Living in a housing block in Schwamendingen has its pros and cons. One definite pro is staying near Züriberg, which, in normal times, would mean a getaway opportunity at all times. From my balcony I can see the top of the 'mountain' and the tower upon it. It is in running distance but still far enough to be occluded by the thunderstorms occasionally sweeping in from the west. Below the mountain's silhouette I can only see houses as my south facing balcony faces a kind of backyard surrounded by similar houses. The yard is visited by many different birds but I like when the magpies come to chat on the rooftops in the morning. Their rattling voice is definitely much better than the rattling of the chopper bike that is being repaired every third day by its enthusiastic owner within the echoing backyard.