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Zurich Connection


Elisabeth Kuehn

A little change in direction

I’m sure you know that sometimes you decide to change an avenue or direction for whatever the reason may be; could be to try something new just for the sake of it or it could be a take-off from an original path. And now you’re probably wondering what all this abstract stuff is that I’m speaking about. Let me put a few things into focus.

Over the last few months, there have been quite a few moments that have offered me a change in perspective and idea. These have of course taken much of my time, physical and emotional energy to deal with. This is certainly not a rant nor a complaint. However, it has simply affected a few things over on this side of the pond, namely time. So, this, after my long introductory tangent – have I mentioned that I love to go out on tangents – is to say that this is why you haven’t heard from me in a while. I know, I know, you’ve been very sad to not to have heard what the deal is over here in Zürich. Or, you could not care in the least since you’re probably glued to the TV or the newscast to see how the upcoming American elections might affect the world of politics. Ok, I’ll let you go on that one since, I guess it’s a valid excuse!

Back to my point, which I still have not clearly explained. The Zürich Connection is not going on hiatus, but there will be a slight change in plans. I will now be writing to you quarterly as, yes, sometimes other demands get in the way. That is not to say that writing here is not sometimes more exciting! But I’m sure you know what I mean. So, that being said, I would like to take you back to a little itty bitty festival that I had the pleasure of attending this past weekend. You may have heard of it: Oktoberfest. Does it ring a bell? Yeah, I thought so! Check it out to make your plans for next year: www.oktoberfest.de.

If you’re smart, you reserve your seat in a tent or choice. I’m told that the "In" tent changes every year and that you just have to know which one it is… although with most, you can’t really go wrong! What’s the problem with litres and litres of beer, roasted chicken, bratwurst, brez’n and of course good company with lots of gemütlichkeit?!!! And who knew that a specialty of the Wiesn was also white fish, salmon or walleyed pike on a brötchen? I must say that I had a craving for the roasted chicken with a Bierchen and Brez’n. Aren’t you glad to know that my wishes were fulfilled! And of course, a ride on the Riesenrad (at night makes it a little more romantic!)


Hey, try out the Milking Cow game (Zitzenzauber; click on Gaudi on the left toolbar!) while you’re on the site. It’s quite funny, yet quite disturbing! I only managed to fill up the basket up to 70 litres. You’d think that would be pretty good, but compared to the people who filled almost 400 litres, I hang my head in shame. If you’re still entäuscht, try the Hackemeister!

Anyhow, with the 5.9 million people who passed through the gates to the Wiesn, oom-papahed with the best of them, and the 5.5 million litres of Bier that were enjoyed, fun was had by all in even the worst weather! Check out another picture of the initial Oktoberfest Parade downtown Munich. Too bad I forgot my Dirndl at home! I’ll be better prepared next year!

And on that note, I leave you for the time being and I wish you a good time until Christmas!

Ciao, Elizabeth J


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