As i was drinking a beer or two with friends the subject turned to the Letten area of the city. Many may know it as a vibrant and lively place, especially in the summer. If you walked through the Platzspitzpark and along Limmat before, you may also know Primitivo, a bar and diner where people gather for food and drinks and to soak up the last few rays of sunshine after a days work. But the tranquil walk from the Landesmuseum, through the park and over bridge hides a dark and disturbing past.
The conversation quickly became bleak and my friends, young, and from the UK, couldn’t believe the tale i was relaying: a real-life horror story of drugs, depravity and murder that took place right in the centre of this wealthy and salubrious city.
If you are a child of the seventies or eighties you may have heard of Needle Park but for the locals, the true nature of it is etched into their minds forever. A place where up to 3000 people a day fed their heroin habit in an environment of death and uncontrolled criminality. For those born in Zürich it is part of the fabric of the city but it occurred to me that not everyone, particularly people born from the mid-eighties onwards, would be aware of what took place back then. Because in spite of the misery, Zürich found a solution which provided a positive template for other cities to deal with similar problems. Take a read of this amazing and very comprehensive narrative.
I normally associate pop-ups with short stays but plant based restaurant Anoah is going to be with us for a while. They’ll be throwing their doors open on Wednesday and will remain with us right the way until the end of August. The
2. A New Pleasure
I get all excited when there is a new restaurant to try and this week Silex , which is located right next to Bahnhof Wiedikon, opens its doors for the very first time. The cuisine is modern European and, as they put it,
3. A Trip Up The Sihl
I love the Sihl valley. In spite of its close proximity to the city it still feels rugged and remote. Let’s face it, all there is is a river and a railway line. But nothing makes a good walk better than knowing there is cold drink and a
1. Pictures around the world
Show me your favorite pictures from the world, do not forget to mark them on the map!
2. Zurich Photo Trip
1. A different perspective on breakfast
This is the shopping list that my flatmate Luki wrote on a post-it yesterday, which looks much the same as the lists of many other millenials. It took him three minutes to walk to the nearest shop, where he filled his basket,
1. Casa nostrana
Albisstrasse 25, 8038 Zürich
2. Lucky Dumpling: Authentic Chinese
6 years ago we welcomed 'Dini Mueter' to the Langstrasse. This summer, the bar and restaurant underwent a refurbishment and just reopened its doors with a new concept and a new name. Well, actually the new name is also the concept: Lucky
3. Ooki: All the way from Tokyo
Whenever a new Japanese restaurant opens somewhere, you can be sure that I’m not far behind. This new locale is called Ooki and serves gyoza, ramen, tempura, udon, Japanese curries and sake. The interior is very authentic, the
I've just been refused entry to a cafe in Zurich because their Vaccine app doesn't recognise my UK vaccination certificate.
The owners of the app tell me there are no plans to fix this.
Has anyone else had this problem?
Does anyone have any suggestions?
The CALWHA project (Children and Adolescents Living With HIV / AIDS) helps children and adolescents with HIV / AIDS in Tanzania, by funding and organizing “activity days” in two hospitals in the north of the country: the Nansio District Hospital in Ukerewe and the Shirati KMT Hospital in Shirati.
This region of the country had the highest rate of HIV infection when the project was created in 2011. The poverty of local families, the lack of adherence to treatment and the stigmatization of people with HIV / AIDS were and are still major issues in these regions.