It was 2:00pm at Delta HQ when my phone rang. It was Kristin. "We have to make the 4:30 to Zurich, Bermuda is completely booked up for tomorrow." It was Memorial Day weekend, and we needed to use the extra day off as extravagantly as possible. I asked no questions. Within minutes, I scrambled to close up my work. I cleaned out my teapot, saved my excel files, and raced home to pick up Kristin. Within two hours, we were boarding a flight for Zurich. Working for an airline has its benefits, the contours of which I am just beginning to explore.
Zurich is the top city on the Economist cost of living index, but we found it easy to stay there on the cheap. We booked our 4 star hotel through Priceline "pick a price" for about $140 after tax, we dined on Bratwursts and pretzel rolls (a personal favorite), and used Zurich's superb train and subway system to get around when foot travel was not in option.
I did not find it prohibitively expensive at all. In fact, I was not nearly as fatigued from sticker shock as I have been in the past in places like Singapore, London, or the Kathmandu International Airport - where I once bought a Kit Kat bar for something like $5.
Anyways, here are some pictures from our spectacular trip to Zurich: