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A trip to Zurich

Here I am in Switzerland again after having been away from here for long time. However, this time I am here to celebrate the first birthday of a new member of my family’s favorite couple. I would not be exaggerating if I declared that this is the cutest baby in the world. It is impossible not to be captured by his gravity; he is such as special baby. Please Allah may you protect him from the evil eye. We are all so in love with him. :)



Another difference aspect regarding my visit to Switzerland this time around is that I am travelling with my husband. Even though it was quite difficult to persuade into coming with me, I am glad he came.
 
Straight after my cousin’s wedding in Adana, we flew to Zurich on the 8:00 a.m. flight. My brothers, Tuğba and Lemi, who arrived a day before us, came to the airport to pick us up and after that we went home straight away. I have really missed them, as the last time I saw them both was at my wedding.



Tuğba decided to make some traditional Raclette, which is a cheese particular to Switzerland and France and a dish based on melting cheese and scrapping off the melted part. There are many types of the modern electric table-top grills suitable for two or more people. Small pieces of cheese are placed onto the small pans of the grill. The melted cheese is then poured onto boiled potatoes, onions, dry meat or ham and then served. I was very excited as this was the first time I was going to try Raclette, as it’s not a popular meal in the summertime, which is when I am usually here. With self-servis and long conversations, people enjoy Raclette around a table.




The next day, we started preparing for Lemi’s birthday party. The day before we blew up the balloons, we prepared the party equipment as well as the salads. We had a great day with the guests at the party.

On the third day, we went to one of my favorite places, Rapperswil. This is a fairytale-like, incredibly joyous place. The city makes me experience many different feelings with its history, nature and culture.



On the fourth day, we decided to chill out and so we went to a thermal pool situated right across from where Tuğba’s parents live. It is the easiest place to go to. Swimming in a warm pool with a view of the Alps on a chilly day really makes one feel relaxed.
 


On the fifth day, we wanted to spend some downtown. We took a couple of photographs in Rathausbrücke and walked to Bahnhofstrasse to do some shopping. The weather was overcast and rainy as always, but this did not hold us back from having a good time. Later that day, we took my husband to the airport, as he had to leave early for a business meeting. 



On the last day, my brother and I set off after we packed our luggage.

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