The first May weekends I spent in the Bernese Oberland – a southern part of the canton of Bern. It has mountains and quite famous ski resorts, but due to the season those resorts were mostly closed, the villages and roads empty. The weather was though very hiking-friendly.
ETH Цюрих. Часть 2 / ETH Zurich. Part 2
Generally my arrival and several first weeks in Switzerland were very overwhelming. On the one hand I was not scared at all of moving to a foreign country on my own, but on the other hand I was astonished by so many things around me since my first day at ETH (and it was the... Continue Reading →
ETH Цюрих. Часть 1 / ETH. Part 1
Как же так я попала в ETH Zurich? Тут прямо нужно сказать, что до 4 курса МГУ я про такой швейцарский университет ничего не слышала, да и вообще этим вопросом абсолютно не интересовалась. И вот на 4 курсе пришла мне в голову идея учебы или стажировки за рубежом, потому что одно дело ездить на неделю за границу в отпуск, а совсем... Continue Reading →
Война за квартиру
Когда я только приехала на учёбу, мне дали комнату в студенческом общежитии: просторная квартира на 15 человек, несколько ванных комнат, гигантская кухня-столовая с балконом. Тогда я ещё не подозревала, как мне повезло получить жилье в Цюрихе! В Цюрихе на просмотр квартир выстраиваются очень длинные очереди (доходит до пары сотен метров), а к заявке на квартиру... Continue Reading →
Medicine, or How to survive
Русский здесь/Russian is here If you have a cold, flu or something similar, quite often the recommendations that your Swiss doctor will give you is to drink more non-caffeine based teas (camomile, peppermint, berries) and wait until the illness is gone. My doctor so far never gave me any strange prescription/antibiotics that I could have... Continue Reading →
Olympics or no Olympics?
Русский ниже/Russian is here Swiss government is planning to nominate the country for hosting Winter Olympics 2026: https://sion2026.ch/. This idea exists already for a while, and there was a previous attempt to nominate the country for games in 2022. This did not happen as Swiss people from the potential hosting canton Graubungen voted against... Continue Reading →
Living Swiss life
Long time ago, my father told me a joke about immigration and tourism. It was quite long and included hell, paradise, angels and demons. The thought that I was supposed to learn from it was that immigration should not be confused with tourism: the latter is easier and does not open any significant day-to-day concerns... Continue Reading →
Following the nature route
Meanwhile in Switzerland we still have semester break, which means I have quite a lot of time for travelling and exploring Switzerland. In the end of June it was suggested to go to Interlaken and have a boat cruise on one of the lakes - Brienzersee. We were very lucky with weather - almost no clouds,... Continue Reading →