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    • Day 2

      Bonne anniversaire André!

      November 30, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 1 °C

      Vi firade ju in Anders lite redan på sena kvällen/tidiga morgonen med de glada tyskarna (vilket kändes av lite senare på morgonkvisten när det var dags att stiga upp...) - nu blev det lite mer ordnat med flagga, skönsång och paket samt utan ginochtonics!Read more

    • Day 731

      Another blissful day in Geneva

      March 5, 2022 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 2 °C

      Such a beautiful day today. Cold and brittle, but sunshine so lovely. Caught up with an old book fiend and movie star early in the day. Then John Calvin and friends. On for a walk through the old Geneva and along le lac. Was amazed to find there is a university for "Duffushes". Pity, there was a chance for me and I missed it. :).Read more

    • Day 72

      CERN Large Hadron Collider

      July 19, 2022 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Today we got to see the CERN Large Hadron Collider. By "see it" we actually didn't see anything that cool. The LHC is actually 100 meters underground and has restricted access. It is underground because the radiation it produces needs proper insulation, and that was the most cost effective alternative to building a large concrete structure around the experiment. So needless to say, no one is often "down" there observing anything. At least not during the experiments. All the data is collected by sensors and computers

      The goal of CERN and the LHC is to reproduce hard to naturally observe scenarios regarding particle collision and to observe, and accumulate anti-matter. Its most famous recent discovery was the Higgs boson.

      The equipment used to accelerate particles was actually built little by little as the LHC is only the most recent addition. Previous accelerators such as the Protons Synchrotron and the Super Protons Synchrotron (SPS) are smaller and work in series with the LHC. The smaller accelerators speed up hydrogen particles before releasing them to larger accelerators. The LHC is the final step (before collision) and can get the particles up to top speed.

      Here's a 5 min video that explains this better than I probably can.
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    • Day 3

      Day 3🇨🇭

      July 23, 2022 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Woke up in Lugano at 6:00. There was a train leaving for Les Diablerets at 7:00 - for that destination we had to change 4 trains, and it took a total of 6h and 18m.
      The first train was Lugano-Zurich, and I’m mentioning it because it passes through the world’s longest railway tunnel, at 57 kilometres and takes 20 minutes to do so! Our goal today was to get to Glacier 3000 and that’s achievable only by going to Les Diablerets, getting a bus to Col du Pillon and from there the cable car to the top of the mountain. Glacier 3000 is a Swiss company that operates different cable cars in the area, and this particular one is a bridge from two different peaks at 3000 metres above sea level. The “peak walk” as it is called, is the only suspension bridge connecting two peaks!
      The weather today was cloudy and misty but at least not rainy. The altitude made it a bit hard to breathe in the beginning but after walking a few minutes we got used to it. We were the first in our group of cable car on the peak walk so we got a bit of time for ourselves for photos and enjoying the view. In the beginning I was a big scared of the bridge cause I was only looking down (first ever thing NOT to do on a nearly transparent bridge) but then I got used to it. We got to the opposite peak and the view was beautiful. The wind was rather cold though - we were dressed correctly but there were people in shorts and we felt sorry for them 😂.

      Continuing part 2!!
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    • Day 3

      Day 3🇨🇭 part 2!

      July 23, 2022 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      After the peak view, we went looking for a coffee and somewhere to have our sandwiches from our beloved COOP!
      Then we decided to descend back to Col du Pillon. Again the view was beautiful going down. After that we had to catch trains with our final stop being Geneva (don’t get mixed up - we were in Genova, Italy, now we’re going to Geneva, Switzerland).
      Before that though, I wanted to make a stop in Montreux to see the Freddy Mercury statue. We only had half an hour between trains so we ran to the statue and then back to the train station! Quick stop but exactly what we wanted. We’ve also started to get used to the rucksacks so it’s not much of a problem for us anymore to carry them around.
      So that was day 3! Progress in our pass statistics!
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    • Day 53

      Genf, Ende und Anfang

      April 22 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Und dann sind wir da: mitten in Genf, der letzten Station vor Frankreich. Wir haben einige Dinge zu erledigen, kaufen Briefmarken für unsere Postkarten, besorgen Jonas seinen in Lausanne bestellten Reiseführer und mir einen neuen Pilgerpass, da mir langsam der Platz für Stempel wieder Mal ausgeht. Als wir in der Kathedrale bei der Ticketkassa anstehen um uns einen Stempel zu holen, fragen uns die beiden Frauen hinter uns plötzlich, ob wir auch Pilger sind. Stehen hinter uns tatsächlich zwei Schweizerinnen, die den Schweizer Jakobsweg soeben nach drei Jahren etappenweise abgeschlossen haben! Auf unsere Frage, ob sie denn vorhaben, den Weg zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt fortzusetzen, verneinen sie jedoch. "Das ist uns dann zu weit", sagen sie.

      Wir kommen heute wieder in einem Accueil jacquaire unter, bei einer jungen Frau, die uns ihre gemütliche kleine Wohnung zur Verfügung stellt, obwohl sie heute Nacht nicht da ist. Wir treffen sie aber noch an und sie erzählt uns von ihrer sechsmonatigen Reise nach Jerusalem letztes Jahr! Im Laufe derer war sie in so vielen Medien, dass ich mich frage, ob ich nicht doch schon von ihr gehört habe.
      Noch dazu hat sie ein Jahr lang in Wien gelebt und so hängt neben ihrem Poster von Genf auch eines von Wien.

