A guided tour through beautiful, empty Lucerne, Ep. 61

My good old journalist friend Eva Mackert shows me her original home town Lucerne. We arrive at the “new” train station, the old, beautiful one burnt down about 50 years ago in a catastrophic fire. The same disaster struck the 650 year old wooden Kappel bridge which has since been rebuilt as it was before. The famous Lion monument honors Swiss mercenaries that died for the French king during the French Revolution. Hans Fritschi, naturally, was more interested in the famous “Fritschi Father”, an important figure in the popular Lucerne carnival.

Few flights, Zurich airport is so empty, Ep.60

Wondering how deserted Zurich airport might be, Hans Fritschi boards a tram at Central and rides to Kloten. On the way he stops in Oerlikon where the former Hotel International recently announced, it will close down due to Covid 19 and fire more than 200 employees. Walking through the almost deserted Zurich airport Hans Fritschi has landed in a ghost town. This airport is empty, empty, empty, that ghostly experience feels as if mankind has left the planet.

Getting cold in Zurich, warming up with some cactuses, Ep.59

Succulents normally grow in arid areas with little water and a lot of sun and heat. Now that it is getting cold in Zurich, this is the perfect moment to visit a public greenhouse where those cactuses from all over the world are grown. It is very educational and at the same time we are able to tank some warmth for the colder days coming. Hans Fritschi and his friend Peter Sidler also talk about Covid 19 which still keeps the world in an iron grip and makes us change our plans on a daily basis.

Great animals: Cows eat grass, deliver milk, cheese, meat and shit, Ep. 58

Scenic Appenzell is certainly worth a visit. Cows roam the mellow hills of Appenzell. Those emblematic Swiss animals are certainly the best friends of men. By eating grass they create milk which can be turned into famous cheese from Appenzell. By sending them to cow heaven delicious steaks are produced. And last but not least: Cows shit a lot and thus deliver precious fertilizer. Dominik Landwehr shows Hans Fritschi interesting Appenzell where many Swiss wonders can be discovered.

Discovery Garden Nong Khai is green, so green, Ep.57

Khun Amorn, the long time partner of Hans Fritschi, has made a video clip about the recent developments at the garden in Nong Khai. Due to lots of rain, all plants thrive, the garden is green, so green. Cocoa seed pods are growing in astonishing numbers, but also Vanilla, Olives, Guavas, Lemons and the African Baobabs are doing very well. Hans Fritschi at the Corona Hotel Zurich sheds a tear or two when watching this clip Khun Amorn has sent.

Discovery Garden Nong Khai is green, so green, Ep.57

Khun Amorn, the long time partner of Hans Fritschi, has made a video clip about the recent developments at the garden in Nong Khai. Due to lots of rain, all plants thrive, the garden is green, so green. Cocoa seed pods are growing in astonishing numbers, but also Vanilla, Olives, Guavas, Lemons and the African Baobabs are doing very well. Hans Fritschi at the Corona Hotel Zurich sheds a tear or two when watching this clip Khun Amorn has sent.

All you always wanted to know about chocolate, Ep.56

Hans Fritschi becomes a spy at the newest, gigantic chocolate museum in a suburb of Zurich. Well known chocolate company Lindt and Sprüngli has invested more than 100 million US Dollars in this new museum in Kilchberg. Visitors learn all about the sweet delicacy and why Switzerland became a center of chocolate production despite the fact that cocoa beans only grow in tropical countries like Thailand. Hans Fritschi got a lot of inspiration to enhance existing chocolate capacities at Discovery Garden Nong Khai and Pattaya. A chocolate fountain might be also built at those Thai locations.

Deer hunters around the Corona Hotel Zurich, Ep. 55

Due to Covid 19 the traditional “Shooting of Boys” in Zurich had to be cancelled this year. The traditional deer hunting on the contrary takes place this autumn and venison is widely available at restaurants right now. Hans Fritschi loves to eat venison and therefore goes deer hunting in the old part of Zurich right around his beloved Corona Hotel. The new hunter is very successful and invites some old friends for a deer diner along river Limmat.

In search of an overview: Riding up to Zurich mount Üetli, Ep.54

In search of an overview, Hans Fritschi takes a 20 minutes train ride up mount Üetli. Its peak contains a 30 m iron tower that would give a fantastic overview over Zurich almost 500 m beneath. But Hans Fritschi backs out of climbing up the tower out of fear and opts for a beer and a Servelat sausage instead, at the foot of the tower where the view is breath taking as well.

Zurich – Rapperswil is almost like Jolo – Zamboanga, plus female pirates on lake Zurich, Ep. 53

Today Hans Fritschi engages some former journalist colleagues to function as his guides for a marvelous boat trip from Zurich to ancient Rapperswil. Pierro Schäfer is the author of a book about female pirates on beautiful lake Zurich. Peter Sidler, former NZZ correspondent in Bangkok, was a frequent travel companion during their common years in Thailand or Southeast-Asia. The two friends once traveled from Jolo to Zamboanga together which is a very dangerous area. This is all remembered on their recent boat trip. Plus Hans Fritschi remembers the quote of Emilie Lieberherr when he told her he was moving to Bangkok 30 odd years ago: “Das isch aber a geföhrliche Stadt für an junge Mah”. The good woman was right!