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Above the clouds on Rigi

Last week I think I managed to hint a bit that there was more coming up – from the (probably) last adventure of 2021. At least, probably the last adventure in the Swiss landscapes. We’re celebrating Christmas in Switzerland this year, so I’ll be doing some adventures in the kitchen – but the results of that are more likely to end up in my belly, than on the blog ;) Ahem. Anyways. Much of November had been foggy, grey and generally just plain “ungemütlich”. The leaves were gone, it was getting cold and wet, there wasn’t yet any good snow…

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October adventures

As hinted at in the last post – there was more in the backlog… Quite a bit actually! Maybe enough to make a small advent calendar out of it? I guess we’ll see next week ;) In any case – the last post ended with a late-summer hike in Entlebuch, and after that, autumn slowly started to take its grasp on Switzerland. That also meant that we were starting to figure out how to best go out and experience it. After last year’s weekend in Engadin, we were quite hooked on going somewhere for more than just a single day.…

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Looking back at 2021

I’ll admit it. I’ve been feeling a bit bad about not putting up more posts lately. I’ve even missed out on my usual “seasonal” posts for summer and autumn. It’s not that I haven’t been out with the camera, but probably mainly because I’ve often not had more than a couple of pictures from each occasion that I wanted to share – and then the motivation to make time to get it done, also goes a bit down. But – 2021 is definitely not going to end with only two entries here. So, like back in 2017, let me try…

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Frogs n’ Flowers

After a couple of months with much to do, my wife and I finally had a weekend free. We (or at least, I) had big ideas about going to the mountains, staying multiple days to really unwind and see some of the places that you usually don’t get to see on a single-day trip. But then came the weather forecast and put a damper on all that. Overcast, rain, cold over all of Switzerland for most of the weekend. Oh well. Only Saturday morning looked somewhat decent. Out thus went the fancy plans, and in came a more modest one…

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Snoooooow!

It’s not hard to find snow in Switzerland if you really want to. 4½ years ago, I spent an otherwise exhaustingly hot Saturday in late August in the snow on Jungfraujoch. However, snow in Zürich is a different beast altogether. While it’s not unheard of, it’s usually at best (or worst of course, depending on your inclination towards it) a few centimeters that turn into a soggy brownish, dark-grey substance faster than you can start humming songs about building snowmen. The winter of 2020-2021 though, delivers! The first half of December had already been white-ish (at least in Bonstetten), and…

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Golden autumn in Engadin

Autumn – the days are getting shorter, the air cooler, and the colors more and more amazing for every day that passes. My wife and I had managed to keep a weekend free in the calendar, and decided that we wanted to go somewhere special. As usual, the problem in Switzerland is not so much finding a nice place to go, but more deciding which of the many, many nice places to actually choose. After investigating things for a bit, we found a solution though: Sils Maria – in Engadin, in the canton of Graubünden. It was far enough away…

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Hiking in the heart of Switzerland

This year has obviously been different from other years in many ways, but one thing did not change – summer means hiking in the Swiss mountains! And with autumn now really having arrived in Zürich, I thought it a good time to finally have a look back at what we managed to do (and also, it’s not like there are going to be further summery hiking pictures this year that I could add in any case…). In between summer holidays in Denmark and Bulgaria, we managed two hikes – both in central Switzerland, in the cantons of Nidwalden, Obwalden and…

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Danish westcoast sunsets!

Summer was approaching, and the corona-situation in Switzerland, Germany and Denmark had cleared up enough, to allow us to go back to Denmark for a well-earned summer holiday. My parents had rented a “summerhouse” at the Danish west coast, so we went there to enjoy a week of Danish summer – including both sun and rain, reading and relaxation on the couch, looots of fish for lunch, fresh (and somewhat quick) dips in the sea, and – amazing sunsets! Being situated on the west coast of Denmark, every evening (except one, that was overcast and rainy) had a spectacular and…

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Spring in lockdown

Like most of the rest of the world, Switzerland is currently in a state of lockdown. Luckily not as bad as in other places though, meaning that I’ve still been able to go out and enjoy the fabulous spring we’ve been having (of course while keeping a good distance to other people with the same idea). Maybe it’s due to not being able to just pick and choose between all the various options usually available in and around Zürich – or maybe it’s just the amazing weather – but I’m feeling as if I’ve been (and am!) enjoying spring much…

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Winter(ish)

Hmm… Lately it seems that my posts have gotten a bit too seasonal, as in, one per season – but at least there are posts! Things are busy, and the lack of real winter (with rain instead in many places) has limited the amount of winter hiking that we’ve felt like doing – but not completely eliminated it ;) Back in January, we spent a day in Braunwald. A car-free city (seeing as a train is only way to get there) in Glarus, not too far from Zürich, but still very much in the “real” mountains. The weather was great,…

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