swiss saturday: the bell tolls for thee
I love my apartment and for what they charge in rent here, I better. The good thing about Switzerland is that you get what you pay for. There’s no such thing as a “deal too good to be true” here or arguably anywhere. There’s always a catch. That isn’t to say that there aren’t bargains to be had or cheap apartments, it will just be obvious why it was so cheap.
But when I wake up to views like this from my living room window, I realize my rent is worth every penny and then some.
But finding this apartment was a challenge from afar. More on that some other week. Spoiler to that story: friends looked at apartment for us and we chose based on photos. What my friends failed to leave out was how noisy our neighbors would be. Meet our neighbors.
Behind our apartment stands Luzern’s Hofkirche, a church that dates back to the 17th century. It’s beautiful, both inside and out, but let me tell you something, that place makes some noise. Not one, not twice, no….FOUR times an hour the bells chime. The longest being on the top of the hour as it announces the change in time (midnight being the toughest, of course). The funny thing? You don’t notice a thing when the windows are shut. So, during the winter months when our windows and doors are closed, it’s blissful silence, but come the warm weather…oh my. Our first week there, you couldn’t even hear yourself think. Now? I don’t even notice them.
These churches are everywhere, each with its own set of bells. Avoiding their tolling is near impossible. While New York may have its symphony of sirens and honking horns. Here in Luzern, it’s of bells from all corners of the city yelling to all who can hear what time is. After all, it’s Switzerland and you can’t be late.