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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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Greetings from Oberdiessbach!

by Robin Rodig | October 03, 2012 | 0 Comments

Oberdiessbach, Switzerland
Grusse! (Greetings in local Swiss German dialect)

A day of planes, trains, and automobiles has delivered me to my home away from home this month : Oberdiessbach. Oberdiessbach is a quaint town about a 15 minute train ride southeast of Bern and is exactly what I was hoping it would be. Picture small, narrow streets (some old rock, cobblestone or brick), pitched roof houses with bright-colored shutters and flower boxes around the windows, bright green pastures with large peaks of the Alps in the background, and stores that close between 12-1:30 for lunch.

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