Sunday, October 7, 2012

From Zurich To Dusseldorf

Hey everyone,

This will be my last post here in Zurich, Switzerland.  As you may know, we are leaving this beautiful country and heading off to experience another city...Dusseldorf, Germany.  

I'm so excited that we get to spend the holidays in Germany.  All the festive markets and such.  We're very much looking forward to the next three months.

As usual, it's sad to leave a place, but I have to say, Zurich hasn't been one of my favorite cities.  It has it's good points--the beautiful lake, the surrounding mountains which you can visit easily, and finally the beautiful churches.  But as a city, Zurich isn't as exciting as Paris, as fun as Amsterdam or as beautiful as Barcelona.  

And it IS expensive.  Terribly so.  So much so, that many of our people can't even go out to eat dinner at night.  I had some chicken nuggets the other day from a street vendor.  In the states they are about 50 cents apiece, give or take.  Here?  Try $2.00 per nugget!!!!  I was shocked.  But I'm not sure why I was so surprised.   I really should have known.  I mean, when a McDonald's Quarter Pounder meal goes for around $15.00 US, you KNOW things are expensive!!!

But one thing I have enjoyed are the people.  Almost everyone here was so friendly and helpful as I struggled along with my rudimentary German.   From the gal at the info desk to people on the street, for the most part everyone was happy to help out a lost or confused American.  I got to know some of the people here in the hotel, several at my favorite coffee shop and two ladies who are volunteers at one of the churches.  All were just great.

I did enjoy walking around the Zurich waterways.  The rivers and lake are beautiful, and I'll miss sitting and having a cuppa when I just want to decompress.  The view of the churches with the snowy mountains in the distance isn't something I'll soon forget.

I think of all the things I did here in Zurich, it was the churches that held the most fascination for me.

I adore visiting them, and it's always thought provoking to see the differences, not only in the different religions, but how the decorations, buildings, and art change from country to country.  Really amazing, that is.

So while me and my pocketbook are glad we're leaving, I'll feel a tug on my heartstrings when Jonathon and I take that last drive out of town.  It's always hard to leave a place you've enjoyed discovering, and Zurich is no different.  Yet just on the other side of the mountain is a new town...a new country...with brand new adventures just waiting to be explored.

And since I was born under a wandering star...I'm just the one to do it!!!!

Back on Thursday with my newest release, just in time for Halloween!  WooHoo!!!!!


CJ England
Follow Your Dreams


P. Robinson said...

It is so neat that you are traveling to all of these places! I love the pictures you post. Thanks for sharing CJ!

Phylis said...

A new Release!? Really?! How awesome!!! On pins and needles waiting for this one!
See you in Dusseldorf Mrs. Gypsy!

CJ England said...

Thanks, Kissa. I'm glad you're enjoying everything! It's fun to share.

CJ England said...

Will have more pics for everyone, Phylis! See you in a few days!