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  • Day3

    Im Juragebirge

    September 20, 2020 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Am Morgen fahren wir zu Kathrin und Tom nach Zuchwill, das ist am Rande des Juragebirges. Hier kennt sich Kathrin hervorragend aus und hier werden wir heute gemeinsam wandern. Das Wetter spielt Sommer und wir spielen begeistert mit ⛰☀️👚🕶🩲!
    Los gehts über saftige schweizer Wiesen, mitten durch die in schönster Eintracht weidenden Kühe. Voll Ehrfurcht lassen wir sie links liegen 😜, denn schließlich sind sie verantwortlich für die Herstellung der weltberühmten Spezialitäten, die auch uns sehr gut schmecken 😋!
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  • Day3

    Wandflue

    September 20, 2020 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Die Felswand vor uns ist das Ziel des Tages und so machen wir uns bald an den Aufstieg. Wir erklettern die Wandflue - alles kein Problem für uns. Nur leider vertragen Dirks Schuhe 🥾 die Anstrengung weniger gut. Beim Wandern auf dem Plateau, immer schön an der Felskante entlang, verliert er nacheinander beide Schuhsohlen 😳😳. Liegt es am Alter der Schuhe oder an Dirks Auftritt 🤣 ??? Er zieht kurzerhand die Socken über die Schuhe und kann damit die Sohlen fixieren. Man sollte also nie den Wert einer Qualitätssocke unterschätzen - die Dinger halten bis zum Auto!!!
    Notgedrungen lassen wir die Stallflue und den damit verbundenen sehr steilen Abstieg weg und nehmen den nahen normal steilen Abstieg. Das klappt gut und zur Belohnung für Schuh, Sohle, Fuß und uns alle 😀 beenden wir diese traumhafte und wunderbar sonnige Wanderung im Restaurant zum oberen Brüggli bei einem leckeren Getränk 🍻👍🏼.
    Den Nachmittag und Abend genießen wir auf der Terrasse von Kathrin und Tom. Tom schmeißt den Grill an und wir lassen uns schon wieder verwöhnen.
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  • Day6

    Locarno-Balsthal

    October 2, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Bei schönem Wetter bin ich von Locarno gestartet. Im Tunnel waren es mehr als 31 Grad und ich bin schon ins Schwitzen gekommen. Das sollte sich aber schon bald ändern: beim Aufstieg zum Gotthard begann es zu Regen und die Strecke war durch die Kopfsteinpflaster schlüpfrig. Oben angekommen Regen und gerade noch 5 Grad. Auf dem Sustenpass waren es dann nur noch 3 Grad und Regen. Talwärts wurde es wärmer, aber mit 12 Grad auch nicht wirklich warm. Und immer wieder gab es Regen... nur gut, dass die neuen Klamotten ihr Geld wert sind. Ich war zwar gefroren, aber insgesamt trocken.Read more

  • Day1

    Welcome !

    October 30, 2016 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Dear all of you
    I am traveling now since 3 month and already had lots lots of beautiful experiences.
    The live I am living is amazing i never felt so free and filled with wonder. Sometimes it just feels like I am in a big beautiful dream.
    Of course there are also bad experiences but that is life. Bad situation are important for me too so I have not any reason to complain myself!
    The only thing which bothers me is that I want to show you everything and I wish to kind of let you feel what I feel..
    So I had the idea to start a blog and to share my special live with you. I didn't know in which language I should write. German? French? No! I want all of my people understand it, so it will be in my basic english, hihi.
    I hope you'll have fun to read and look at my pictures and that I can send you a bit of my happiness to you. 🌞
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    marianne dreier

    oh, so schön, teilst du dein intensives jahr mit uns. wir begleiten dich voller neugierde mit liebevollen gedanken, warmem herzen und wachem geist. sei umarmt, ma&wa

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    Sophie Dreier

    ❤️

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  • Day275

    Solothurn, Switzerland

    February 12, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 1 °C

    Before leaving Switzerland and starting our journey to South America, Whit and I returned to Aarau to stay with my uncle Tom and his partner Pia. While we were in Aarau, there was an annual week-long festival taking place in Solothurn, the closest city to my mum's childhood home. The premise of this festival is to scare the winter spirits away and obviously, we had to get in on the action.

