I know I am overdue with my blog postings and haven’t updated in a while so this is just a post to say, I am still alive and still traveling. But if you’ve been following my twitter updates, you’ll know that I am now currently in the land of the best chocolates in the world, Switzerland.
Coming to Switzerland is unplanned. After I celebrated my 1 year travel anniversary, I was getting ready to go back home to America. My original ticket was on April but I was still living and loving Chiang Mai and decided to stay for the Songkran Festival. I changed it to May and maxed out my one year. But when I came home to the Philippines from Vietnam last May, my father got ill so I decided to stay a bit longer at my parents’ home and spend more time with family and friends. So again, I had to change my flight.
Flying back to the US during summer is expensive and most of the seats are full. The only available option was a Manila-Singapore-Zurich-New York bound flight. The Singapore leg had a 7-hour layover and flying via Europe would mean I have to take a longer route and more travel time. It normally takes me maximum of 24 hours to come home to Manila from New York, but this time it would take me 36 hours. It wasn’t the best option but since I was flying only with my miles, I had to take whatever seat there is available for award tickets. I really didn’t want to pay for my flight so I have to take my only option.
Clearly this wasn’t the best travel itinerary. Remembering lesson #21 of what I wrote during my anniversary post, it was another opportunity to make an uncontrollable experience a positive one.
I’ve been to Singapore once and know the transport system quite well as it’s so easy. And since one of my best friends moved to Singapore two months ago, I decided to surprise and see her even for a few hours. We’ve been trying to meet up in ages but because of my constant travels and schedule changes, it had become difficult. But because I had a long layover, it was the perfect chance for me to see her again and I’m so glad I had the layover.
Next is that I’ve never been to Europe. Not even on a business trip nor a connecting flight. This was my first experience to actually fly into Europe. I remembered I had one cousin who’s actually in Europe. I didn’t know exactly where she is so I sent her a message. Surprise surprise, she is in Zurich.
My original plan was to visit Europe after coming home to the US. But somehow, this flight change has been a lot more favorable to me. And did I mention, my flight was with Singapore Airlines? Not bad at all. But then again, another thing was still quite off. This was only a connecting flight and I still have a return ticket to New York.
The moment I went to the counter of Singapore Air in Manila, I informed the rep to drop my baggage in Zurich. Since I was still in Asia, the continent of many interviews, I got another one with the Singapore Air rep.
AZ: “Can I have my baggage dropped in Zurich and just get my two boarding passes?
SA: “Ma’am, how about your flight to New York?”
AZ: “I’ll think about it.”
SA: "Are you going to roam around Zurich?”
AZ: “Maybe.” *smiles*
End of interview.
She gave my boarding passes and the tag that says my luggage is going to Zurich.
And just like that I decided to ditch my flight back to the US and landed in Zurich.
Miss Annzventures is now in Europe
Meeting my new neighbors in the Swiss countryside
I was quite afraid and unsure if it will work out with me landing in Zurich especially that my return ticket was only 2 hours away. Since I’m a dual citizen, I can just swap my passports depending where I’m traveling to. Traveling around South East Asia was a breeze and visa free with my Philippine passport. So when I landed in Switzerland, I used my US passport and I was only asked where I’m staying and for how long. And in less than 2 minutes I was granted access to Switzerland. Not only that, my luggage was waiting for me in Zurich. Yay! I love Singapore Air!
Actually, I’ve always thought that my first European country would be UK or France but somehow I found myself in Switzerland at an unplanned trip. But being here is such a dream come true because Switzerland is in my top 5 countries to visit. First because I am forever a chocolate lover (like seriously very bad sweet tooth) and second, though I’ve come from the islands, I’m more of a mountain lover than a beach lover. It was the perfect place to see the Alps. So Chocolates + Mountains= Switzerland = a very happy Anna.
It’s been almost a month since I am here in Europe indulging myself with the finest Swiss chocolates and cheese. And because of my incurable wanderlust, I’ve been roaming not only around Switzerland but have been to some parts of Germany, Hungary and Slovakia. I’m also set to go to other exciting countries in a few days.
What’s Happening in this Blog
I started this blog 7 months into my 1 year trip so there’s been a big backlog for travel topics. Sometimes it still hasn’t sunk in that I’m actually travel blogging and I still struggle every time I have to write a post. But whenever I get feedback from friends and strangers alike, they inspire me to write more. If you’re reading this, Thank you. Please note that majority of my trip is independent, solo and budget travel. I always try to make my articles timeless and useful for similar travelers esp. solo female travelers who are going to places that I’ve been to. So please be patient as I will write about them soon. If you just started reading my blog, you can still catch up on my trips.
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Really loving Switzerland,