As with the last 2 countries I have traveled through, my lazy ass had failed to do enough research on this place before entering, partly due to this part of my initirary not solidifying until very last minute. All of that, thankfully, is being filled in by lovely Maya, a Neuchâtel native that I met at Circlesongs workshop back in 2012, a gift that keeps on giving. Not only did she agree to spend her precious days off with my uneducated ass, she had arranged me a performance here in Zurich which made me nervous. I have not talked about my performance at a jam sessin in Amsterdam and there's a reason; without getting into boring details, I basically failed to work with others on stage and instead of leading, I bullied. Having been hosting one of these back in LA for years, I felt that I was not myself. So when Maya asked if I wanted to do a song at a Shakespeare-themed night of music and theatre, I hesitated. Not only did I feel out of shape but also my lack of knowledge - oh what the hell, how can you pass on an opp like this? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Outside I am greeted with some of the crew, all of whom are very welcoming despite that I am possibly destroying their show right in the middle. One young, very upbeat guy joins a conversation and I ask where he's from, he goes "Oh I'm from Syria, "the HELL" and chuckles. What a journey it must've been for him to arrive here after years of being oppressed, and meeting Laura and the co who took him in, and to finally embrace who he really is sexually and artistically; as a human. A hell of a singer, this guy. MORE NERVES.
We head to Laura's place after the wrap-up, which is still in construction by Laura herself. I would end up eating mostly homemade stuff for the Swiss part of my trip, (partly due to cost concern; our pre-sound check meal at a nearby Thai joint was $50 for a plate of larb and beef noodle) to which this night is a merely but a delight introduction. Simple eatz like tortilla wraps with cheese, veggies and olives just jump at your senses because they're fresh, locally grown (which I don't think is rare in this part of the world, even in Japan. Might need a post dedicated to this later) and homemade; the best example is her bottle of Holderblutensirup made of Elderberry which you can mix with anything from liquor of your choice to simply water, making for smooth and refreshing beverages.