Silva Spoon

the adventures of an Albanian-Jersey-California girl living in Zurich

And so we’ve moved to Zürich. In typical Swiss summer fashion, the city welcomed us with rain and grey skies but not to worry, as I had preemptively planned for this. I arrived with hours and hours of California sunshine packed in our nine suitcases. As if finally having found myself smack in the middle of a mythological feud, the sunshine goddess of California defeated the rain god of Switzerland. The warm alpine sun broke through the clouds and we quickly hopped on the tram headed for the Flussbad Oberer Letten, close to the old city. Though we arrived at lunchtime on a weekday, the path along the river was filled with hip sunbathers and visiting tourists. I’ve read that the Swiss claim this water is clean enough to drink. For now, I enjoyed it simply by jumping in and swimming unsuccessfully against the strong current. What a dream though, to float down the river knowing that right behind the trees lies one of the most beautiful metropolitan cities in the world. This lovely and accessible (i.e. free) mixture of metropolis and nature should be what every city in the world strives to provide its dwellers. Thank you, Zürich. I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship…