Last Day in Switzerland

Last Day in Switzerland

Day five of YP reporter Joyee Chan's trip to the country of clocks and chocolate

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Photos: Joyee Chan
On the last day of the press tour, I arrived in the hustle and bustle of Zurich close to the borders of Switzerland and Germany. It is the largest city in the country and home to a large number of financial institutions and banking giants.

The first stop in the morning is the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich). The university is ranked the 15th best university in the world by Times magazine in 2010. It boasts 21 Nobel laureates – including both students and professors – with the famous of them being Albert Einstein in 1921.

Einstein studied at ETH Zurich from 1896 to 1900 and was professor for theoretical physics from 1912 to 1914. It was during his time in the school that he started discussing with mathematician Marcel Grossmann about the basics of the general theory of relativity that would rock the world of physics a few years later.

The weather was very much like Hong Kong in the afternoon, only a lot drier. I took a cruise on Lake Zurich with my fellow reporters. We enjoyed a lunch of deep-fried wings with chips while basking in the sunshine and marvelling at spectacular view of Zurich. It is a beautiful city, but I prefer the old town of Bern with the lush green peninsula and winding canal.

Then, I took the precious three hours of free time in town to do some last minute shopping for the Young Post team. (Dennis took the lead in the chocolate hunt, sniffing around for any hint of sweet chocolate scents in the air.) I ended up with two humungous bags of chocolates, cheese and cookies.

We dined at Restaurant Zeughauskeller with our tour guide Katharina Antonietti. They serve some hearty local specialities in a rustic dining hall. I am impressed by their metre-long sausage and veal on a sword. I will come back just for eating their food.

I am happy to have learnt more about Albert Einstein and met a handful of scientists and experts on this jam-packed five-day trip. It’s sad to part with Switzerland and my travel companions. I am looking forward to coming back and perhaps some skiing in the Alps.

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