Fri 29 Jun 12 - Mon 2 Jul 12
I arrived in Zurich, Switzerland at about 10 am on Friday morning after sleeping on the plane, so I was ready to start my day sightseeing. First, I stopped off at my hotel, the Swissotel, Zurich. I had a classic room, with one queen bed, a city view, internet, air conditioning and many other amenities. The hotel was basic, but very nice. The hotel was 260 CHF or about $275 CAD. Although the hotel room was nice, I was excited to get out and explore the city.
I visited the Old Town, or Alstadt, a historic section oh Zurich, with cobblestone streets, small stores, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Old town is home to some of Zurich’s most significant religious landmarks, and I made an effort to see many of them, as well as the medieval buildings. I walked around old town for a while, just taking in the beautiful day and exploring the town and I had a wonderful experience doing so. One of the most interesting things that I found while exploring old town was the Zurich toy museum. Here they have a collection of toys for boys and girls beautifully on display and admission was free. I enjoyed this museum so much because it was much different from any other museums that I have ever visited. After a long day, I went back to my hotel and rested up for all the adventures ahead of me.
Saturday morning I woke up bright and early and headed to the train station. I was catching a train to Zermatt, one of the nicest ski resorts in the world. In order to have a full day in Zermatt, I left Zurich at 6:43 and spent three and a half hours on the train. The train ticket was 59.50 CHF or $63 CAD. When I got off the train at 10:13, I saw one of the most beautiful ski hills that I have ever seen! I love skiing so much that I could not pass up the opportunity to go skiing in the Alps. I got ready to hit the slopes and picked up my lift ticket, which was 140 CHF or about $150 CAD for 2 days. Although it is quite expensive, I was willing to pay anything to get to ski in the Alps.
I spent the whole day skiing and just enjoying myself. It was an amazing experience to ski in the Swiss Alps, one of the largest ski hills in the world. At one point, when I was at the highest peak, I looked down and I saw the most remarkable view of the village and everything around it. Everything looked so small from where I was and it was quite an amazing feeling. It was at this moment that I realized that I wanted to continue to travel the world, even after I completed my dream trip around the world...
After a long day of travelling and skiing, I was ready for bed, but this time I was not staying at a hotel. On my month long trip, I would be staying at many different hotels, but in Zermatt, I had the chance to stay in an igloo village instead. For only 149 CHF or $158 CAD, I stayed in a 6-bed igloo with a huge sleeping bag. Although it was a bit chilly, it was an amazing experience to spend the night in an igloo; not many people can say that they have done that!
The next morning I woke up and I headed back to the slopes. There was amazing, untouched power, along with perfect corduroy and newly made moguls. After I spend the day on my feet, I decided to do something a little more relaxing. I decided to go on the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Cable Car, which is a cable car that brings you to the top of the Small Matterhorn. From the cable car, you get an amazing view of the mountain and it was unlike anything that I have ever seen before. The scene was just breathtaking. The mountain, which is 4000 meters above sea level, is even more amazing when you see it from up high. Sadly, this was my last day in Switzerland, and I went to sleep early that night, tired from the day’s activities.
Today I woke up early and hopped on the train again, going back to Zurich. The train was 59.50 CHF or about $63, CAD and it left at 7:39 and arrived in Zurich at 10:58. I am going to board my plane very soon, headed to my next stop, Florence Italy.
ZRH 11:45a → FLR 5:15p 5h 30m 1 stop (OLB)
total cost: $1368