Wed 19 Dec 2012 - Thu 27 Dec 2012 36 °F
There will come a time when I will stop comparing - comparing food in Singapore to South Africa, comparing working in India to Singapore, comparing Christmas in the US to Christmas in Switzerland. Comparing seems unhealthy. Just accepting might be a better way to observe.
Anyways, Christmas in Switzerland is rather low-key. Walked around downtown Zurich on Christmas day and it was quiet and not tons of decorations. Very peaceful and quite pretty. But the highlight of the trip was being in St. Moritz. For me, it's the stuff that dreams are made of. The snow, the mountains, the magic of being someplace famous. Princess Diana was skied there. Dont ask me how I know this, but I have this image in my head from a long time ago of seeing her in a magazine - with one of those dated head bands, and jumper suit, and standing on top of the mountain with her two princes. Yes, St. Moritz is exactly like that!
Went up Muottas Muragl - it's at 2456 m (8000 ft). Just to test how my lungs would do. And they did just fine. It was biting cold - but fun fact - almost every Swiss building is wonderfully heated. So you dont really ever need to wear long underwear, and 3 shirts and a sweater and a scarf to keep warm. In fact, I would get warm pretty quick and start peeling off layers. Better insulation than I am used to. Another fun fact - the Swiss light live candles on their trees! With a flame. No electric lights. Quite fascinating. and apparently not quite the fire hazard that I always thought it was.
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Visited Gr's friend - a very, very interesting person: someone, who I must say, I am holding in very high esteem. He and his family live in a home that he has renovated all on his own - he has hooks on the roof that he swings off from to clear snow on heavy snow days, he plays the piano (he taught himself), he speak many languages and most recently taught himself Romanische. He baked us lunch, and gave us a tour of his small town. He drives a train for a living, and walks everywhere (they don't own a car). He's everything that I imagined a small-towner to be. But here's the rub - his thinking is far from small-town! He knows much about the world, can speak quite affirmatively about politics (and not just local politics), has opinions about travel and is quite the global citizen, without actually ever having traveled much. What an aware way to live.