Me and Zurich – 1 Year
We’ve been together for one year, and I am still head over heels in love. (7 years with my husband and I feel the same way, but that’s another story!) I mean with Zürich of course, the city I have called home since last summer. I walk out my door and still get giddy with excitement when I see the perfect white skyline of the Alps. I walk through the winding cobblestone streets of the old town, or stroll along the river, looking down at the swans. That brings me to the lake, sparkling clean and blue. With the summer heat coming, it will once again appear to be covered with confetti – so many colorful pedal boats and sailboats, and people out on the water. I don’t see what there is not to love about Zürich. I have yet to find the answer to that question.
I still make discoveries every week, learn something new about the culture or the history, taste different local dishes, find a street I did not notice before, go to a restaurant that’s been on my to-try list, meet someone new… But what’s thrilling now is having the sensation for the first time — of being able to say, “been there, done that.” One year here means the calendar starts over, events return, seasonal specialties come back. I am an experienced Zürcher! I’ll be returning to Orange Cinema next month, sitting outside on the lake beneath a 3300 square foot movie screen. I’ll be admiring the funky outfits and loud thumping techno music at the Street Parade, and this time knowing what to expect! And I’ll most likely be baking something red and white again for the national holiday on August 1st!
I’ve noticed the return of seasonal chocolates too,…
…but of course. Lindt’s summer collection is back in the supermarket. I grabbed Stracciatella, Passionfruit-Orange and Strawberry-Rhubarb, but also went for Coconut, probably the only flavor I didn’t try last year. I also noticed Dolfin’s line of limited edition bars with fruit (Apple Crumble, Apple-Peach-Apricot and Apricot-Rosemary). Not so sure how “limited” it really is, seeing that I announced their launch last August. And at the market, those fruits and vegetables I savored my first few months living here, will be back – and with them delicious memories. We even returned to Restaurant Turm, where we probably ate at the same communal terrace tables the very first night we arrived in Zürich.
A mixture of pleasures, still learning all about the place I call home, a new surprise in store all the time, but having the satisfaction of the familiar as well. And feeling lucky to live here and share it with you all on the blog… Hope you enjoy as much as I do!