Sunday, July 27, 2008

Zürich mountains

Last week I got to do a little bit of hitch-hiking through the Swiss Alps. It takes around two hours to get there from Zürich (we went to Gimmelwald, a nice place near Interlaaken), but the road is really scenic, with many beautiful landscapes (lakes and green alpine plains surrounded by high mountains and many waterfalls). I should maybe let the pictures speak.

More pics here: Swiss Mountains

Monday, July 07, 2008

Zürich - Cultural milkshake

I've decided to call Zürich "cultural milkshake". It represents best the diversity of the people you see in the street, or in the bus/tram.
In the last post, I was complaining of how hard it is to find a place to live. I didn't mention the nice things that impressed me here, and it would be unfair leave it so.
I also made some photos, sorry for the bad quality. I'll get a proper camera soon.

Cool things in Zürich:
- "green" and clean city;
- relaxing walk from Central to Bellevue during twilight;
- scenic landscape of Alps at horizon;
- tall hills surrounding the city;
- many old beautiful buildings by the main river;
- smaller rivers cutting their way through the city.

Renting a room in Zürich

It is very difficult to find a room to rent in Zürich:
- because most adds are in German, and you need to switch to German;
- because you only get mails from persons who might accept you (which might be scam attempts);
- because you need to send around 10 mails to get an answer;
- because you don't know your way around the city;
- because there's lots of paperwork to be done;
- because you haven't seen the city yet and instead of doing so, you need to search for rooms.

Luckily for me, Emi and Matthias were nice enough to help me with all these. Thank you guys!

Moved to Zürich

Written on Tuesday, 1st of July:
I just finished my second semester in Media Informatics, and now I am heading towards Switzerland. New thing ahead: I will be doing now an internship in Zürich for the next couple of months.
I'm now in the train, somewhere near Basel and I already feel the difference between the two countries. Swiss language is like a weird mix of German and French, spoken with strong Italian accent. Probably because of the 3 official languages spoken in Switzerland.
Two policemen just passed by me without asking for my passport. Damn... no control! I could have taken two bottles of Jägermeister with me.