We got up early and ate at a riverside café for breakfast.
The view across the river was gorgeous.
We could see the reflections of all the bridges and the buildings.
The river area of Zurich is really nice. There are covered sidewalks next to the river and it just feels clean and fresh.
After breakfast, we took the bus to MFO, a park the
university students had recommended. I had seen a couple of pictures of it and honestly, the pictures didn’t look that special. However, when we actually saw the park in person it was really incredible!
structure was a huge metal cage that we could walk on that was covered with
vines and other plants.
There was a wide open place in the middle to walk in.
The was a smaller area with a pac man-shaped pond and some special sand.
This sand was made of tiny rounded grains of
glass in blue, green, white, and some brown. It was very peaceful and nice.
Since it was autumn, some of the plants had begun to turn to red.
From above, we could look across the top of the cage.
We could also see down the hollow column of plants stretching up from the ground.
I tried to include enough pictures to show how cool the park looks, but perhaps, like me, you will not appreciate it without seening it in person. I guess you’ll just need to go to Zurich and see for yourself ;)
had lunch at a nearby restaurant which made really good soup and sandwiches.
We also stopped by a nearby grocery store to pick up chocolate for souvenirs and gifts. While we were there, we saw these bright blue flowers. They were so brilliant I think they must have been artificially colored.
afternoon we took the train to Lucerne for a quick visit.
We walked across old wooden
bridges with medieval paintings.
There were flowers lining the bridge and the
paintings were really interesting.
On one of the bridges, there was a skeleton
in each picture to remind people that death comes for everyone and can come at
any time. They were a really chipper bunch in the middle ages.
We also saw the
lion statue that was a monument to fallen Swiss mercenaries, a huge cathedral,
and many buildings with painted decorations.
The cathedral was so tall! It’s incredible how well they were able to build back before modern machinery.
Out back they had a graveyard with a lot of flowers.
There were several streets with murals on the buildings. My favorite painted building was this one with its bright red flames.
This one reminded me of Where the Wild Things Are.
I liked all of the vines on these.
I think the buildings had shops only on the first floor with apartments above.
The old town area was very nice. In addition to the decorated facades, there were also beautiful fountains.
There was also a panoramic theater we couldn’t go in because it closed early in the day before we arrived in Luzerne.
My favorite thing was when we
walked down by the river, we saw a tiny mosaic of Mario from the original video
game stuck on the corner of a building. I think it was the work of a graffiti
artist, “Space Invader,” who is based in France and earned his nickname by making
and posting small mosaics of characters from that game. It was exciting that
something I saw in a documentary, *Exit through the Gift Shop, *was
went back to Zurich for dinner, but first we watched the sun set over the lake.
It was really beautiful.
I liked how the mountains faded into the sky with different shades of blue.
Nearby, a girl tried to feed some swans a few French fries. One swan decided it wanted more, so it raised itself out of the water and tried to bite her foot which she had hanging over the edge of the wall. She backpedaled and nearly fell, but the swan didn’t get her. It was pretty funny. Swans are not as nice as people often assume.
at the hostel, we met up with a couple of fellow guests around our age and went
to eat with them. Jonathon and Josue took us to a Spanish restaurant where we
we walked around and took really beautiful night photos since Josue had a
really nice camera and was very into photography.
Here is one of the lights on the river.
Here is another of the fancy lamposts.
We ended up staying out
really late because we decided to walk north of the train station to find some
old Roman aqueducts. Rather than water, now they support a train track.
were huge, much bigger than I expected aqueducts to be, but they were very cool
to see. Modern stores are built beneath the archways.
went back to the hostel and packed to be ready to leave in the morning.
Usually, while writing this post, I would be at Caltech playing volleyball. I begin school eith preseason, which for those unfamiliar (or are planning on joining women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, men’s waterpolo, or cross country) is a 5 week long period before school begins where the sports teams I listed before practice and compete. My life during preseason is basically volleyball 24/7. Two practices a day (during school only one) and game days three days a week. No school work to worry about, spending time with my teammates all day, a nice refresher before school begins.
Every year, the Caltech Society of Women Engineers attends the National SWE conference to network with other SWE Chapters and to hustle for jobs. Last year, the event was in Minneapolis, and the year before in Austin. This time around, it’s in Anaheim which is much more convenient for us. Since it is much closer, we were able to send many more delegates to attend and miss fewer classes in the process of doing so.
It’s truly Autumn in Scotland now. It reached 0 degrees Celsius today, or 32 Fahrenheit for you yanks. They’re setting up the Christmas market downtown (as thanksgiving isn’t a thing here they just skip directly from Halloween to Christmas). Snow isn’t falling, but it does seem to be raining every other day. And it’s pleasant, quite pleasant. The rain turns Edinburgh into even more of a dramatic and beautiful city than usually is.