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You Know You're In Switzerland When

by Robin Rodig | October 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

Grindelwald Valley with cows, Switzerland
...They're passing out free packets of trial cheese at the train station (and you go past them twice hoping they don't remember you the first time).

...The wind chimes you're constantly hearing are actually cowbells. (I still haven't gotten used to this.)

...Walking poles become a tripping hazard on the train.

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This Ain't No Disneyland

by Robin Rodig | October 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland
Permanecer sentados por favor.

The famous recording that's played incessantly as you stand in line for the Matterhorn ride at Disney has been ringing in my head since Zermatt hit my agenda. I can finally put it to bed now.

Stepping off the train in car-free Zermatt, I could tell immediately that this is a special place. The quaint, low-key main street feels familiar and easy. Like you'd run into a pack of your best buddies having beers at one of the bars. And there's a kid-on-Christmas-morning hustle on the street of skiers, boarders, and hikers focused on getting up the mountains for their anticipated runs and hikes. I'm sure I would have felt like I was in a holiday globe if it had been snowing.

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Walk This Way

by Robin Rodig | October 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

Areuse Gorge bridge, Switzerland
Swiss hiking trails are as easy to use as the US freeways. Just a lot less stressful. Trails are well- marked, rated for difficulty and completion time, and...are...everywhere. I see people everyday getting on and off trains with their hiking poles (picture ski poles) in tow. You can get off at any random train stop and you'll find at least one "Wanderweg" sign or icon (hiker with backpack and walking stick- see pictures) within eye shot begging to be explored.

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