We spent our last night in Zurich with a friend of a friend, Phillip who, despite having never met Alex and I before, had sent us a whole Zurich to-do list (although most of it was rained out with the poor weather) and invited us to watch the Eurocup game with his friends at a local bar. Because Zurich is in the the Swiss-German side of Switzerland, it was a great game to leave on: Germany vs. the Netherlands. Alex rooted for Germany and I cheered on the Netherlands (to no avail, they lost 2-1), but it was even more fun talking to the group- international, well-traveled and good senses of humor. All this after me sending a message to Phillip out of the blue and what I can only imagine his preparatory introduction of us to the group was (“I don’t know them in the least, but can these two girls come?”).
From the people we’ve met up with intentionally to the people we met accidentally, everyone has been so incredible in each city Alex and I have visited and I can’t imagine our trip without each and every one of them. You all made Europe so much more personal and fun! I hope we get to repay the favor by hosting by hosting travelers in our town (be they people we’ve met along the way, their friends or people we’ll meet in the future.) We need to repay our good travel karma and I think it’ll be pretty fun doing so.