That’s right, you read it: in the Swiss Alps, cows’ wear bells. Not a small dinky bell, very large, very noisy solid bell dangles around their necks. Supposedly, there are even ongoing discussions involving animal cruelty and these bells, but that’s not the topic of this post. The sound of the bell is pleasant at first but after about an hour of sitting on top of a mountain in what should be a peaceful and silent area, the constant noise from the bells becomes something else.
Other highlights from our time in Central Switzerland include:
1. Seeing old friends
Alexandra and Vanessa are friends I first met over 14 years ago. They both stayed as home-stay students in Vancouver at my mother’s house. Seven years ago, I spent two nights with Vanessa and briefly saw Alex, when I passed through Switzerland; we’ve kept in touch on and off since then. When I messaged both of them that Dan and I would be travelling through their home country, they were excited to meet up again. Alex delightedly offered us a place to stay for as long as we needed and the timing couldn’t have been better as she recently got back from travelling herself and still hasn’t started her new job – giving her lots of time to play tour guide for us.
3. Verkehrshaus der Schweiz (Swiss Transport Museum)
Opened in July 1959 and exhibiting all forms of transport including locomotives, automobiles, ships, and aircraft; it is Switzerland’s most popular museum.
4. Oeschinen Lake
5. Trying Swiss Food: Züri Gschnetzletes with Rösti and Cheese Fondue
All while enjoying the beautiful view from Alex’s apartment.
6. Rigi Mountain
7. Maybe this isn’t quite a highlight, but I had to mention it: they serve wine on tap at the train station!