It might be the last run this year on the Bahnhofstrasse before our Christmas lights start their cold and broken yearly show. Yeah you got that right, that is what the overly imaginative Zurich administration had for us in the last winters: hanging cold gray and flickering neon tubes. I AM NOT KIDDING!!! And then they also take offense for their town being called dull. No sir that’s Swiss art, got it? Geez… I’ll have a strong abbey beer then, Swiss too and with a story behind which I must double check before telling (an unpleasant one, I’ve heard). The beer is full of winter fruits, dates and plums and also barrel aroma, a not very sweet caramel dessert, winter feelings all over. Although Zurich in winter means mostly rain - which is already here as you can see…
@inaliem hi meilani! I decided to show you Zurich, since you asked me to talk about it in the letter, I figured it would be easier if I just did it this way.
1. This is Zurich during the day. You can see the three biggest churches, the one with the two towers is called the Grossmünster, which is the biggest. You can also see the lake of Zurich( in Swiss German: Zürisee).
2. Here you see Zurich by night. The church with the green tower is the Fraumünster.
3. Here you see one of those lil streets in the ols part of the town. This city was founded during the Middle Ages, that explains why the streets are so narrow in certain parts. But there are some remains of the Ancient Roman Empire, too
4. This is the longest road here in Zurich, the Bahnhofstrasse. And you can also see our Christmas lights, Lucy, which is a reference to Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by the Beatles.
5. Here you see a circus that’s frequently here. I don’t really support circuses with animals, but it looks pretty from the outside.
6. Here you can see the main train station during Xmas.
7. Here you see the Bahnhofstrasse again, but this time with snow.
8. Here you can see the Opernhaus during Xmas. I’ve seen a Ballet performance there once, the building is absolutely beautiful, from the inside and from the outside.
9. This is the Swarowsky tree inside the main train station. It has over 10 000 Swarowsky crystals. The decorator designs the tree for about a year. There are many little stands inside the station during Xmas, whoch sell handmade stuff, ginger bread, fondue, and other stuff like that.
10. This is one of the special tramways, the regular ones are white and blue, which are the citie’s colors. But in these you can either eat fondue, try different types of chocolate, kids can listen to fairy tales etc.
I hope this insipres you! I can tell you more about this city if you wanna, just hit me up :)
Disabled mannequins will be eliciting astonished looks from passers-by on Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse today. Between the perfect mannequins, there will be figures with scoliosis or brittle bone disease modelling the latest fashions. One will have shortened limbs; the other a malformed spine. The campaign has been devised for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by Pro Infirmis, an organisation for the disabled. Entitled “Because who is perfect? Get closer.”, it is designed to provoke reflection on the acceptance of people with disabilities. Director Alain Gsponer has captured the campaign as a short film.
BECAUSE WHO IS PERFECT? GET CLOSER.
I am all about seeing ourselves in media and advertising - ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability… when we see ourselves in media we start to build normality in society. Not that we all need or want to be normal, necessarily, but I think we can agree that most of us do want acceptance.
My professor/boss once pointed out that the challenge with increased media representation is that the media then dictates what is reflected to us…what an older adult should look like, what a lesbian looks like…but I think the media is starting to include the people they want to represent in their research. and it’s paying off.
One step at a time.
One major problem with text messaging / emails is that i no longer have words to describe my feelings, i just feel so :3