Honestly, I never imagined it would happen. With her being so busy with work, and me having my own family whom I would usually prefer to travel with, it just didn’t seem likely.
But one day in October last year, Ate Ning showed me a voucher for two nights stay in a hotel in St. Moritz, Switzerland and told me that it would be a pity if they went to waste because she didn't have anyone to go with. To make the long story short, and as you can expect, we used that voucher in January and had a blast for 5 days!
Being the big sister, Ate booked the hotels and purchased our tickets at a discounted rate from Zurich to Dubai. All I needed to do was apply for my Schengen visa and purchase our flight tickets for the Dubai-Zurich sector.
So on the night of the 7th of January, we met up at the airport and queued at the Qatar Airways counter. And to my surprise, I found we had been upgraded to First Class (Dubai-Doha) and Business Class (Doha-Zurich)…thanks to my sister’s frequent business travels and connections. Woohoo! One item checked from my bucket list without me having to pay additional! ☺
Of course we took advantage of the perks that came with it. We went to the Marhaba Business Lounge in Dubai International Airport and had something to eat while waiting for our flight, enjoyed the wonderful personable service provided by the crew on the planes, received amenity kits and pyjamas to make us feel more relaxed, relished the sumptuous food, and most importantly, slept oh so comfortably on the spacious seats that fully reclined into a bed. And before our flights were scheduled to land, we made sure to take a toothbrush and toothpaste from the bathroom to brush our teeth.
|bag of pyjamas, black Giorgio Armani zip pouch with Giorgio Armani "Si" body lotion, mini bottle of|
Giorgio Armani "Si" perfume, earplugs, lip balm, folding brush/comb, socks, and eyemask
There was also a giant snowglobe, making it seem like there was snow in the desert ☺
|there's no mistaking where we are ☺|
Finally, we arrived at our station. Getting down, we asked someone which direction the hotel was and if it was a long way to get there (it wasn’t), and walked a few minutes until we reached Crowne Plaza Zurich.
After we had rested a bit in our room, we went downstairs to meet the hotel's General Manager, who happened to be my sister's former colleague. As we enjoyed sipping on cups of creamy Swiss hot chocolate (yum!), Heinz spent a few minutes with us suggesting places we should visit and things to do while we were in the city.
Despite the gloomy weather that signalled rain, Ate Ning and I insisted on going out. After all, we only had 2 full days to spend in Zurich and we wanted to make the most of it.
So after speaking with one of the Guest Relations staff who gave us a map and helpfully explained how to get to the places Herr Heinz suggested, we donned our winter clothes, borrowed an umbrella from the hotel, walked to Albisriederplatz, hopped on the train, and explored the places nearby.
Stay tuned for more about our stay in Zurich!