If you had asked me 10 years ago if I ever wanted to live in a city, I probably would have wrinkled my nose and said “no way.” I didn’t like cities much. I mean, they're great to visit for a day, but live there? No thanks. Too crowded, too noisy, and just not for me.
Well, people change.
Florence was my first taste of city living when I was 21, where I experienced the joys of walking everywhere and being around lots of people.
Then after college came DC, which I absolutely loved. If Switzerland hadn’t happened, I’d still be in Capitol Hill, playing skee ball on H St and visiting Eastern Market every weekend.
And when I first walked out of the Luzern train station this past October, I already loved it. That night, Liz joked that I should move to Luzern. I decided that it was a fantastic idea.
Fast forward 6 months, and here I am in Luzern! It’s been 2 months since I moved, and it was a fantastic decision. Luzern is a small city, about 1/10 the size of DC, but it is a great place to live. I lucked out in my apartment search, and I got one exactly where I wanted to be. I can walk to the train station in 5 minutes (4 if I’m really late), to the lake in 5 minutes, to Liz’s house in 5 minutes, and to the old town in about 6 minutes.
The lake is beautiful, especially on those bright, sunny days…
The old town has cobbled streets, outdoor dining, and painted buildings scattered throughout…
And on those rare occasions when I get the urge to go running, I love running up the hill to the old town wall, where there are few people and pretty views…
I live close to some friends I already have, and I’ve made some new friends through Meetups, pubs, and other people. We’ve gone dancing, taken over the karaoke stage, enjoyed rooftop views, and won pub quizzes (although sadly I didn’t contribute too much to the winning quiz).
There’s plenty to do, and I love my new apartment.
I haven’t yet made it to the transportation museum, or into the KKL, or on a boat tour. But the weather’s warming up, the sun’s coming out from behind the fog, and the slugs are (unfortunately) back.
Spring has finally arrived.
Kelly is an American teacher living in Switzerland and enjoying everything the country has to offer.