Switzerland…

…where taxi is probably more expensive than anywhere else in the world (at an eye-watering rate of >CHF3 per km), whereas Evian is so cheap (less than CHF1 per 750ml bottle, or as a colleague of mine puts it ‘Evian flows out of the tap in Switzerland’)

…where public services are equally or even more efficient than Singapore (no queue, and it took me literally less than 20 seconds to go through customs even with my Vietnam passport), yet the pace of life seems so much slower

…where a tiny town called Basel is home to two pharmaceutical giants (Novartis and Roche)

…where GDP per capita is so high, but the highest building in the country is merely 178m tall (41 floors).

…where the population is so old (I almost got a heart attack going into a local restaurant full of seniors), but breath-taking scenery is everywhere (even along rail tracks)

…where food is nowhere near the level of diversity and tastiness in Asia (as a Vietnamese living in Singapore now, I’m obviously biased (and spoiled) here), except one thing – chocolate. Spriigli chocolate literally melts in your mouth, yummy!!!

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Basel

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A tram line in Basel

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Roche’s Building 1 – the tallest building in Switzerland

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Walking along the Rhine

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Zurich

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Approaching Zurich

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Zürich Hauptbahnhof (Main Station) – the biggest railway station in Switzerland

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Two guys giving out free Koran on Bahnhofstrasse

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Bahnhofstrasse – Zurich’s main downtown street

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Along Limmat River

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Zurich’s Old Town

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Zurich Lake

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Grossmünster church – Beautiful bronze door handles

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Polke’s ‘The Son of Man’

 

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