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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.
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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!

The Big Europe Trip: Google Zurich

22 Aug

We’d planned our entire Europe trip around a week in Zurich because James had a bunch of meetings at the Google office.

As soon as we checked into our hotel we walked a couple of minutes to Google to do our laundry – it was a lifesaver being able to wash our clothes midway during the trip. While we were waiting we explored the campus.
IMG_20190505_164508There was a slide in the cafeteria.IMG_20190505_164706And a fireman’s pole in one of the lounges.
MVIMG_20190505_171216And a reminder that everyone in Switzerland speaks like, 5 languages.
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There were also work pods made out of old ski gondolas. I guess the one on the left was garden themed and the one on the right was fruit themed.MVIMG_20190505_165100Inclusive toilets! Mermaids, superheroes and aliens welcome.
IMG_20190505_162303More cool work pods and a very stylish alligator: MVIMG_20190505_171016One of the cafeterias:
MVIMG_20190505_190222There were also a ton of lounges. James said the pods and lounges aren’t really that heavily used in the offices he’s worked in, but the Zurich office was really overcrowded (until the new offices are finished I guess) so they were always packed.

I think this was called the Sky Lounge or something like that:
MVIMG_20190505_170036The James Bond lounge (don’t get too excited – the bottles were empty):MVIMG_20190505_191119Though it did have a secret door.
IMG_20190508_090548We didn’t find it ourselves – someone showed James later.

Me: Ooh, what was behind the secret door?
James: More lounge.

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There was also a Star Wars room:
MVIMG_20190505_191703And a Western themed one:
IMG_20190505_191355With swinging saloon doors. This lounge ain’t big enough for the two of us …IMG_20190505_191345I don’t remember the theme of this one, but it had a micro kitchen, slack line, climbing rope, basketball hoop and work pods. IMG_20190505_171543A Google office isn’t complete without the lego room and pool table. It’s hard to see but along the bottom of the display wall in the back there ws a trough spanning the length of the room with lego pieces you could use for your masterpiece.MVIMG_20190505_191926A water lounge – intriguing! And vacant!
IMG_20190505_165658 Ooooooh.IMG_20190505_165603Oh, this was really cool. You could order groceries by scanning the QR codes on the wall and get them sent to the office.
IMG_20190505_192440I think the shopping trolleys are normally filled with snacks and fruits. In the back right you can also see one of the many Movenpick ice cream fridges scattered around the office. I always like looking through the snacks because they seem like a window into the local culture – in the Zurich office the snacks seemed to mainly be chocolate (usually Swiss, but some American brands too) or healthy things like dried fruit and nuts.

Drawers full of chocolate:
IMG_20190505_170219Oh yeah, and the bread! James had been told by one of his colleagues that one of the most memorable things about the Zurich office was how much bread there was. She said there were always bread knives and random loaves of bread lying around which, even on the weekend, was true.

This is the picture James took to send her lol:
IMG_20190505_170115But yeah, Zurich was one of the nicer Google offices I’ve seen. I’m glad we visited it on a Sunday afternoon when nobody was there so we got to explore it properly. And how convenient that we were able to do our laundry at the same time. =)