Brigitta and Peter had to go into Zurich early this morning, so they suggested that I take the train into the city around 9:00 A.M. and meet them for breakfast at a café owned by one of Switzerland's finest chocolatiers, Sprungli. Peter said that they would wait for me on the first floor.
By 9:30 I arrived at the "Bahnhof" (train station) in downtown Zurich.
From there I headed down "Bahnhofstrasse", Zurich's most elegant shopping avenue. I easily found Sprungli.
I looked inside, but there was no sign of Brigitta and Peter. So, I waited outside on the sidewalk. After a few minutes I noticed someone coming down the street who looked a lot like my cousin Annatina (Brigitta's daughter). It was Annatina! "Aren't they here yet?" she asked me. Stupid me, I should have known better. In Europe, just as in Mexico, what we call the first floor is the ground floor, and the first floor is what we call the second floor. We went upstairs and there were Brigitta and Peter. They had already ordered a sampler tray of chocolates for me.
Annatina and Brigitta
And then there were the birthday presents. Annatina gave me a box of traditional chocolate cookies called "huppen". Brigitta, who is an accomplished seamstress and who has an embroidery machine, embroidered a towel with the two Swiss German words that I learned while I was here...
"Gruezi" is a typical Swiss greeting, and remember "Schlorziflade"?... the local dessert that I managed to order when we were at the Alpine fest. Now I will have no excuse for forgetting those words!
It was a great beginning to my birthday. Tomorrow I leave for Norway, but I still have more to tell about my day in Zurich.