Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Josefstrasse 29 (Zürich, Switzerland)

Last night before I went to bed I discovered that my phone service, Vodafone, started doing an upgrade. Their service announcement that was sent to be earlier said I couldn’t add data to my service starting tomorrow, but I could see that it actually started last night and I’m running low on data, which means I may not be able to reach the internet. I’ve been using more data than usual since this flat does not have Wi-Fi. I’m going to think positive and know that I will still have access to the internet while they perform their upgrade.

Today looked like it will be nice here in Zürich so I will take a boat ride on the lake rather than go to Liechtenstein. The forecast from yesterday said it was to be overcast all day today but it looks like it will be a partly cloudy day.

I took the tram partway down to where the ferry docks are located and walked the rest of the way. I purchased a ride with a duration of 90 minutes and saw that I only paid 8.80 Swiss francs for the fare, which I thought was very reasonable.

The ferry showed up about 20 minutes later and I found a seat on the stern of the boat and pretty much had this area to myself. The boat, which could probably hold over 150 people, had maybe 30 on board. We stopped at about 12 places on both sides of the lake to let people on and off, but in many cases we just pulled up to the dock and departed a few seconds later. The whole ride was very calm and the the water and wind were mild. What a great way to spend time on the lake. I could see Zürich get smaller as we traveled further away and saw many nice homes along the lake’s shoreline. Many of these homes were very large and had their own docks.

After 90 minutes we arrived back at Zürich and we got off and let the next group of passengers board. As I started to walk back towards the train station when it started to sprinkle rain so I decided to board a tram, but after a few stops the sun was out again.

When I arrived at the train station I found something to eat at a small kiosk store. I had looked at the prices at a Burger King and saw that a basic hamburger was around 12 Swiss francs, which is about the same as 12 USD. The food you buy in a store costs a little more than what you would pay in the U.S. but food in a restaurant, even Burger King, is much more expensive.

I also found a power adapter in an electronics store within the station. There is only one in the flat where I’m staying and I’ll need the adapter for my next two stops over the next week. (The electrical sockets in Switzerland have a slightly different configuration than the other EU countries.) I lost my last adapter when I left my carry on bag on the train last September.

By now it was getting late in the afternoon and I started to walk back to the flat. I keep checking to see if Vodafone was finished with their upgrade but no luck. I was able to take a good nap and after I finish with this travel blog update I’ll make dinner.

Tomorrow I’ll take a train to Liechtenstein and visit a couple of towns while I’m there. It only takes a little over an hour to get to Buchs and then another 30 minutes to get to the first town. The weather forecast shows that it will be overcast for most of the day but I’m thinking it will be like today. That would be nice.

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