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Switzerland: Zurich – Follow the Money Trail Tour

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Zurich is world famous as a global financial center, and internationally companies such as Credit Suisse and UBS are situated there. How did Zurich develop into a city of finance? Who were the first money-lenders and who actually invented the credit card?

This and other questions about the history of money in Zurich are the theme of a guided city tour, “Money, Money, Money – Following the Money Trail”, held in German or English every evening at 6pm between August and October. Participants go on a walk through the city and learn a host of surprising facts and entertaining stories.

http://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ca/following-the-money-trail.html

Worldwide Pop-up Restaurant Day August 17

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

An international idea celebrated in 50 countries, Restaurant Day is a food carnival created by food-loving people setting up one-day restaurants. The idea of the day is to have fun, share new food experiences and meet others in our community. People offer their family cuisine, favorite recipes, desserts or whatever in their backyard or a park.  Prices are very inexpensive.RestaurantDay

Check the maps to see if there is one in your city.

Date: Sunday, August 17
http://www.restaurantday.org/

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Spain: Clever Thieves Hide in Bus Cargo Hold

Friday, December 20th, 2013

You have to admire their moxie. Contortionists are being placed inside suitcases which are then placed inside the cargo hold of buses in Spain. They then have the opportunity to go through any and all of your luggage and help themselves to whatever they want, while you are enjoying the scenic rides between popular tourist destinations. By the time you have reached the end of your journey, they (and their booty) are back inside their suitcase, ready to be plucked off the bus by an accomplice.

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Switzerland’s First Vegetarian Butcher’s Shop is in Zurich

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Next door to the oldest vegetarian restaurant, Haus Hiltl, Switzerland’s very first vegetarian butcher’s shop, the Hiltl shop has opened.

On sale are vegetarian and vegan delicatessen products, wines and cooking accessories. At the “butcher’s counter”, customers can purchase meat substitutes such as tofu, seitan, paneer or soy sausages, as well as Hiltl tartare, the traditional local specialty, Züri-Geschnetzeltes, and home-made cordon bleus.

Even the wines are vegetarian or vegan, so do not contain fish bladders or bone gelatin.

Location: Sihlstrasse 28, 8001 Zürich
Neighborhood: Kreis 1
Tel: 044 227 70 00
www.hiltl.ch

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Switzerland: Herdsman Wrestling, Stone Throwing and Alphorn Blowing Festival

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Federal Wrestling and Alpine Festival

Schwingen – the Swiss form of wrestling – is very popular in Switzerland. In fact, it developed from herdsman’s pastime to elite sport. Schwingen is fought as a duel between two physically powerful competitors and has its own rules, grips and throws.

The champion wrestler is chosen at the Federal Wrestling and Alpine Festival held every 3 years. Over 250,000 visitors are expected this year in the Emmental arena. The spectacle will be accompanied by other Swiss traditions like yodeling and alphorn blowing.

Around 50,000 individuals will follow the events of the traditional Swiss sports of Schwingen (Swiss wrestling), Hornussen (a traditional team sport, which involves throwing and catching a type of puck called Hornuss) and Steinstossen (stone throw).

Location: Bern
Dates: Aug 30 -Sept 1
www.bern.com/en/region/emmental/events/schwingfest-2013

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