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Eaude (Ode) to the Fountains

by Robin Rodig | October 09, 2012 | 0 Comments

Fountain, Interlaken, Switzerland
With so much water gushing down the glacier-filled peaks and rushing rivers and streams, the sound of moving water is all around here. My most favorite sound is the sound of the rain so to hear the water through all these different channels is very soothing. I find that I'm drawn, however, to perhaps the most abundant of these vehicles: the fountains.

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Swiss Sampler

by Robin Rodig | October 08, 2012 | 0 Comments

Bern, Switzerland
This weekend I feel like I got a taste of both of Switzerland's best sides: the best of the outdoors in Interlaken and the best of the city life in Bern. I'm feeling luckier each day where I'm settled at as it is so central and easy to explore all day and come back home to kick my feet up at night.

On a beautiful day and a two hour boat ride across Lake Thun, I was greeted overhead in Interlaken by dozens of para gliders coasting their way along the mountain wall at the perimeter of the town and gently landing in the grassy town center. It's a great metaphor for how you can spend time there: Participate in the active lifestyle or just sit and watch the beauty that surrounds you. You can easily spend hours happily doing either. (See pictures below from boat ride and views from Interlaken.)

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Branching Out

by Robin Rodig | October 05, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Swiss Alps, Switzerland

My exploring juices have kicked in and I have jumped into action locally!

To start, my homeowners, David and Tammy, wanted to help familiarize me with the town and my electric bike (or e-bike) so they took me on a tour of Oberdiessbach. It didn't last a second over 10 minutes. We went past the cheese shop, meat shop, the "everyday" bakery ( vs. the fancy bakery), the train station, the market, and the barn where you can buy fresh vegetables from one local farm (you pay on the honor system). I believe there are four restaurants and one bar as well, all within about three small blocks.

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