Author: Larisa

Pumpkin shopping at Juckerfarm, Switzerland

Fall fun & Halloween pumpkins at Juckerfarm

I love fall, pumpkins, and Halloween, and no matter where in the world I live, I try my best to celebrate October in full color and costume. So you can imagine how excited I was to find that there is a sprawling farm overlooking Pfäffikersee, that is filled with thousands of pumpkins of various shapes and forms, and you can get there with a direct 30 min train from Zürich 🙂 

Hiking to Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli in Appenzell

Hiking in Appenzell

If you follow people who live in Switzerland through Instagram, you will without a doubt come across the classic picture of the Aescher Berggasthaus. Carved into the mountain, this little wooden house, with a pointy roof and a panoramic patio, looks too good to be true. But a pleasant 20-minute descent from the Ebenalp peak down the path that goes through fields and a cave, on the last curve, you walk right into this postcard view.

Sitting near a fountain in Niederdorf, Zurich

6 months in: 6 things about Zürich

Half a year living in Switzerland! Somebody pinch me. Even though this is all happening to me, it still feels surreal sometimes.

For this mini-milestone, I thought it would be fun to list 6 things about Zürich that I find unique and that, in one way or another, shape my everyday life. From church bells, trams and rooftops, to water, vibe and internationality – here is my list.

Sunset at Burkliplatz in Zurich

Five months in

It doesn’t feel like it’s been 5 months, but as I’m typing this, I’m on my way to Milano, the train is rolling south through Switzerland, there are Alps outside my window, and there is no denying it – it’s warm, it’s late May, and I’ve added another month to my experience in der Schweiz. 

Purple blooming wisteria in a Zurich park

Spring in Zürich part II

I purposely added two types of photos to this post: bright and sunny snapshots of an afternoon in wisteria-covered Belvoirpark, and moody green on gray pictures of rainy streets in Kreis 3. It’s a contrast that wasn’t there when I wrote my previous post, but now a month and a half later, I think it’s time to give a proper spring update. If someone asks me, “So how is spring in Zürich?” I will now refer them to this side by side comparison of March and April 😀

View from Monte San Salvatore, Lugano

Chasing the sun in Lugano

Who knew that just two hours by train from Zürich there is a little slice of southern paradise? Think palm trees, green hills, bright flowers, pink houses, lots of boats, narrow cobblestone streets and warm sunshine even when the rest of Switzerland is still doing the gray spring thing.