Archive for ‘Switzerland’

May 17, 2017

September recap

by ada

I’d never thought I’d see the day when I will be able to finally finish up my summer chronicles of 2015, but here we are. I feel pretty sad actually, because I know now, retrospectively, what follows those three months of pure bliss: two nice weeks in Mariazell and nine months of depression in Linz. One thing I can promise: it won’t take another one and half years to get this blog up to date, because literally nothing happened to me during those nine months. You’ll see.

So how did I spend my last month in Vorarlberg? Splendidly!

I visited Switzerland…

…and Germany on several occasions:

I still found new to me places in Vorarlberg, too:

I took a ship to cross Lake Constance…

…and a train to venture into the moor:

I hiked through woods…

…and through sunflower fields:

I stumbled upon unexpected things…

…at unexpected places:

Some were rather strange, like this DIY boob art:

I learnt a lot about ostriches…

…bats…

…monkeys…

…and sea animals:

I also saw animals that could not…

…and that, in fact, did not exist:

I met Nemo…

…and the Emperor, who, together with the Pope, sits in the hands of Imperia:

Look at their naked butts!

I realized the difficulties people from the area have to face…

…learnt about their roots…

…admired their art…

…their housing situation…

…and that of their horses’:

Living conditions in the Lake Constance area may be ornamental…

…but people still have skeletons in their closets windows:

I also got to enjoy the company of my coworker’s dog, Casey for a whole week:

We went on international adventures…

…and also found some time to just chill out at home. She got spoiled to pieces:

On the last day of September I took a walk at the Bodensee promenade and said goodbye to Bregenz, promising to be back as soon as possible. You’ll see how it all turned out instead.

There is still a message I took away with me:

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April 29, 2017

the place where Germany meets Switzerland

by ada

The German city of Konstanz is in close proximity to the Swiss town of Kreuzlingen. There are several border points, the most picturesque is the one in the district Klein Venedig (Little Venice).

Start out at the nature museum Sea Life.

Walk along Lake Constance…

…until you arrive at the border point…

…marked by the German artist Johannes Dörflingers “Kunstgrenze“, a constellation of 22 sculptures, which commemorates the 2006 demolition of the barbed wire fence, set up in 1938 by the Nazi Germany.

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Just one step and you’ve already left the territory of the European Union.

The seagulls could not care less.

Look back at Konstanz…

…and forward to Kreuzlingen.

Some unidentified Swiss buildings.

Turn back to the Herrscherin and the Herrscher (Mr and Mrs Ruler, haha). They are there to lead you…

…to the Wheel of Fortune. There the path splits into two. The way on the left leads to Switzerland, the way on the right back to Germany.

There is a football field on the Swiss side to make international affairs happen…

…and a beer tent on the German side to strengthen the friendship between the two nations. As you see, the Germans are rather serious about their beer culture.

April 12, 2017

Stein am Rhein – part 3

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April 11, 2017

Stein am Rhein – part 2

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April 10, 2017

Stein am Rhein – part 1

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April 4, 2017

the art of naming your house

by ada

Giving names to your house appears to be a Swiss thing, originated back in those times when white spots on maps were filled with mysterious references to sea monsters, four-horned men and “Here Be Dragons” warnings. In those sweet times you could be living at places dedicated to delightful things like loyalty…

…or rear thighs:

The origin of some names is still a mystery…

… some seem rather obvious, though:

Sometimes naming your house is an interactive process:

My personal favourite is this one (can you guess why?):

Most of the houses are dedicated to simple, joyful living things, like plants…

…or animals:

A whole zoo…

…with a colourful collection of birds:

Weather can also be a great inspiration. The sun rises…

…to a blue sky…

…or to a rainy day:

Of course, things start to get complicated when human race enters with its doubtful attempts at civilisation. Fictive creatures appear at once…

…and bears are forced to dance:

Medieval times are represented by angels…

…giants…

…and balance scales made of gold…

…to measure all your (Swedish) money…

…or shame you for the lack of it:

Virgins are obligatory…

…and such are the things virgins should know nothing about:

For preventing them from getting first-hand knowledge in the art of rear love, virgins have to be safely stored in towers…

…built on the top of green mountains…

…surrounded by green forests…

…and locked tight with keys:

There they can sit and wait for being rescued in the most contemporary way while counting down their time using sandglasses:

To their misfortune, knights do not seem to be available on the streets of Schaffhausen. The Ghost of Communism is haunting it instead!

It stirs up trouble…

…which leads to war.

Luckily, peace always sets in at the end…

…for which we can not be thankful enough!

