It’s hard to believe that we’ve been here for three months already. I find myself measuring the time by the flowers that surround us, the fruit growing on the trees and the changing seasons rather than the weeks and the actual time that is going by. The Sunflowers are currently blooming which I’ve been told is a sign that Autumn is just around the corner but for now we are enjoying our Summer break and are soaking up the beautiful weather and the luxuriously long days.
This is my first Summer in Switzerland and although I knew it could get hot, I never anticipated the type of heat. As I write this, it’s just after 19:00 and our temperature is 33C with temperatures only dropping slightly to 27C through the night.
Given that this is our first Summer break in Switzerland and most likely our last before both Benito and I return to the working world we decided to take it very seriously. We asked Julz to come up with a Summer bucket list with strict instructions that not every item needed to include spending money but rather simple little acts that would make her happy. Her final list included small things like catching fireflies and swimming in a lake to bigger things like visiting a chocolate factory and eating ice cream in Italy.
Little did I know when we prepared this list that the Swiss people take Summer seriously too – I guess long Winters will do that to you – and that this will in all likelihood become our Summer tradition. We have had so much fun preparing this list and finding ways to make the little things in life magical and as we’ve chatted to people along the way, our list has grown enormously as everyone has another ‘must see’ item to add to the list.
Two weeks in and these are some of our Summer moments …
Travelling to Italy to meet up with friends and to tick the ‘Gelato in Italy’ box.
A visit to Stein am Rhein, one of the prettiest little towns that I’ve ever visited followed by shopping in Germany. Our neighbour, Heidi (yes, I live next door to a real-life Heidi) introduced us to the wonderful world of shopping in Germany. One of the downsides to living in Switzerland is the ‘consider-donating-an-organ’ high cost of living, so the locals all travel across the borders to do their shopping (it’s literally half of what we pay in Switzerland and duty-free).
Swimming in a badi. Our swimming pool is one of the things that we’ve missed the most. We took it for granted in S.A. but swimming here is no joke. A season ticket, which offers Summer access costs 200 CHF per family.
Watching the sun set, followed by the Greatest Showman on the shore of Lake Zurich.
A trip up Mount Stanserhorn and the most spectacular views.
An evening stroll along Lake Zurich. Ok, I won’t romanticise this – it was 33C and all three of us had worn jeans in anticipation for the ‘cooler’ evening weather. We were on our way to Zurichhorn and little did we know but the ZVV app had bi-passed all trams and buses and rather told us to walk the 3kms to our venue. There are days when I love technology and then there are days like these, when I want to throw my phone in the lake simply to be able to dive in and retrieve it.