It’s been a while since I’ve shared some pictures with you. I uploaded a bunch from my camera last night, and realized that you might appreciate seeing some of them.
But I gotta hit you with some prose at the same time. You know how it is. I can’t just let you look…I can’t just show without telling a little bit, too.
So settle down, class. Let’s get started. Here is a picture of Zürich at dusk that I took a couple of weeks ago.
Notice how we’re up above the city — and the River Limmat — a little bit here. There is a very nice square up here, with the usual decorative fountains and benches for people to relax on, and take in the sights.
Let’s change gears, from pleasure to pain. Here is an example of these running paths in the forest that I keep complaining about:
Ooh, and we had a renovation! Renovations are really fun, I’ve realized, when you don’t have to do any of the work. When we moved in, our landlords mentioned that they we’re going to enlarge one of our balconies (come on, as if we’re not already so lucky to have two balconies). Anyway, they did it, and it was painless for us, and also pretty exciting. Here’s a picture of the balcony before:
That’s right — it wasn’t the prettiest balcony (the pretty one is on the other side, facing the street). Knowing how things can get hopelessly mangled in translation, I wondered if what they actually planned to do was just update it a little. Could it really get much bigger?
The answer is yes. Oh my, yes.
Here is Cleo luxuriating on our new patio. I don’t think we can call this thing a balcony, anymore. It is huge. You can certainly eat on this thing…and you will, if you visit us during nice weather (and after we’ve bought the necessary furniture). Al fresco dining! You won’t have a view of the Alps, I’m sorry — our building forms a triangular enclosure with some other buildings, so all you’ll see is them. But still…al fresco!
Here’s another view of the new structure, from inside. That feline lump is Cleo, again. I don’t know what happened to her eyes. Sometimes their reflective light gets sucked into to the black hole of her dark-as-night fur, I guess. I’m not freaked out by it anymore.
Finally (the bell is about to ring, but please just stay in your seat for a minute or two longer), we celebrated the Vernal Equinox yesterday by going to the Zürich zoo. It sits atop the city on the Zuriberg. It has great views, an impressive variety of animals…and it attracts an impressive number of human animals speaking an impressive variety of languages. (Want to experience a babel of language? Go to a zoo in a country that has four spoken languages, and attracts tourists from around the world).
We saw lions…
Class is dismissed. Now go and enjoy Spring!