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a bit about Rohenne
What do you do and why do you do it?
I work at eBay Switzerland as a Revenue Labs Manager. What is that? Well it's more similar to what some companies call the Innovation team.
Were you born and raised in Zurich?
I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan and moved to the US for my Bachelor’s degree. Ended up going back to Taipei to work for a few years. Eventually, went back to the US for my Masters and then worked in San Francisco for a year. I’ve always wanted to live in Europe but could never get myself to pull the trigger until it was pulled for me. My husband and I both didn’t get our US work visas, thus we were forced to leave the country and move elsewhere. His job transferred him to Zurich and our adventure in Europe began! It’s been an exciting ride so far.
What’s your current hood in Zurich and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I live close to the Zurich Enge station and honestly, I love this area. I’ve always been a city gal and I like being able to walk everywhere. Although rent and taxes are much cheaper outside of Zurich and even outside of where I currently live, but I’m a 5-10 minute walk from the lake, the river, the central shopping area, the main train station, and many restaurants. The extra cost of living in this area is worth it for me!
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I’m very openminded and casual about music. I listen to a lot of different types of music and am not a fanatic about any specific type. It’s not hard for me to enjoy music!
You’re broken hearted – what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Any sappy sad song :)…most will be Taiwanese pop songs. For me, the Chinese language conveys sadness better than English does.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Wow! Such a hard question. I love watching TV shows and have so many favorites. For some comedic relief I really enjoyed Parks and Recreation, Rick and Morty, Modern Family, and Sex and the City. As for dramas, my favorites are Game of Thrones, West World, Stranger Things, Sherlock, The Night Of, and recently Big Little Lies.
Name some spots in Zurich that are good for a Tinder date.
Rimini Bar! It’s an outdoor bar built right on the river. Really casual environment and you can sit on the edge of the river and dangle your feet right above the water. Sometimes they host individual designers to set up shop along the edge of the bar. In case you run out of topics to talk about with your Tinder date, you can walk around and check out the various vendors. Not only that, they also have a pizza oven if you get hungry!
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I love buying things when traveling in Europe (gotta take advantage of the tax refunds!). Recently, my favorite brands have been Sandro, Ba&sh, and American Vintage. Online shopping is also a secret hobby of mine, even if it’s only window shopping.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Nowhere, I’m open to exploring every corner of the city.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Float down the Limmat river with a bunch of friends on an inflatable boat! I’ve only done this once since I moved to Zurich and it was amazing. You can bring food & drinks and just bask in the sun, enjoy the view, and hang out with your friends for a few hours while floating down the river. Unfortunately, I’m rarely in Zurich over the weekends since I’m also trying to explore the rest of Europe over short weekend getaways.
Where do you go in Zurich for a casual night out?
Invite friends over for dinner and drinks. Zurich has much better quality produce than the US, so I’ve been putting my cooking skills to the test.
Where would you go in Zurich to celebrate some freaking good news?
A restaurant bar called Josef – delicious food for a great price (in Zurich standard of living) with a cozy yet lively vibe. My husband took me there to celebrate my new job!
What’s your choice of transportation in Zurich and why?
Walk! It’s the best way to soak in the beautiful scenery especially on clear days when you can see the Alps.
What are the Zurich spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Climbing the tower at Grossmunster, getting lost in the cobblestone alleys of Zurich’s old town area, try chocolate from Laderach, and just hanging out on the grass by the lake near the Chinese Garden. Also, if you happen to visit Zurich when the Street Parade takes place, millions of people fly in just for it (free Electronic Music Festival, that’s right, it’s free!).
What are the Zurich spots tourists should run from screaming?
Lindt chocolate factory in Zurich. Only the Lindt chocolate store is open to the public. You won’t get to see the inside of the factory.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Zurich. How do you spend it?
Lie out by the lake in the morning, grab a burger at James Joyce, go shopping for chocolates to bring as gifts at Laderach & Sprungli, take a train to the top of Uetliberg and say goodbye to Zurich, and close out with a nice dinner at La Pasta.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Another difficult question since there’s way too many cities I’m in love with.