Today instead of take the $15 bus for 3 blocks, we decided to walk. The walk was easy and cool and the street were Sunday-morning calm.
We walked to the winterthur train station and I somehow figured out how to purchase the train pass to zurich's main train station. We for on the platform and within minutes were on the train to Zurich. The ride lasted about 15 minutes. We passed neighborhoods, farms, and warehouses.
The main train station in Zurich was big and busy.
At first we were turned around unsure of where to go. Finally I remembered the Zurich city map Ladina (the hotel receptionist) gave me the previous day. We sat down at a cafe for a while to use the WCs (bathrooms) and to look at the map. Thankfully everything was in walking distance from where we were. The only thing I was sure I wanted to do was a boat tour of lake Zurich.
As soon as we left the cafe we headed to a park near the national museum and saw people waiting at a boat stop. We decided to get in line too. While waiting we saw this cool car and took pix with the museum ads.
The boat ride lasted 50 minutes and was quick enjoyable. The boat was very flat perhaps only 2 feet above the waters surface. We passed under vey low bridges that impossible to fit under dude was convinced that we were really in a submarine.
Once we got off the low-boat we walked to the old town in the drizzle. It was getting cold and the rain was coming down harder by the minute. I was definitely looking for a way for us to continue or exploration through the city without get wet. We quickly hurried back to the main train station and as soon as we walked in I saw the tourist info station. If anyone could point me in the right direction they could. Before speaking to an agent I picked up post cards, SWISS chocolate, and a cute Swiss Army knife for me! The tourist agent recommended that we take the #3 bus to the doldenhaus station, then get onto the doldenbahn train to dolden grand where we could look over Zurich and take pretty pictures. So that is exactly what we did. The tour continues but instead of walking we were in the city electric bus.
Zurich is truly swiss. I didn't know what that mean until I had the chance to see it for myself. In my travels around the world I often meet people from Switzerland, I often ask them "eres swiss aleman or swiss francais?" (Are you German swiss or French swiss, referring to the region and language that they are from in Switzerland). From what I see that question, although relevant is not defining enough because Switzerland seems like the love child of a French mom and German dad. I see the same order and calmness of Germany here, but the passion and affection of the French. I sweet combo for a sweet land and culture. I look forward to going to the French side someday to even further observe and reflect on their culture and customs.