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal
My new Michael Kors bag. I saw it online on Net-a-Porter, and when I saw it at the airport duty-free I had to buy it. 
The leather is so soft and I just love the look of it. What do you think?
Replying to a few emails while waiting for boarding.
The lounge is so pretty – I wish I had some more time there.
Arrival at Zurich Airport. It is so modern and clean. 
I stayed at the St. Gotthard hotel, just a one minute walk from the train station.
Ready to go out – what would my life be without Instagram filters?
My friend and I had dinner at Ginger in Zurich, a fancy sushi restaurant and we had wine. Maybe a little bit too much.

It was a little bit like a posh YoSushi, the food came on a belt and you could choose which food you wanted without having to order from the chef.

My sashimi looked so pretty!
The room was absolutely chaos after we spent a night in it. 

Chaos everywhere and you should have seen the bathroom!

The view from our room.

Healthy brunch at Starbucks. 
The trains are so clean and comfy in Switzerland. This is 2nd class!
Blogging from the airport lounge.

4 Comments

  1. Monia Cagnazzo
    November 8, 2014 / 9:48 am

    I live in Zurich, so seeing that you were here is pretty cool. :p And I actually think that this is a very nice city as well. 🙂

    enjoy reading your blog!

    xx Monia :**
    http://moniacagnazzo.blogspot.com

  2. Carolin
    November 8, 2014 / 11:29 pm

    Very nice post and glad to read you had a good time, bar the massive delay on your way bag. Can't blame you for getting the MK. It's a beauty and I mean you've got it at an affordable price 😉 The necklace in your selfie is lovely and suits you. I've been to Switzerland only once and it's coming now to 10 years since the last time I went! Hope to speak to you soon, Happy Weekend xxx

    Caz | Lunch Break Adventures

  3. Laura Rocksteady
    November 10, 2014 / 11:27 am

    Oh wow what a lovely weekend away and to start it off at Gatwich lounge – which is so pretty is wonderful. I have to say I love Zurich, I have been three times and always want to return for more. Love all the photos, thanks for sharing

    Laura x

  4. Julie B
    November 10, 2014 / 11:15 pm

    I've been in the gatwich lounge and love it! Looks like you had a fab time! Great photos too x

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