I’ve long been impressed by the number of picnic spots and benches scattered along the trails on Zürichberg – the hill above our home – and on Uetliberg, the hill on the opposite side of the lake. Many include a fanciful water fountain, running constantly, with fresh, high-quality drinking water. Each comes with a little campfire ring; campfires seem to be deep in the Swiss culture, and common even on the edge of the city.
Today, finally, we took advantage of the sunny weather to walk up to my favorite viewpoint on Zürichberg, scrounge some sticks from the forest, build a small fire, cook some sausages, slip them inside some rolls fresh from the bakery, and soak in the view of the Alps beyond Zürich. It’s definitely an antidote for cabin fever!