Today I slept in and awoke to the smell of bacon cooking. This smell reminded me of a time when I would spend the night at my grandmother Leondar's house where I would awake on Sunday morning to the same smell. But not only was there bacon this morning, Brett had prepared a table with eggs and thyme, croissants and cherries from France! It doesn't get much better than that. Brett wanted to show me his neighborhood so we took a stroll down the street. This is not a typical American suburbia neighborhood, no, it's much different. Four story apartments line the small peaceful streets. Each apartment is pushed directly into the neighboring building, all with their steeped roofs and perching balconies. Local stores occupy the ground floor of each building. Everything a person could need is within a few hundred steps of your front door. We first stopped at the comic book and action figure store where Brett knew the owners very well.
Who would have though this existed among the streets of Zürich?
Next was the English book store where again, Brett was well acquainted with the owner who he had brought radish for good health.
Brett and I had been talking about books and writing earlier in the day (he is a writer and publisher himself!) and we decided I should read Henry David Thoreau's Walden, so purchased a copy from Daniel, the owner of the bookstore.
Brett's band had played a show in the bookstore once and there was a photo of them on one of the bookshelves.
Our last stop before heading home was the Kosher grocery store. Though he is not Jewish himself, Brett lives very close to an Orthodox Jewish synagogue where a Kosher store sits across the street.
He wanted a few items that only that store offered, not to mention he also knew the personnel of that store!
Upon taking this photo, the gentleman said, "you got me" with a rather unimpressed expression. I did not know how to react, but Brett later explained that I should be a slightly conservative with my photography in his community...noted!
Along with writing, Brett is also a fantastic guitarist and vocalist. He writes all of the songs for his band, Captain Ludd. He had band rehearsal later that evening, so he and I jammed on some of their new material.
What great fun to play with such a talented musician! That evening we headed down the street (again, only a few hundred steps) to Duncan's house for a delicious rice and vegetable curry dish and band rehearsal. Luckily then entire band spoke English to each other so I felt like one of the members. Duncan is the band's guitarist extraordinaire and impromptu bassist who has been a professional musician his entire life...and it sure does show!
Brett is the lead singer and one of the three guitarists.
Tyko Runesson plays the mandolin, harmonica and pretty much anything else that needs to be played. He also makes custom guitars and other stringed instruments that sound fantastic. The brand is named after himself, Runesson Guitars.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to their rehearsal. A completely relaxed environment of creative and constructive criticism for one purpose of creating and playing beautiful music.
And finally their band's manager, Andrew, who agreed, so kindly might I add, to let me stay in his flat for an extended two days while Brett was busy.
This was a wonderful conclusion to a second day in Zürich. I still can't believe the hospitality I have received.