As I sit on the balcony of my free and very very comfortable accommodation in Zurich overlooking the lake, the smell of cedar and magnolia in the air. I reflect on how I arrived here and the reason for coming to this very small and very expensive part of the world.
My friend Monique had arrived in Zurich a couple of days ago after a solid two weeks of work on a route in the Ratikon Mountains called Silbergeier. Meeting up was an opportunity that we had discussed when we were climbing together in the Red River Gorge in Kentucky in April this year and we were both excited that it might just happen.
Two days ago I was climbing in Kalymnos with Anders and Stefan and today I am sitting having a glass of cheap Spanish wine with my friend. Life is truly inspiring sometimes when you just say “YES”!
I arrived back in Munich and spent the first 24 hours at home with my awesome friends Paul and Erin. We caught up on the last couple of weeks and Erin had recovered from her sore throat and loss of voice and Paul had been very busy at work. I think I discussed heading to Zurich briefly with them individually and they said “Go for it!” I booked my ticket for 10am Tuesday 7th July and 24 hours later I was off to Zurich. In 40 hours I had been to Greece, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.
Monique and I have just simply wandered around the city hanging out and checking out the sights. The weather was overcast and the scenery beautiful. It was truly a great way to spend a day.
We caught the inclinated tram up to the Dodler Grande Hotel and had a coffee (the most expensive coffee EVER!). Two coffee’s were 18+ Swiss Francs. Add 50% and thats the cost in Aussie dollars. YEP! $27 for two coffees and we laughed about it, but it still sat us back on our butts big time.