April 2, 2017

Schaffhausen – part 3

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March 30, 2017

Schaffhausen – part 2

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March 29, 2017

Schaffhausen – part 1

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February 22, 2017

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February 21, 2017

the place where Germany meets Switzerland

by ada

One place where Germany meets Switzerland is somewhere in the middle of Lake Constance. To visit it, board the ferry in Friedrichshafen.

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Don’t worry, you’ll arrive relaxed to your destination (entspannt am Ziel!).

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When boarding, be aware of international spies.

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Take your seat and enjoy the sight of your fellow travellers’ hair situation.

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Watch the last passengers hurry up on board…

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…and a few minutes later say goodbye to Germany.

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On your way, greet those who are sailing…

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and the rich people who can afford to pay 200 euros for a 30 minutes joyride flight those who prefer air to water.

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And now, on to Swiss waters!

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The border is somewhere here…

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…or here?

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Whatever. Can you spot the pirates?

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A close-up of the fearless devils of the Bodensee:

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Now it’s time to take a last look back…

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…because you are almost at your destination!

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Finish your drinks (or taking photographs of other people’s finished drinks, haha)…

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…and prepare for landing.

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To enjoy your adventure to the fullest, be the last one to leave the ferry.

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Welcome in Switzerland!

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December 19, 2016

Arbon – part 2

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December 18, 2016

Arbon – part 1

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December 17, 2016

the balconies of Sankt Gallen

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December 16, 2016

Sankt Gallen – part 3

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December 15, 2016

Sankt Gallen – part 2

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December 14, 2016

Sankt Gallen – part 1

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June 12, 2016

the place where Liechtenstein meets Switzerland

by ada

Of all places of the world, Liechtenstein is the one I never gave any thought before my surprisingly adventurous last summer. People like me* usually have nothing to do with the tax paradise of Europe, and there is a reason for it, haha.**

* people coming from Eastern-European countries and living on nurses’ salaries

** there was that awkward moment, when I got confronted with the price of one single scoop of Liechtensteinian ice cream; it’s the equivalent of 4 euros in CHF. It made me immediately realise that despite having come a long way since my Socialist childhood, I’m still very, very far from blending in

Anyway. If you all of a sudden, under whatever circumstances, find yourself in Vaduz, as it happened to me simply by becoming a travel nurse, you really should take the time to visit the last remaining wooden bridge over the  river Alpenrhein.

You may take the bus there, because public traffic in Liechtenstein is excellent…

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…except when it’s not. Because it’s early in the morning. Or late in the afternoon. Or it is Saturday. Or Sunday. Or any other holiday.

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Fortunately, everything is in walking distance in Vaduz, so if you are too impatient to wait a whole hour for the next bus, just take the road and walk along some poetic scenario…

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…and a colourful industrial area…

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…until you reach the Alpenrhein…

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…and your destination, the Alte Rheinbrücke.

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It is 135 meter long…

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…and is made completely of wood.

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The original bridge was built in 1871. During the following 140 years it needed to be adjusted to the actual water capacity of the river several times.

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The last renovation took place in 2010. There is a small memorial plaque hanging inside of the bridge to one of construction workers, the carpenter Andreas Maier-Toth, who recently passed away. Similar to the half of this planet’s population, he too had Hungarian roots.

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Now walk over the bridge together with other creepy shadows fellow tourists.

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Once safely arrived in Switzerland…

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…consider your possibilities.

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You can either look over to Vaduz castle (remember, it’s full of living princes waiting for you to marry all of them)…

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…or admire the Swiss flora…

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…and fauna.

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Or you can just take a lazy bike ride along the river.

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This is also the place where, after a long, exhausting but fruitful career as a Swiss investment banker, you can finally retire and live for your hobbies.

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March 6, 2016

the place where Austria meets Switzerland

by ada

I can’t seem to be able to catch up with this blog anymore – eight months have passed since I visited Hohenems. It’s about time to either give up on this blog or start posting again. Let’s try the latter, okay?

Hohenems, the birth place of Salomon Sulzer (more on that soon), also happens to be a border town to Switzerland, which is double win :o) Only fifteen minutes walk from the town center gets you to this practical but not very charming commercial area:

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Here you can either pass the abandoned border control buildings and continue along the traffic over the bridge to Diepoldsau…

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or you can walk down along the Old Rhine…

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…and do something…

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…much better:

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…you can swim over to Switzerland!

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Or, if you (like me) haven’t yet figured out the Nr.1 rule of the Vorarlberger Summer, which is always wear your swimsuit under your regular clothes, you can just hang your feet in shallow waters…

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…and collect freshwater mussel shells…

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…of which there are plenty.

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