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May 2017

Turn new into old

Last month I took some pictures at the Sechseläuten in Zürich. It is a parade of the guilds in historical costumes. I liked the colorful clothes but in the end I wanted to do something different with the pictures. I thought it would be fun to give them a historic look.

 

Hear it roar

Have you ever been to the Rhine Falls? It is Europe’s largest waterfall and therefore a mayor tourist attraction. Two weeks ago we decided to pay them a visit.

We walked all the way down to the river. Mai is a good month because the snow melting in the mountains has already started so the amount of water that is running through is incredible. It makes you realize how grand nature is and that it is our duty to protect it. I always like to take the time to get a feeling for the place.

In this case it was quite difficult because of all the people.  I found myself pushed into a corner, closing my eyes. I did not see the water, but I could feel it and hear it.

 

Twilight Zone

Off all the places in Zurich one keeps fascinating me so much that I find myself stopping by there on a regular basis. It is the Escher Wyss Platz. There is a bridge that crosses the river with tram tracks underneath, running in every direction. Stairs and elevators connect the tram station down on the street with the bus station on top of the bridge. The tram station is very busy, people are running to catch their connecting rides. Other than that the space feels empty.

The lighting underneath is so captivating that more than once I have left the tram just to walk around and soak the atmosphere in, watching the people pass by. No one ever stops, everybody is always on the move except when waiting for the elevator to the bus station.

I seem to be the only person who sees this place as something that is more than just a place to switch trams. Me, I keep coming back. This place makes me feel strangely connected and disconnected to the world at the same time, it’s my personal twilight zone.

The Language Barrier

We’ve been living in Zurich/ Switzerland for quite a while now, so my husband and I decided that it might be time to give Swiss German a try, to be able to connect better with the people here. We both are German so one might think that it would not be too difficult for us since it the languages must be similar, right?

Ok, in some ways it is easy and I am already quite good at understanding, but speaking Swiss German is a whole other story. The pronunciation and accentuation of words as well as the Grammar is very distinct from German. In our first class we learned some enlightening facts. For example the people that live in different regions of the country all speak a different version of the language. Sometimes even so diverse that people from various cantons can’t understand each other. I think that is excellent news for me – the foreigner. Learning this language will be a piece of cake then. Continue reading “The Language Barrier”

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