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Where Is My Suitcase?

22 Jun

Where Is My Suitcase?

I wish I could say that my first day in Europe was a charm and everything I dreamed of. Well…it’s hard to be in a happy place when your suitcase didn’t arrive with you. Most of my belongings are missing, all of my clothes except the ones on my back, all of my hiking paraphernalia, shoes, personal items. SwissAir is working on it. Meanwhile, I made the best of the situation by walking around Zurich taking photographs, enjoying the beautiful weather and beautiful day. I had a light lunch along the Limmatquai by the river where I learned that Zurich is very expensive. That lunch cost $55. Here are some photos I took in the Zentrum. Late in the afternoon I wandered into the Predigerkirche near my hotel, and I heard a choir rehearsing for a concert that night. I returned to attend the choir and organ concert later that night and let the resonant sound wash over my sweaty and sleep-deprived body and bring me some serenity. Things have got to look up from here. Did I mention that my first plane landing in Chicago had a near miss? Someone is trying to kill me.

Rooftops of Zurich from my fourth floor balcony.

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Zurich Hauptbahnhof

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Pledges of love…the padlocks on the footbridge over the Limmat.

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The water of the Limmat is so clear is looks drinkable.

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Looking across to the Limmatquai.

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One of the striking church towers.

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Fresh fruit and smoothies.

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At lunch along the Limmatquai.

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Predigerkirche where the choir was rehearsing.

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26 Responses to “Where Is My Suitcase?”

  1. Linda Arthur Tejera June 22, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    Beautiful pictures. I sure hope they find all your stuff. Bummer. $55 for a light lunch??? Is that typical? Is that for one??? I had no idea…

    • Rosemarie June 22, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

      Also, the Swiss do not use Euros. They still use Swiss francs. If they accept Euros at all, they will probably charge you more.

    • Rosemarie June 22, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

      That was cold roast beef, a side salad, and a bottle of water.

  2. Heyjude June 22, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    Hope they get your case to you quickly, it is a real pain when luggage goes on its own holiday, fortunately that has only happened to me when returning home, so no big deal. At least you have your camera.

    Switzerland is HUGELY expensive, I ate my most expensive salad in Geneva – £22, but it is awfully scenic too…

    • john e. anglin June 22, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

      Hope things get better. Looking forward to more pictures and good news posts.

      • Rosemarie June 22, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

        There will definitely be more pictures. I’m hoping for the good news posts.

  3. hitandrun1964 June 22, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

    Your photographs are beautiful…camera is doing its job, that’s for sure. Sorry about your suitcase. Hope that’s resolved quickly. Have fun.

    • Rosemarie June 22, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

      Going to my cousin’s tomorrow in Konstanz. I’ll wait things out there with company. I’m jet lagged.

  4. Bob Muenchausen June 22, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    You look happy to be there and relaxed, regardless. Not a bad first day.

    • Rosemarie June 22, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

      I tried to put myself in a happy place, just like I did when I was crammed into that tiny space for seven hours on the airplane.

  5. ladyofthecakes June 23, 2013 at 12:19 am #

    Ahrgh, missing suitcase, what a nightmare!!! You’ll feel better once it’s turned up (they usually do) and you’ve had some sleep. Switzerland is horrendously expensive…I think only Norway is worse.
    Hope you’ll have a better day tomorrow.
    Nice pics 🙂

  6. megtraveling June 23, 2013 at 12:28 am #

    I hope you get your suitcase soon. Zurich looks beautiful… 🙂

  7. Angeline M June 23, 2013 at 2:33 am #

    So sorry to hear this! Not the best way to start a trip, but the airlines are usually good about retrieving things. Sleep may help you feel a lot better.

  8. Sonel June 23, 2013 at 5:47 am #

    Makes me even more reluctant to every fly Rosemarie and I am glad I don’t like travelling, but I am glad you landed there safely and love the photo’s. Enjoy! 😀 *hugs*

  9. Miss Ayo Délé June 23, 2013 at 6:43 am #

    I’m sorry for you.
    It’s really annoying.

  10. yarnwuseleien.wordpress.com June 23, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    I am sorry but hope, you will get the suitcase as soon as possible. Have a great time in Konstanz … do you go to Hamburg? 😉

  11. Pat Kozemski June 23, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    Oh Ree. I hope it arrives soon. Take a pic of the hotel. Nice balcony shot.

  12. The Palladian Traveler June 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    Zurich, lovely as it is, is SO darn expensive. Saw in your follow-up post that your luggage arrived.Whew! All is well. Enjoy those mountain tops. You can probably tune in to KMOX on the old transistor and follow the Redbirds.

  13. ruthincolorado June 23, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    $55? Ouch.

  14. mamacormier June 24, 2013 at 1:34 am #

    Are you using your iPad? A friend lent me one to take on my trip. I’m using it right now but I haven’t tried writing my posts with it. I’ll be experimenting with it for the next two weeks. I hope you get your luggage back soon. Are you able to make some of your own meals? I remember when I worked in Germany at the hotel, some of the guests would order extra meat or cheese with their complementary breakfast and make sandwiches with the extra broetchen and pack them up for lunch.

    • Rosemarie June 24, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

      I left my ipad at home. I couldn’t use it to do what I wanted. I have my MacBookPro with me and an external hard drive. I take my photos from the camera and put them directly onto my external hard drive. I also upload them to my smugmug.com account in the cloud. My suitcase arrived yesterday morning before I left for Konstanz. It was a sweet reunion.

  15. Colin Butterworth June 26, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    That isn’t the greatest way to start an holiday, but it will be memorable. I have begun to realise that the unplanned misadventures of a trip are the ones that you remember the best. They may not be fond memories, but they make you think of the trip which hopefully leads you to better, more pleasant memories.

    • Rosemarie June 26, 2013 at 5:29 am #

      Seeing my suitcase was like finding a long lost relative. Instant love.

  16. naomimgruer June 26, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Sounds like you got your suitcase–yay! Love your great photos.

    • Rosemarie June 26, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

      24 hours late but I’ve got it now.

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