With very minimal sleep the night before (due to coffee and adrenaline), I embarked on my 22 hour journey to Zurich from Sydney Via Bangkok.
Flying on Thai Airways, seeing the motto , "Smooth as Silk" I told my self "This trip better be smooth as silk!”. One of the main highlights of the trip to Bangkok was that we were able to view the First Class seats but most of all, seeing the Pilot’s cabin at the end!
At Bangkok I was sad leaving the friends I had made through Rotary in Sydney as they took their flights to their respective countries (Denmark, Sweden) which left four of us who were going to Switzerland from Sydney. Feeling intimidated and nervous, I felt scared thinking that it would only be the four of us who would be flight to Switzerland. When we reached to gate that would take us to Zurich, I felt the colossal and overwhelming force of the Rotary Club as I was greeted by 16 other members all going to Switzerland from Australia alone. I noticed that we would quickly be able to converse and that we all had the same passions, ideas, tastes and values.
At Zurich airport, I was willkommened by my host family holding a large sign written on it "Welcome Vincent!" Feeling grateful and a little guilty that they had to wake up at 5am to pick me up, we conversed on our hour drive to my host town, Oberwil.
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At home I was presented with a large hearty breakfast. Consisting of an array of cheese and salami as well as bread and croissant (gipfeli - in Swiss German) as well as home made Jams.
I felt like Jordan Key from the short - Continental Breakfast
"Im here to stay indefinitely”
Key & Peele: Continental Breakfast from Peter Atencio on Vimeo.
This is what we had - “Allez Cuisine!”
After that I introduced my self and gave them gifts from Australia. Looking at the photographs by Steve Parish I noticed I probably haven’t visited 90% of the places on the book.
With the family we took a walk around the town of Oberwil. Then my host brother drove me to Basel. It was a lot to take in in one day but I enjoyed every moment of it.
In the City of Basel we saw the lookout from the church while eating warm chestnuts in the chilling breeze of around 3 degrees.
After that we rode a little boat on the Rhine which was powered only by the current of the water!
So thats it for today! In summary first day was rad!