Zürich, Switzerland 7/13
Finally! Finally we made it to Switzerland. In-between get-togethers with Monika’s family and friends, our first stop was Zürich to finalize the Special Visa we have been working on for six months. The bureaucracy of the Swiss Immigration Department, (and probably similar to every country in the world), is more like a 3-ring circus. In the end, instead of getting a three-month extension for the European Schengen countries on the original three-month tourist visa, the ID card is valid for a whole year. Oh well.
Since we had to go to Zürich to have my biometric photo taken for my special ID card we made the best of it. Switzerland is a wonderful country to travel in, but it ain’t cheap. A small cup of coffee can cost you $3.73 with no refills. We checked a few more prices just for your interest. How about an artichoke? $6.29 each! Fresh salmon? $31.45 a pound. How about some smoked Spanish ham? $191.30 a pound. Hungry for a Double Whopper and a Coke at the local Burger King? $16.94. Fries are extra.
Our big project ahead is going through all the furniture, household goods, paintings, and personal items Monika has stored here since her Mom passed away and the house was sold. More soon on Switzerland, land of chocolate and cheese. Bring money!!