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The Big Europe Trip: Zurich

5 Sep

The next week James was working out of the Google office in Zurich. I spent a couple of days exploring the city and another couple of days doing day trips – thanks Swiss Travel Pass!

This was the hotel we stayed at. It was a 2 minute walk to the office for James but a little bit away from Old Town.
Old Town was the main tourist part of Zurich. This was a square where sometimes people would just sit and chill.
IMG_20190509_191749There were lots of lovely views of mountains and bridges. IMG_20190507_204049As pretty as it was, there wasn’t a ton of stuff to do in Zurich. I mainly walked around Old Town (sightseeing and souvenir shopping) and went to the different museums.

The Museum For Design had a really cool section for well-designed items. Prominently displayed is the Mondaine clock that’s at all the train stations.IMG_20190508_113029The Swiss National Museum had the most to see, and the best exhibits were the permanent ones about Swiss history and geography.

This one was really cool. I wish I’d written down exactly what it was, but it was to do with who held what political role in the different cantons of Switzerland. As you can see, it was incredibly intricate.MVIMG_20190508_141034 (1)Hey! Google’s bathroom sign made it into the national museum!MVIMG_20190508_135153The last museum I went to was the Kunsthaus, partially because it really looks like it would be the German word for cunt house (but it’s actually an art museum). I took some photos of my favourite pieces to show James.

A carrot reclining on a bed of clay. Why? I don’t know, it’s being sexy or something.
IMG_20190508_160926 Child sits on grumpy turtle: IMG_20190508_161558Cow caught eating cabbage:
IMG_20190508_161539I also bought a couple of souvenir Kunsthaus pencils because I’m immature.

I think if you’re visiting Switzerland for awhile (2-3 weeks) you could spare a day or two for Zurich, but there are more interesting places to visit. But that’s a pretty bummer way to end this post, so here is a list of things I really enjoyed about Zurich:

This video James sent me of a bin near Google blowing out bubbles:20190509_090338-ANIMATIONSkipping dessert at restaurants and going to a fancy chocolate shop to pick out beautiful little chocolates instead.MVIMG_20190506_194000Fondue!IMG_20190507_190141Also it goes without saying that the public transport was incredible. Since I had the Swiss Travel Pass I used it for normal transport around the city and also to travel to Basel and the Rhine Falls. That’ll be the last post in the Switzerland series – we still have five days in Paris to go!

Buying Art For Our New Apartment

13 Jul

I know I’m trying to keep our purchases lean and mean, but I can’t live without stuff on the walls. Unfortunately, an apartment with 11 foot ceilings means the walls are enormous. Even large prints look ridiculously tiny – I know this because I’ve been holding up (OK I’ve been getting James to hold up) appropriately sized pieces of cardboard to gauge size requirements.

AllPosters has a huge variety of prints in various sizes, all very reasonably priced and – best of all – you can get your selection framed and delivered. I definitely didn’t want to be lugging a giant poster around Seattle getting various framing quotes.

Anyway James and I decided on this giclée print in a black frame with polar white matting:

image from AllPosters

Apparently it’s a reproduction of a vintage Seattle travel poster. There were a bunch of Seattle posters, including one that advertised Lake Union, which is where we live, but ultimately we chose this one because it was Seattley (which will be nice and sentimental for when we return to Melbourne) but also monstery (which we can enjoy right now). Originally I was like “huh, Bigfoot?” but it turns out he lives in the Pacific Northwest, so there you go.

It was the second largest size (36 x 48 inches). I would have gone with the largest but AllPosters wouldn’t frame that one. I used a 25% off coupon code and 6% cashback from Fatwallet and including delivery it came to under $300, which I’m happy with for a print and frame that size.

That one was easy to buy because it was reasonably priced James and I (and incidentally, Cat) all liked it. Unfortunately the other piece I want is a bit more contentious. I want a commissioned clay portrait (of either me/James or the cats) in a way that I can’t properly explain. It’s like she gets the major details right but everything else bears little to no resemblance to the original, and that just makes me love it in a completely unironic way. The only thing stopping me is that I worry the portrait won’t be as glorious as I imagine.

James: (patting Kyoto) You’re the good one
Me: *indignant squawk*
James: (still patting Kyoto) You don’t demand any art


Whatever. It will be mine.