We spend Saturday walking through the central city of Zurich with our friends, two Swiss couples who, like us, have just come back from two years of overlanding in the Americas. Markus and Karin traveled by motorcycle, and Micheal and Simone traveled in a Land Rover. We’ve come to see these dear friends who happen to live along along opposite shores of Lake Zurich and they are our guides in this beautiful city.
We stop at the Sternen Grill, a very popular and very busy place, for a fresh sausage, bread and German-style mustard which is horseradish-ish enough to give me a runny nose, burning sinuses and a headache. It’s a wonderful warm snack on this cool day with our overlanding friends.
In the evening we take the train down to the 750-year old village of Richterswil to experience the winter festival of Räbechilbi (or Räbeliechtli). The village holds a night parade of floats and groups of children carrying lanterns made of hollowed-out sugar beets. It reminds me of the Festival of Lights back in my hometown at Thanksgiving weekend.
Hundreds of people have come from all over the area to enjoy the beautiful show, and I’m so glad we lucked out by being here at just the right time.
The next day we hike/walk from Adliswil to Üetliberg, and we need it after last nights feast, along the ridge of the hills above the western shores of Lake Zurich. The trail traces edges of velvet green cow pastures.
And that night Simone and Micheal have us over for a wonderful dinner of homemade pasta and one last evening with our friends. It’s been a luxury to get to share more time with them this year, and even more so to visit them in their home country. “They” say that friends are the family you choose for yourself, and I’m so glad these four have somehow become part of my global family. What a spectacular weekend in Switzerland.