    To start the celebratory week off, we awoke at 3am, adorned our white robes, white hats, and red scarves, and made our way to Solothurn to participate in Cheslette which started at 5am. Here, over one thousand people all dressed in the same attire, made as much noise as possible, banging pot lids, shaking tin cans filled with stones, and cracking large whips in the air, while parading the city streets. The cacophony is seriously alarming and if I were a winter spirit, I'd probably bugger off too. After completing the parade route, everyone settles down to eat a traditional flour soup before bar hopping and getting progressively more intoxicated. The morning ends at lunch time and most sane revelers head to bed before the evening events kick off (some people clearly didn't get this message and trooped on all day).

    About three days after Cheslette, Tom, Whit, and I braved the bleak Swiss weather and returned to Solothurn to watch the carnival parade. There were about 40 themed groups marching the city. Some of the floats created for the festival were seriously impressive. Most floats had confetti guns and often some poor unexpecting bystander would get a face full of paper to improve their mood. It was clear to me and Whit that the Swiss people take their traditions very seriously and if you ever have a chance to participate in such an event you won't be disappointed!
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    Barbara Marwick

    Oh yes, we do love our traditions 😊. I am so happy that you could experience this.

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  • Day9

    Grenchen

    September 6, 2015 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Heute ist der letzte Tag, den ich bei meinen Lieben verbringen darf. Dies weckt natürlich unterschiedliche Gefühle in mir. da ich heute hier zum Gottesdienst in meine Kirche gehen kann, freue ich mich. Traurig bin ich über den nahenden Abschied. Da aber die Sonne scheint, lassen wir uns die Stimmung nicht verderben. Also geht es erst einmal in die Neuapostolische Kirche und ich erleben einen sehr schönen Gottesdienst.Read more

    Borstel55

    Neuapostolische Kirche in Grenchen in der Blumenrainstr. 22 (Die gesichter hab ich absichtlich unkenntlich gemacht)

    9/28/16Reply
    Borstel55

    Blick zum Ausgang

    9/28/16Reply
    Borstel55

    Blick zum Altar nach dem Gottesdienst, die Blümchen werden noch einmal gegossen.

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  • Day7

    Subingen

    September 4, 2015 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Am Vormittag haben wir ein paar Wege in der Stadt zu besorgen, dann gibt es Mittagessen. Für den Nachmittag wurde mir eine Überraschung versprochen und ich wurde überrascht. Wir fuhren los und dann ging es in ein Gewerbegebiet. Mein Cousin hatte mir dann verraten, wir werden Raubtiere sehen. Was sollen Raubtiere in einem Gewerbegebiet? Und doch, wir parkten und dann entdeckte ich das Schild mit dem Hinweis zum Raubtier-Park.Read more

    Borstel55

    hier zahlt man gern den Einritt, denn die Tiere, die zum großen Teil aus Zirkussen stammen, wollen auch versorgt werden. Auch der Platz kostet Miete.

    9/21/16Reply
    Borstel55

    Hier mal ein Plan von dem Gelände. Man kann ihn nicht mitnehmen, er ist nur ausgehängt und so hab ich ihn abfotografiert.

    9/21/16Reply
    Borstel55

    Jetzt werdet Ihr denken, was soll denn das, das ist doch eine Ziege und die ist kein Raubtier. Ja, hier gibt es einen Streichelzoo mit diversen Tieren. Denn wer würde sein Kind zu den Raubkatzen lassen.

    9/21/16Reply
    Borstel55

    Dem geht es wirklich gut...

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  • Day8

    ... in Solothurn

    September 5, 2015 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Und dann dachte ich ,ich sehe nicht richtig, da stehen auf den Stufen der Sankt Ursenkathedrale doch tatsächlich Alphornbläser und musizieren. Wir sind hin und weg und bleiben stehen und lauschen den Klängen. als sie fertig sind, kommen wir noch kurz mit Ihnen ins Gespräch. Die Musiker kamen nicht nur aus der Schweiz sondern auch aus Deutschland.Read more

  • May7

    Frieburg with day trip to Basel - day 26

    May 7, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Day 26 – this is the midway point of our trip – by golly we have done a lot!

    So today we set alarms which was a bit of a shock. We were on the tram pretty early, and then on the train to Basel by 9.15. Basel is in Switzerland, and one of our aims was to spend all of our swiss francs by the time we left. It was great to have our tour guide who bought the train tickets, and worked out where we had to be – aka Jeremy. When we got there it was a quite a walk to the old town. J&J needed a coffee so we went to a Coop (aka supermarket) and had some breakfast. Then we walked around the old town, found the cathedral which was rather cool. We visited a few shops, and had lunch at the market. I had fun spending my remaining francs pretty much just on chocolate and had exactly the right change to spend on lunch for no remaining francs – goal met!

