A good friend of mine just started a blog (bohemianblackbird.wordpress.com go check it out) and it’s all about how lucky we are to have such a wonderful life filled with adventures, travelling, neuer Bekanntschaften and doing what we love. He just published his first post from Dubai where he is volunterring, which seems quite fitting for his message about how we need to live more and never settle.
Anyways, it got me thinking of all the manymany things I got to do in the last couple of years. So I decided to post about something that happened quite a while ago already. In 2012 I lived in Zurich for three months to do an internship in an international architectural office. I was only 17 years old and pretty much still fresh outta school. After a summer of hopping around my friends’ holiday houses across Europe, finishing my summer internship in Berlin, a girls’ trip to Malaysia and a crazy 18th birthday weekend in Milan, I packed my bags and took the night train to Zurich.
The internship was intense but I made use of my weekends to escape the city and travel to other corners of Switzerland. My Dad visited me once and we took the train down to Lake Geneva to explore the picturesque towns of Lausanne, Vevey and Montreux.
I funnily enough also got to hang out with surprisingly many friends from boarding school while I was working in Zurich. I also flew to London for a weekend to visit my best friend who had just started her first year at LSE. But someone else from Sevenoaks was spending his gap year just around the corner from Zurich to polish up his German. A. was working in the Dreiländereck so we decided to meet in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, somewhere I had never been before. Oh, and we also hopped over to Austria for a cappuccino. Just for the fun of it.
Und wie es eben manchmal so kommt, another good friend from Sevenoaks was just passing through Zurich on his way to go skiing in St. Moritz. I had spent several days in bed with a painful ear infection & tonsilitis when he suggested I should join him and let the fluffy beds, heavenly breakfast and wonderful Spa of the Kempinski hotel help me get better. No girl in their right mind would turn down such an offer. I took two days off work (only cause I was sick of course) and spent a beautiful long weekend in and around St. Moritz.
El Paradiso St. Moritz
One coincidence after the other… my old best friend from Austria also happened to live in Zurich for two months at the exact same time as me. She actually was an AuPair in the UK, but her American-German host family was invited to do a special Gastprofessur at the University of Zurich. After leaving Austria when I was 13, T. and me where now in the same city again. Such is life. We hung out loads in Zurich, went to museums, to concerts, took bikes around the lake, visited christmas markets and also explored Engelberg, Switzerland.
I was so happy I had T. with me during my time in Switzerland, otherwise I seriously doubt I would’ve been as active in exploring Zurich and its surroundings. We also visited Zug, Switzerland on a grey and gloomy Sunday. Just another one of those picture perfect Swiss cities hidden within fantastic mountain ranges.