I left Nairobi at 5 minutes to midnight on Tuesday night. My path would take us across the vast arid landscape that is most of northern and East Africa.
From there a friend/coworker and I bee lined it through security and caught the first train we could to the city. The trains depart every 10 minutes and the ride to downtown Zurich is only 10 minutes long. We figured we’d be able to get a couple of hours of wandering in before we had to head back to the airport. Our normal luggage had been checked all the way to DC, and only our hand luggage need to be put in lockers at the Zurich airport.
We we arrived downtown we made about a 2 hour loop around the city through the main drag, and then the old town area. It’s a really nice city that’s super-clean and incredibly bike friendly. Here’s some shots from our little loop.
The light rail system runs everywhere, and was always threatening to silently run us over. Thankfully we managed to avoid getting the squisharoo.
One thing I found interesting is that there appears to be some bike registration/tabs type system, check out the below:
Perhaps that will help them find the owner of the below bike, which apparently fell overboard…
Of course, if there is anything the Swiss are known for aside from banking, it’s chocolates! And we found tons of great chocolate shops, including this one where I picked up a bunch of chocolates for the girl (and me of course!)
I ran along the lake front for the most part, after leaving the river area. There’s a nice little trail and park that lines the side of this portion of the lake, making it super easy and relaxing to run.
Once again though, I found another bike left for dead. This one tossed in the garbage bin. A quick check of it and I couldn’t visually see what was wrong. But since I had limited time and wanted to keep running, I left it behind and cruised on.
I also managed to get a self-portrait without getting hit my the light rail train, or traffic. Which I can only chalk up to a morning of light-rail train avoidance practice.
While it may not seem it, the journey was short and only lasted 7 days – a whirlwind work trip touching three continents (North America, Europe and Africa). But, that’s how I like it. Short and sweet. Next up…A nice long ride on Skyline drive tomorrow morning (Saturday).
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