Switzerland

Photo Slideshow: Switzerland

It’s winter, of course, which means it has been quite a while since I took these shots in Switzerland. At the end of last March, in fact, the tail end of winter last. But with a great combination of hiking and cross-country skiing, Roman runs and beautiful old towns. I had a beautiful trip in … Continue reading »

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Saint Gall

Though it apparently is the butt of the Swiss version of “redneck Southerner” jokes, I spent one day in St Gallen and wasn’t displeased with the area. The old part of town is quite pretty, with some very traditional-looking architecture and a lot of quiet little pedestrian streets to wander through. The biggest draw, though, … Continue reading »

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Because who would say no to a Swiss ski resort?

Imagine you were staying with a friend in Switzerland. Now imagine they told you one of their friends worked at a Ski Resort, had a place for you to sleep, and even knew of a concert being held in the chapel of a former monastery. Would you say no? Me, neither. Imagine all the stereotypes … Continue reading »

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Lil Old Zurich

Think for a second what you know about Zurich. Banking? Neutrality? Maybe that it was a haven for intellectuals during the World Wars? I really expect Zurich to be more of a base to explore from than a destination in itself, so I was really pleasantly surprised by its Old Town! I was totally unprepared … Continue reading »

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Couchsurfing: Zurich

Way back in Indonesia more than a year and a half ago, Greg and I were waiting on a ferry to take us to island snorkeling diving paradise. Surrounded by laughing Indonesian kids as she also waited for the boat to the Togeans, J’ana would go from a stranger in the port to a constant … Continue reading »

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One night in Davos

After a day or checking out the mountains and cross-country skiing in Davos, our host Sven also recommended a concert happening that night atthe hotel he works at in Davos. After a coffee overlooking the town from a nearby slope, we headed to the monastery-turned-hotel to watch (of all things?) an Irish band playing an … Continue reading »

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Travel Budget: Switzerland

Seemingly the first person somebody mentions when you tell them you’re going to Switzerland is: “Its going to be expensive!” And it is, to a degree. Eating out is a quick budget killer, hostels can run around $30 or more per night for a dorm, and transport costs are huge (though the trains are nice … Continue reading »

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Speer-it!

We’ve got Speer-it yes we do… Showing up the at the very beginning of warmth in Switzerland, getting to nature was one of my top priorities. My host, J’ana, suggested a trip nearish her hometown up the Speer mountain. Still too icy for the via ferrata route (next time!) we decided to hike up the … Continue reading »

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