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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Grüezi!

We've arrived safely in Bern. Switzerland is wonderful!

We spent two days in New York because Aaron had a few meetings. Our anniversary dinner at Babbo was amazing. They have the longest (Italian) wine list I've ever seen. We split the garganelli with funghi trifolati as an appetizer. It was the best pasta I'd ever had. A couple of years ago, Aaron and I converted to fresh pasta. He made pasta from scratch once, and we swore we would never go back. His pasta's good, but this was perfect. I had the rabbit with Brussels sprouts, pancetta and a carrot vinaigrette; Aaron had the grilled lamb chops with eggplant in scapece and lemon yogurt. We had the 2000 Salice Salentino Selvarossa off the wine list. For dessert, Aaron had a strawberry tart with balsamic vinegar and zabaglione, and I had the gelati and sorbetti assortment. I wish I had taken pictures of all of it.

We had a little trouble getting the cats through security at JFK, but it worked out in the end. I worried about them during the whole trip. When we landed in Zürich, I asked someone at the money changing counter in German where our cats would be coming out. I was so upset - all I could understand from her very fast set of directions was the word for "door." My German fared better when we got to customs.

The drive to Bern was a pleasant hour and fifteen minutes. I was amazed, and I still continue to be amazed, at how free of litter and garbage the roads are. The buses are immaculate. Oh, and people aren't joking when they say you can set your watch to them. They are all remarkably on time, and some of the buses are equipped with GPS so you can stand at a stop and know the exact minute that it will arrive. We both have our yearly passes that allow us to travel all over Bern, and we definitely had to get over the sticker shock.

Yes, everything is expensive, but it's not as bad as I thought it would be. We had the best brie we've ever tasted that cost us about $5.00. A lot of the produce is cheaper here than in the US - a plus since it'll force us to eat less processed food. My German has proven adequate enough to ask for food at restaurants and shop at the grocery store.

We had our first dinner at the Altes Tramdepot in front of the famous Bärengraben. Great food, but we accidentally spent WAY too much when I failed to see the "pro Persone" in front of the price. Oops.

I love it here. Everyone has been so nice. Bern is wonderful. We should be getting an apartment soon, and that's when the real living will begin.

4 Comments:

  • At 4:31 PM , Blogger Leslie said...

    That's wonderful! I'm so glad y'all made it safely! Please keep in touch!

     
  • At 7:16 AM , Anonymous Matt said...

    Yay! I am glad that the four of you made it safely. For a little while I was starting to get worried since we hadn't heard from you.

    I have news. Check my journal. :)

     
  • At 3:18 AM , Anonymous Marisa said...

    Very glad to hear you have arrived safely and are happily settling in. Can't wait to hear all sorts of stories about the adventures you have over there!

     
  • At 4:51 PM , Blogger Becca said...

    Make sure you purchase bus and train tickets even if they rarely (if ever) check for them. And make sure you never ever put your trash in the wrong bags. Ok, those may be an obvious statements. But I think I may still be wanted in Switzerland because of unpaid fines for those two offenses.

    (I'm a total stranger, but I will totally be reading your blog with nostalgia for my short 6 months in Switzerland... my blog is www.pilesofrock.com)

     

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