Midweek Film

The ETH (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule), where H is spending his sabbatical, has two campuses in Zürich. The lab where H is working is at the Central campus (Zentrum) in the old part of the city. Here is an internet photo of the main building, built in the 1860s:

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The second, newer campus, “on the outskirts of the city,” in the Höngg district is the Science City, or Hönggerberg (pronounced in a way which uses plenty of throat sounds, or just something that sounds sort of like “Honk”). It is surrounded by fields so there are plenty of places to expand. It doesn’t even feel like Zürich, Switzerland, or even Europe.

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The ETH community can take advantage of a free shuttle bus between campuses which takes about 15 minutes. On Wednesdays at the Höngg the ETH community can also take advantage of Mittwochsfilm (Wednesday Film). It is kostenlos (free!) and shows the films in their original language with German subtitles.

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Wednesday night’s fare was a film from Gaza called When Pigs Have Wings. We are not exactly sure what the original language is, but we could read the German subtitles as they went whizzing by. Thank goodness for physical humor, which helped us follow the movie.

Here is the room where the film was shown:

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For sale at the back of the room was a variety of food and drink, including beer. Halfway through the movie, someone stopped the film so we could stand up and stretch and spend some more at the snack bar, which added 20 minutes to the screening. That was probably helpful since the chairs were not exactly comfortable.

The ETH bus stops running around 6:30 or so, so we took regular transportation (ZVV) back home. Along the way we discovered that some of the tram lines are under construction, so the #14 was not running, and we had to take the #11 which went in a slightly different direction. By now, though, we are familiar enough with the city that we got home without difficulty.

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