European vending machines have always amused me, but I could not help but to chuckle about the juxtaposition of items in a Swiss vending machine at the central rail station in Zurich.
Swiss Rail Station Vending Machines – Humorous Juxtaposition
After dinner, we took the S-Bahn (rail) back to our hotel. It was Sunday night so we stopped by the convenience store at the central railway station because they are one of the few businesses that are open on Sundays. Our gaol was to stock up on snacks because we figured (wrongly, as it turned out) that food would be a lot more expensive on the Faroe Islands, our next destination.
While waiting for our train back to the airport, I stopped to look at a vending machine by the tracks.
I’ll never forget the first time I walked into Frankfurt Airport. Not only were people smoking everywhere (this was in 2005), but when I went into the bathroom there was vending machine offering all sorts of items like condoms, vibrators, and “enchainment” pills.
That struck me as odd. But that’s just Europe (and specifically, the Germanic world).
Anyway, this vending machine had a wide assortment of items. There were the usual selection of sweet and salty snacks, but also things like earphones and power banks.
There was also cigarette paper to roll your own cigarettes and a pack of lighters. And next to it condoms. And next to that a pregnancy test…
I love Swiss humor. Maybe that’s helpful subtle warning: be careful who you take home with you.
We ended up not being anything at the rail station and returning to the airport, where Migros grocery store was still open and we were able to stock up on snacks for the trip.
Does anyone actually buy pregnancy kits from a train station vending machine?