My Trip to Zurich
How did I get there? I think it was about $20 for the train ride from Basel to Zurich. Funny story: I got on the train & it left a little earlier than scheduled. I went through a short panic attack because I thought I somehow got on the wrong train. The last destination is displayed inside the train, not all the stops - so I thought I was going to get stuck going to the complete wrong side of Switzerland. Luckily, Zurich was simply one of the stops on the way :)
Where did I stay? Ok, if you've been reading any of my posts, you may have noticed I mention "vibes" pretty often. This was an experience where I was getting weird vibes. I stayed at the Hostelling International hostel which is a ways away from the city center, getting there was a pain (and I technically bought the wrong public transit ticket, luckily no one checked). I booked my accommodations kinda last minute, so it was the cheapest option. After checking in, I walked into the room and the vibe was super weird. There was a strange mix of people in the room. Then, that night...trying to fall asleep was a complete nightmare. The snoring, moving, creaking and other strange sounds kept me up.
This hostel had reminiscent vibes of the YMCA one in Basel... there were a lot of young-young people. Like young teens, children, families, then older folks. It was not the place for 20 somethings. The facilities were nice enough, but I wouldn't recommend staying there.
I spent the last two days in a private room at the Oldtown Hostel Otter located in the heart of Zurich. This made up for the bad first impression. I spent way too much money, but it was worth it. I had a top floor room with a balcony that looked out over the city. This is the hotel room that I ended up doing my laundry in the sink and drying on the electric oil heater.
What did I eat? Zurich was just as expensive, if not more, than Basel. So, I didn't indulge too much. I did, however, have an amazing croissant at Franzos.
Where / how did I work? I ended up working in the hostel common area which was quite nice. Then, it was the weekend so I got to enjoy the city.
Best experience? After work one day, I took a walk in the rain along the coast of the lake into the main city center. The raindrops on my umbrella made the most beautiful and peaceful sound. It was crisp & cool, no humidity. It felt refreshing. As I walked along, the rain passed. I watched ducks & swans. Then I watched the sun set & reflect gold light off the opposite side of the city, across the lake & you could see the Swiss Alps in the distance.
Also, the day before I left, I literally spent hours by the river at this outdoor cafe/bar drinking Aperol Spritz. The weather was incredible.
Would I go back / recommend? The biggest problem I have with Switzerland is the cost. I feel that, although the landscape is beautiful, there are other places in Europe that are just as beautiful that are cheaper. I don't necessarily plan to go back to Zurich. Like I mentioned in my previous post about Basel, I'd like to visit Interlaken & Lucerne next time.
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