Saturday, June 26, 2010

Wandergebiet Trails

Today I was supposed to go to Zurich but I woke up and was still dead tired. So I decided to sleep a little longer and then it was 1:00 pm! So it takes about an hour and a half to get to Zurich. I didn't think that was enough time for me to spend there. Instead I decided to go for a little hike along these trails they have all over the hills here. I packed up a bottle of water, a pear, and my camera. So I started off and passed a street of houses before I saw any signs of the trails. Then I saw what I was in for. A good long walk. Nice.

If you look closely you can see a small white line that goes up the hill and that is what I followed. It didn't look too bad. I told myself I would just take my time, no speed walking here. Just enjoy it. So I did. I kept a steady pace but it wasn't too fast or too slow. It was warmer than the past few days and the sun was really beaming. I should've worn sunblock but I didn't even think to pack any. Next time I'll know. Anyways, I was doing fine until I passed this little brown house and it started to get steeper. Wow, I knew I was out of shape but this was ridiculous! I wasn't even walking fast but I was getting out of breath and it had only been 30 minutes into my walk! I blame the air. I'm not used to such high elevation. That's exactly what it was. I'm sticking to it. So I walk up as high as I could before I found some shade and decided to take a little break and take some pictures.

It was really pretty. But you guys probably think it looks the same as my other pictures. And do you see the biker in the top picture? He could barely ride up the hill. It took forever for him to pass where I was sitting and he kept looking and smiling at me. 1. Probably because he thought I kept taking pictures of him. 2. I am the only Asian kind of anything within a 20 mile radius (I hear there's a Thai restaurant in Zurich).

So I decide to try to keep going as far as I could but about 5 minutes on the path again I saw that I was starting to catch up with the biker and he seemed to be really struggling while I was already panting. So I gave up and started downhill. Hey! I walked for an hour before giving up and going back. I'm pretty proud. So it only took me 30 minutes to get back to my hotel and I plan to do that a few times a week to see how much further I can go. So on the way back I saw these guys and thought they were pretty cute. Let's see how many of my posts involve pictures of animals.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Today was my first full day here in Switzerland. I got the day off to adjust. Last night, I couldn't really sleep all the way through. I kept waking up every hour or two since it would only be 5 pm in Houston. Plus there's a church near here with a bell that rings every 30 minutes or so. Also, at like 7 am construction started and there was drilling right outside my window. But I was able to sleep off and on until 1 pm and then I showered and walked around the town. I found a really cute cafe and had a croissant and some tea. Walked around some more and took pictures. It is very hilly here so it was all down hill and then all up hill when I walked to the hotel. Makes for some good exercise.

This is from the plane window almost landing in Zurich. The clouds were so puffy and gorgeous and it's hard to see in the photo but you can see the Alps peeking through. It was pretty amazing.

I saw this as I was walking around town. Megan had just asked me if I saw cows and if they wore bells. Indeed they do. Cute but they bring the flies so there are alot of flies here. Very annoying but its not too bad. They're not in my room and weren't swarming around me on my walk so its not horrible.

Here's a view from my room. As you can see the town is very cute. And on the left side behind the buildings you can see the alps. It's much better in real life. Then on the right side there are all these green lush hills with cows and goats and big houses.
I think one/all of you should come here and stay with me for a week or a few days even. That would be so fun! I'm serious too. If you're able please do!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sexy Pasta

Today was my last day to work at the museum before my trip to Switzerland. I did manage to capture my coworker's cubicle for you guys to see. Yeah. Those are all Star Wars toys. That's all I have to say about that. So my coworkers took me out for a lunch at Amazon Grille and it was fantastic. Then at the end of the day everyone gave me hugs goodbye and it was sweet and sad but I couldn't help smiling as I left the office. It felt great! I mean I'm coming back so I'm not that sad.After work I met up with Joanna and Erin at 59 Diner for dinner and to shoot a podcast. We decided to go to H-E-B and just record ourselves making observations about the food packaging. It was pretty fun and I'm sure we sounded like huge design nerds. Luckily, I brought along my brand new digital camera Muy bought me. It is amazing! So here's a few shots of our day at the grocery store.
This is Muy. She is the bestest friend in the world. Not only does she spoil me for no good reason, but she's the cutest!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Eleven more days...

When the giant squid bursts through the wall to play with the monkey, robot, and penguin, its hard to concentrate on work. Who would've thought that the giant squid only wanted the I heart Jim mug, but who could blame him.

Yes this is what my desk at work looks like. You may think, "How childish and immature to have all those little toys displayed on your desk." Well... you haven't seen the guy's next to me. Maybe I'll be brave and shoot a photo of it another day.

So there's only eleven more days until I leave for Switzerland. I'll be there for about eleven weeks and I guess its almost time for me to start packing. Here's what I'm thinking: Pack most of my closet, 4 different pairs of shoes, running shoes, and a pair of flats I'll be wearing to the airport. A camera (complete with batteries and charger). A laptop(complete with batteries and charger). Make up bag. Hair care products. Blowdryer and curling iron. A tote bag. A purse. Is that all? Do I need a wall plug adapter? Should I exchange some money before I go over there? Seems like something is missing. I can't think of what it is... can you?