      Abends steht dann eine schwere Entscheidung an: da Jonas nach wie vor Schmerzen hat, weiß er, dass es richtig für ihn ist, noch einen Tag völlig auszusetzen und in Genf zu bleiben. Mich zieht es aber weiter und letztendlich muss jeder von uns seinen eigenen Camino gehen. Also werden wir uns morgen Früh leider fürs erste voneinander verabschieden müssen. Aber der Weg ist noch lang und da er zufällig wie ich täglich auf FindPenguins schreibt, werden wir immer wissen, wo der andere gerade ist! 😊

      Für mich endet in Genf der zweite große Abschnitt meines Weges. Hier beginnt die Via Gebennensis. Auf der geht es morgen schon nach Frankreich!

      53 Tage
      21 Tafeln Schokolade
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    • Day 54

      The Breaking of the Fellowship

      April 23 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Heute Früh ist es soweit: auch Jonas und ich, die letzten der "Ringgefährten", müssen getrennte Wege gehen. Zumindest fürs erste, der Camino ist ja noch lang und wer weiß, was er mit sich bringt.
      Gegen 8 Uhr verabschiede ich mich also schweren Herzens von Jonas und mache mich bei strahlendem Sonnenschein und warmen Temperaturen auf den Weg, Genf zu verlassen. Frankreich ruft.

      Die Via Gebennensis hat begonnen!
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    • Day 10

      Geneva Day 10

      May 4 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 73 °F

      A beautiful sunny day in Geneva. High of 74 today, Kay’s idea of perfect weather. A major change from Amsterdam! Decided to spend the day on the Old Town of Geneva. It is the area at the foot (South end) of Lake Geneva with the iconic symbol - Le Jet d’eau. Even with my rudimentary understanding of French - Jet of Water. And the English Garden with the Flower clock is at the entrance. And a Ferris wheel for a higher view of all. A very pretty area and not near as many tourists as in Amsterdam; a welcome break. Lake Geneva is 45 miles long and up to 8-9 miles wide, the largest lake in the Alps. The lake is amazingly clear, you can see to the bottom all along the shore. Lots of waterfowl, swans and ducks, all with their new babies. The Lake also spreads across 2 countries, is divided down the middle between Switzerland and France. I also found out tonight that I am ally 4 tram stops away from France! Lots of people here do their grocery shopping in France as it is less expensive than Switzerland.
      I wandered from the lake front to the heart of the old town, up and down cobblestone streets lined with lots of upscale shops and outdoor cafe eateries all over. All open and busy today with the warm, sunny weather. I headed for St. Peter’s church, the oldest church in Geneva dates back to. Church on this site in the 1100s. St. Peter’s is know as the Church of the Reformation as John Calvin was the preacher there for 25 years, after fleeing persecution in France. As was the style of Calvinist churches, there are has no adornments on the walls (art work or symbols) with the exception of the stained glass windows. Needless to say the interior is very dark.
      Next door to the church is a relatively new small museum dedicated to the history of the Reformation. The museum was very well done with interesting audio and covered Protests up to the current day.
      A wonderful late lunch on one of the Cafes watching the people strolling by. Tired today so quit “touristing” early and, after a quick grocery stop, home for the evening.
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    • Day 63

      Post walk: +1 - Col du Gd St Bernard to

      June 19 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

      Before I left the Pass this morning, I popped over to Italy, enjoyed the amazing views, was lucky enough to see a mountain goat, and met up with another two Australian pilgrims: Cathy and Geoff. They were starting out on the first stage of the Italian leg. I took a taxi down the mountain to Orsieres, then took a bus (train replacement) and train back to Martigny, where I was able to quickly transfer to the Geneva express! I am sitting in my hotel room now relaxing and reflecting on my time in Switzerland. I like pretty much everything about Switzerland; there are services all around you. I never had to worry about a place to stay or what I would be eating. Obviously, the landscape is phenomenal, and everywhere you look, you can see something beautiful. I have included some photos of Paulette, Alison, and Matt (the Californians), and I have included some of the lovely pieces I saw in the hospice (as well as the church itself). P.S. as a reflection on my entire walk: my gear was first class - thank you to all my BMC friends for your wisdom and advice (it made all the difference). I'd also like to send a shout-out to Andrew T. Not only was he a great walking companion, but he was also a source of ongoing invaluable advice as he forged ahead of me on the Path - thank you, Andrew 😊Read more

    • Day 30

      Geneva for a couple of hours

      October 18 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      We fly home tomorrow. We arrived at our airport hotel around 4 and jumped on the free bus toward the Old Town, did a brisk walk to see the beautiful Saint-Pierre Cathedral and grab a quick bite. I’m behind on photos and stories from the past few days but I’ve been hiking to the Edge of The World and more… so I have a good excuse. I wanted to get some of these photos up before I close my eyes.

      Geneva is a lovely city. It does not feel crowded and I saw virtually no graffiti. It seemed clean with no trash in the streets. People are dressed so nice with gorgeous coats. They drive like madmen and between the cars, motorcycles and bikes you have to really watch crossing the street. This mom was at a busy intersection with her very tired looking child. I can’t imagine transporting my child in this traffic!
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

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