A year has passed since my trip to Switzerland. Arriving in Zurich from Paris, which was our first stop, my friend and I were picked up from the airport by our friend, Victoria who is Swiss-Filipino in her own right. We immediately boarded the train to take us down to our hotel -the Hotel Krone Unterstrasse located in the heart of the city just a 2 minute tram ride from the main train station. Immediately, we headed for some grub at Differente Restaurant below the hotel and there was one thing that struck me the most – and it was the bill, which was kindly footed by Vic! A dinner for 3 with regular entrees + beverages costed a whopping $116 Swiss Francs, which would have been equivalent to $121 USD in today’s exchange rates! That does not seem like that big of a difference until you are at the actual currency exchange counter and find out you are not getting the full rate for exchanging just a few hundies for 3 days worth of gallivanting! Chaching – WELCOME TO SWITZERLAND, folks!
Indeed, this scenic country is one of THE most expensive destinations in the world.
After dinner we strolled the city. Tram is seemed to be the best form of transportation around. It’s very accessible anywhere and we got around the city in it. Our first stroll was all about food. In fact, I think all my travels are about food. I must say I travel for food! Switzerland equals Swiss chocolates and all other delectable delights! Ahhh Sprungli, the makers of the Luxemburgerli macarons and Laderach, another Swiss chocolatier. I bought a box of macarons, chocolates, milk, ice cream, you name it! Vic recommended we tried Swiss milk and of course the Swiss ice cream Movenpick, which to me is the best tasting ice cream in the world. Too bad I couldn’t find them anywhere in the 50 corners of the States! Another notable food item I really liked was the curry wurst. Oh, Swiss sausages…German sausages…they are all flavorful and have a good texture. They are a MUST try.
Switzerland has the most beautiful, picturesque and dreamy landscapes. The Swiss alps alone look as beautiful as they do in photos and even better! Being there was another dream come true. In addition, I always wanted to visit the small and very rich country of Liechtenstein so I had to make sure I’m not leaving Switzerland without a sidetrip to Vaduz, the country’s capital. I’m going to put that journey on a separate post. All in all, the trip was a very relaxing, very peaceful and what one must call -a vacation. Would I go back? Hell yeah! Although I would probably hit different Swiss cities next time, pack less and bring twice as much money!