    Then J&J walked to the other side of the river to sit in the sun while I explored a few more shops. I was a bit restricted though cos I had spent all my francs, so would have had to really want something to use my card. Then I joined them sitting in the sun which was really nice. I did take my sox off, and tried my feet in the water (the Rhine) and by golly it was cold. It would have been great if I had a sprained ankle, would have sorted that out pdq. Then we decided to take an earlier train back to Freiburg. I am a slow walker, so left straight away while the J’s were going to stop at Lidl for limoncello and something for dinner. Was so funny, we were at the train station waiting for our train at 4.30. I was wondering why people were coming up the stairs and walking quickly to the left. Then I realised that our train was already there out of sight, and there was about 3 minutes before it left! Needless to say that we got up in a hurry and rushed to the other end of the platform to get on the train. We had bought a return ticket initially for a 7.30 return, and then bought 4.30 tickets. It would have been funny if we had had to buy 5.30 tickets as well – not!

    So the train trip was uneventful, and the tram trip after. Then it was about a 1 km walk back to Nico. We then had a wee snack, and I was sent off on a mission on my bike to get olive oil and dish washing liquid. We had run out of both of those. On our initial shopping trip a couple of weeks ago we bought some flowing soap for our toilet. By golly it was such crap soap – a real mission to get any soap out of it. I was so relieved when Jody relented and allowed me to buy another bottle, we both love the new bottle! But while at this supermarket I found more berries at a similarly cheap price – ie 2.50 euros for 500g of blueberries, and 2.0 euros for 250g of raspberries. These had been more than double that price in Switzerland. I knew things were more expensive in Switzerland, but the last time we were there, we weren’t as familiar with the prices of other countries, now that we are we didn’t want to spend any money there.

    When I returned from the shopping, Jeremy whipped up another feast for us. Yummy roasted potatoes, and fillet steak. It is quite nice having our own personal chef – Jeremy works as a chef in Stuttgart and certainly knows his way around a kitchen. During and after dinner we played the card game again – bugger your neighbour. I really like this game, and winning makes it even better, tho I didn’t win every game tonight. Jody had ended up buying 2 bottle of limoncello which I thought was a bit carried away since we still had the Baileys and Cointreau – cost of that was 8 euros, and 11 euros so extremely cheap. And the limoncello was 13 euros. Anyway tonight we polished off the Baileys and Cointreua, and nearly all of 1 bottle of Limoncello. Not a bad effort seeing as I don’t normally drink – that Jody is a really bad influence. I don’t normally eat gummy bears either, but Nico’s glovebox is full of them, and they are rather handy when the navigation efforts are less than ideal.

    So Jeremy leaves us in the morning, and unfortunately the forecast is for rain nearly everywhere we would like to go. So possibly we might take a train in the morning to Titisee lakes which is about 25kms away, and then bike back (mainly downhill of course!). But if it is pouring first thing, we might not do that. We still have 9 days before we have to drop Nico off, and really could end up anywhere in those days. My weather forecast app has Bruges (Belgium), Versailles (France), Rotterdam (Netherlands) Strasbourg (France), Munich (Germany, but we are not going there, so not sure why that has come up…), Luixembourgh and Versailles (France). The forecast is rain for everywhere tomorrow, but not so bad after that.

    We can’t quite believe that we have done so much, and we are only half way through our holiday. I am not sure that the videos of me singing really needed to make it onto a public domain – apologies for that! I need to get some more incriminating videos of Jody…

    Ciao ciao ciao (yes, I am still not totally sober! But have done a pretty good effort remembering what we have done for the last 2 days. Midnight was a while ago, so bed is calling).
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  • Day12

    Jätsipeatus

    July 5, 2015 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Otsisime poest veini aga alkoholi nad ei müü. Õues on 41 kraadi, Taivole jahutuseks jäts ja Kadrile kurgid.

    Indrek on vist haigeks jäänud, kuna ta tunneb ennast väga halvast ja on tulikuum.

    Kiirteel sõites tavaliselt kui on märk 80 siis keegi sellest välja ei tee ning sõidetakse ikka 130-ga siin aga üldiselt keegi väga kiirust ei ületa. Vist Šveitsi trahvid on kopsakad.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Kanton Solothurn, Solothurn, Soleure, Soletta, 졸로투른 주, Soloturn