About Lan T
Lives in Nanaimo, Canada
Since Oct 2008
25-34 year old female
Born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City until the age of 17, I've lived, worked and studied in Canada, Germany, France and Switzerland while also travelled to 26 countries and counting across the globe. Currently doing my Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management on the beautiful Vancouver Island, my work and study continue to take me to places and I fall even deeper in love with our beautiful Earth.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Points of Interest & Landmarks
Blinde Kuh (Blind Cow) is the world's very first (and unrivaled) dining-in-the-dark restaurant. Initially founded on the philosophical and philanthropic concept of creating employment opportunities for the blind and visually impaired, Blindekuh has turned into a highly praised gastronomic destination in its own right. Let your eyes and mind be opened while enjoying award-winning dishes in complete darkness.
Odd as it may sound, visiting a cemetery could actually be a very unique learning experience. Fluntern Cemetery was first constructed in 1887 according to a strictly axial Baroque design, and has since gone through several extensions. Today, it is one of Zurich's most famous and also most beautiful final resting places for many prominent figures, including the celebrated Irish author James Joyce and his family.
When it comes to parties, you'll be suprised at how creative Zurich can get. One example is the city's original Badi-bars, or bathing pool bars. As night falls, this riverside pool transforms into a bohemian paradise with oriental cushions, delectable foods and cool drinks. Sit by the water with your peers and relax under the stars; now that's a cool story to tell back home!
The history of wax moulages dates back as far as the Renaissance and yet, unless your job is related to medical services or military, I guess that few people would know exactly what they are all about. Therefore, take this opportunity and visit the Moulagenmuseum at the University of Zurich and explore the world's best-preserved, most life-like study collection of wax moulages of skin diseases. A tad creepy yes, but plenty amusing and of course, educational!
Schwamendingerplatz offers a completely different vibe from the touristic areas of Zurich. Surrounded by pubs, restaurants, grocery stores, florists, and other shops, it is still far from crowded. It's always great to stumble upon such unassuming and green areas as this after all the hustle and bustle of a big city.
Great food, great drinks, great quirky fashion outlets, great live music, great art studios and, of course, a great urban garden. All of this inside, or next to, old shipping containers within an industrial wasteland have made Frau Gerolds Garten one of the most eclectic party scenes in Zurich. No words can describe all the fun and surprise that you can find here.
With a chain of cool restaurants, unique bars, hipster fashion venues, authentic Swiss delicatessens, and much more gathering under the 36 arches of this 1894 viaduct, this area surely lives up to its reputation as 'the most exciting shopping street in Zurich.' The highlight is probably the Market Hall, where you can expect to snap up some local wares sold by the region's local vendors and farmers.
Despite its central location in the Old Town, one could easily miss this quirky but super cool place — unless you're already a fan of the Dada art movement. The house, once belonging to Dada artist Hugo Ball, has now turned into a one-of-a-kind art museum, as well as a shop filled with unusual goods. Located upstairs is a pretty peculiar cafe/bar, where you can enjoy a glass of Carajillo while learning that the name of the bar — Duda — is a wordplay stemming from Dada and the German phrase for 'you there!'
If you ever feel slightly overwhelmed with all the constant fun and parties in Zurich, or simply have some spare time on your hands, hop on a train and head straight for Rheinfall — Europe's largest waterfall. Lying north of Zurich city and right on the border between the two Swiss cantons of Zurich and Schaffhausen, this 150m-wide and 23m-high natural wonder will take your breath away.