I’m still not blogging anything political. I’m still on vacation. I’m still traipsing around Europe with the husband.
So where are we now?
We’re in Zurich, and I have to say it’s one of the most charming, beautiful, calming cities I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting!
Yes, it’s ridiculously expensive. We just had dinner at a restaurant near old town Zurich. Some nachos, a couple of drinks, and two sandwiches cost us $133 – yeah, that’s one hundred and thirty three dollars. They know they have you, because you’re a tourist and have few other options, so they’re going to bend you over and “unintentionally” forget the lube before violating you.
See, folks who live in Europe don’t go out to eat a whole lot. They generally cook at home, with ingredients that are fresh, likely bought either daily or at least every two days. Restaurants are a treat, and most of the time, restaurant owners in cities such as Zurich and others, rely on a steady stream of tourists (and the workers who work downtown and come for lunch) for their income.
So I get it. I understand why I’m paying $30 for a friggin’ club sandwich! I don’t like it, but it’s quite worth it when you consider what I get in return.
I get to stop at sweet little towns while cruising Lake Zurich and take photos of a duck.
I get to watch sailboats while I sip Schweppes Bitter Lemon.
I get to drink in blue skies and fresh air.
I get to watch street performers while I await my boat.
I get to walk along the streets of Zurich and see old buildings interspersed with really cool, modern steel and glass ones.
I get to walk along the river and marvel at how beautiful this town is!
And I get to fall in love with my surroundings.
Overall, despite the crazy expensive prices on… well… pretty much everything, I say I still come out ahead.
It’s peaceful. Crime practically doesn’t exist here. People are polite and happy with their lives. They aren’t bothered by millions of regulations or worried about the bureaucracy in their lives. Yes, there is a fairly diverse population, but at the same time, it’s a homogeneous society that has struck a balance between preserving the various cultures of the people who live here and their desire to live unmolested by others and to preserve the best that they have.
They don’t kowtow to whining newcomers. They know how they want to live their lives and what works for them. They aren’t bothered if someone decides they’re unhappy here. If you don’t like it, you’re free to leave. People come here for specific reasons – because of what this place has to offer – peace, prosperity, and freedom. And the residents of this country don’t appear to want to change that.
I think we have a lot to learn.