Wrote this yesterday and then in my excitement at arriving in Nice, forgot to post it!

Sitting in the Zurich airport – arrived from Dublin and am now waiting for my flight to Nice. I can’t avail myself of the 1 hour of free wifi as to register you have to give them your cell phone number and they will text you a password – but turning on my phone here to receive a text message would probably cost me as much in roaming charges as a month of Internet. So instead I’m writing this posting on my iPad to post when I arrive in Nice – assuming that I have free wifi in my hotel there.

My observations of the Zurich airport so far are thus:

  • It’s big. They actually have a sign with a table telling you how long you have to walk to get from one set of gates to another. For example, to get from Gates A/B to D is 15-20 mins, from Gates E to gates A/B is 25-30 mins. Oddly, there are no Gates C.
  • They have kiosks for cigarettes alongside the ones for alcohol, chocolates, and perfumes. There are also smoking lounges – so far I’ve found one sponsored by Camel and one sponsored by Winston.
  • Prices here are in Swiss francs1 and I’ve found a restaurant that gives the conversion from Euros to Swiss francs and from Canadian dollars to Swiss francs, but doing two times as much math as I’ve gotten used to doing (first to convert pounds to Canadian dollars while in London and then to convert Euros to Canadian dollars while in Ireland) doesn’t sound like that much fun to me. I was able to tell, however, without having to do the math that the 345 Swiss franc shoes that I’ve fallen in love with in one of the stores here is a lot of money for a pair of shoes.
  • Everyone in this airport is at least 75% more beautiful than people in any airport I’ve previously been to.
    1. I hadn’t given it any thought prior to arriving for my stopover – I’d assumed that they were part of the EU and used the Euro in Switzerland! Apparently I was mistaken on both counts! []