When I was done with my self exploration of Zurich on Wednesday, I went to the Aboretum, a park in down town Zürich along the lake shore.
I came here because I thought it was going to be the best place to find two trees to hang my hammock. When I finally found two perfect trees, I sat on a bench across them for ten minutes pondering what I was about to do. Is illegal to use public frees for recreational use? What if I get thrown in jail for taking a nap? If I were to go to jail at all, that would be the most ideal reason for such a situation. After watching how the locals were using the area, I mustered up the courage to string my hammock up.
I situated myself and tried to look as inconspicuous as possible, but the two trees were at the intesection of two major walkways. Everyone gazed at me to see who had strung a hammock in the park, but fortunately no one cared enough to disturb my slumber.
Maybe I inspired them to relax outside more often...just maybe.
I walked to Brett's flat in downtown and I was so relieved to see his name on the buzzer on the street door. He immediately came down and greeted me with a warm, Texan smile. What a relief to finally hear English! We headed upstairs to chat and have a meal. He had prepared a classic Italian red sauce over linguini with Swiss sausage. He asked my to cut up the fresh basil to garnish the meal.
The smell of the fresh basil was incredibly relaxing; handling such fresh herbs in such a lush and organic country felt made me feel like I was already doing things right in Europe.
Brett later informed me that all of the ingredients in the sauce he hand made were from fresh produce grown locally in Zürich and the sausage was from somewhere else in Switzerland. It must have been a combination of the fresh localities and Brett's kitchen skills that made that meal taste so darn good. He thought I needed a touch of home on the top of the pasta so he added a scoop of Philadelphia cream cheese! Later, his girlfriend joined us for an evening excursion around Zurich. We went atop a hill that over looked the city as the sun set. We were on the outskirts of the city because just behind us was dense European forest.
We walked all around the city afterwards, exploring the old and new areas of Zürich.
I have been so blessed to have such an amazing host for my first night. Brett has taken extreme care of me, carefully ensuring I am well fed and entertained.