Shedding the Stereotypes To Go Find the Fun Partying People
There’s a rumor going around that the Swiss people are not exciting.
That they are too methodical in their methods, as stiff as a flagpole, as unemotional as as Spock on “Star Trek.”
Well thank goodness I’ve not met any of those Swiss people!
The people I have met from Switzerland are just the opposite of their population’s stereotype.
In fact, in my first trip to Switzerland, I was sitting alone at dinner and wound up partying all night with a group of locals who took me to bars and clubs in Zurich. All it took was going out and talking to the people at table next to me. They were more than eager to show a first-time tourist their town and its pubs and clubs.
Now I’m going back to Switzerland and I can’t wait. That’s because I know a party awaits my arrival. It’s there, and I just have to find it.
This simply means going out and exploring.
In that regard, Switzerland is no different than any other country. Maybe it’s not there at every turn like Amsterdam, but it’s certainly there for the taking. Old Town Zurich, in fact, has some 50 bars within a mile; two of my favorites are Beirhall Wolfe, a Germany-style beer hall that’s like a year-round Oktoberfest, and the Superior Bar, a casual bar hidden in a hotel that rocks with a piano player banging out classic rock tunes. Click here for more great bars in Zurich!
The Swiss people I know – and I’ll be seeing a couple of them on my trip – are wildly fun. One, Beat (pronounced Bay-yacht), is as much fun as a Van Halen concert. He’s Euro cool with the enthusiasm of a California beach bum (and he loves the beach lifestyle here in California).
Chlara is not just charming, but she’s ready to help me rock Switzerland. In fact, she insists on it.
And then there’s Maja. She’s a Swiss Miss from Tourism Switzerland’s Los Angeles office, and she must have been born with a smile on her face. She’s always anxious to go out for a drink and enjoys several of them at one of her favorite L.A. events, the Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks. There’s not a happier person at the entire event than Maja.
As for the country itself, it boats about its wine – and you thought the country just produced cheese and chocolate – and the Lake Geneva region hosts a wine-tasting event the end of each May featuring nearly 300 locally-produced wines. It’s called “Open Cellars” and it’s on a hillside by a lake. That is not an event created by boring people. Here’s more about all the wine and wine events in the area: www.lake-geneva-region.com.
And check out this event – the Blue Balls Festival in Lucerne. Hey, it’s music. (There’s obviously a different meaning of that term in Switzerland than in the States,)
I’ll be reporting back from Switzerland on more fun people and adventures.
But don’t take my word for it. Go to Switzerland, meet some Swiss people and experience it for yourself!
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