• Norway!

    Norway: Sunnylvsfjord. Go Now!

    Norway
    Known for its natural beauty, Norway is home to isolated villages, fjords, and mountains that create a culture and landscape without compare. Begin Your Journey!

  • Vatican City!

    Vatican City: Vatican Museums. Go Now!

    Vatican City
    The smallest country in the world offers the heart of Catholicism and among the world's finest art collections, including the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms (ceiling pictured). Go to Vatican City!

  • Macedonia!

    Macedonia: Traditional architecture. Go Now!

    Macedonia
    Macedonia is a country still finding its unique identity, but its architecture is already one of a kind. Explore Macedonia!

  • Austria!

    Austria: Belvedere Palace. Go Now!

    Austria
    Belvedere Palace (pictured) is just one of many palaces found in Vienna. The capital is a good start to Austria, which also features the Alps, the Lakes District, and incredible history & food. Go Now!

  • Spain!

    Spain: Guell Park and Gaudi architecture. Go Now!

    Spain
    Fusion foods, lively music, historic ruins, and cultural events like the Running of the Bulls and La Tomatina make Spain and Barcelona (pictured) a favorite tourist destination. Explore Spain!

  • Ukraine!

    Ukraine: Traditional Village. Go Now!

    Ukraine
    Ukrainian culture is based on village life, particularly that found in the Carpathian Mountains (pictured). Begin Your Journey!

Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich

January 8, 2004
Lost in a City of Professors

My plane landed at about 7:30pm, I got off, went to the bathroom, exchanged money, went through customs, and bought a train ticket within about 20 minutes; at 8:10 I got on the train to downtown which took 10 minutes... unbelievable.

The directions to the hotel, however were poor and I got lost, but found my way with the help of a few locals. No sooner had I arrived, did I leave to see the city. The temperature outside was three degrees, which was steamy compared to Russia, so I went without a coat.

The city is incredible, the sidewalks and side streets are all stone and very narrow. The area is hilly so there are very narrow streets winding up hills between buildings. The architecture has a very medieval feel about it on the streets, but the night life and interiors bring me to the modern day and are very stylish.

The people speak German and it seemed everywhere you go there are young couples strolling the streets alongside older men, who look like professors, very elegantly dressed and many times in groups, eating and drinking. The attitude seemed to be very positive and relaxed; the people very helpful and kind. I felt very safe and felt like I got sent back 500 years into the past to a city that still exists in looks, feel, and history, but modern in reality.

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