While I was in France, gallivanting through Paris, Versailles, and Reims, I was active on social media and interacting with my friends back home quite regularly because I knew they were worried about me traveling by myself given the recent events in Paris. However, as soon as I met up with my family in Zurich, Switzerland, I went off the grid. I stopped uploading photos, stopped looking at Facebook and Instagram notifications, and felt absolutely free.
In hindsight, I probably should’ve informed my friends whom I was interacting with regularly that I was planning to do this so they didn’t think something bad had happened…oops…but when they emailed me, at least I responded then, right? Right.
In any case, it was my first time visiting my family in Zurich. I’m one of the last among my cousins to visit them. Again, oops…but better late than never, right? Right.
As I got off the station, I was greeted by this huge Swarovski-bedazzled tree.
My aunt and uncle came to get me and as we went outside we were greeted with…more lights!
The next day they took me to Lucerne where I got to see the Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) and the Dying Lion Monument.
I also got introduced to the Swiss gingerbread man, which is like a pretzel man with raisins. Delicious and available only around Christmas time.
Of course it wouldn’t be a trip to Switzerland without fondue and raclette, right? And so…
On my last day, we explored Zurich during the day. We had Gluwein (mulled wine), macarons, crepes, walked around and shopped for a bit (well, I did at least), and enjoyed the sights along the way. The photos below were taken from a spot where my cousin apparently takes all her dates. I can see why she takes them there. 😀
It was so wonderful to be disconnected during this part of my trip. It made me realize how much I’m on my phone when I’m back home, which is likely why my mind hardly gets as quiet as it does when I’m on vacation. I love it. While I do love being connected to people, I also cherish the times when I’m just doing what I want to do, not communicating with anyone other than the people I’m physically with, and just being truly present in the moment.