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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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Autumn

I’ve stated it at least a couple of times on here, that I’m quite fond of autumn – yes, it’s usually colder, wetter and darker than summer, but with the added freshness and better opportunities for coziness inside, and the fact that it also gets absolutely beautiful, definitely means that autumn has something going for it also. Due to a slightly busy calendar for both me and my girlfriend, we sadly haven’t made it out on any longer hikes during the past months, but at least Zürich with its surroundings is not too bad either. Spending a few hours at…

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Summer hiking

Regular followers of my blog might have been a bit confused by the apparent lack of hiking pictures from Switzerland this summer. Well, it’s been busy! Luckily only in the sense that I haven’t had time to put up the pictures – as I did actually manage a good handful of hikes ;) The first went to the Valünertal in Lichtenstein in early June. My parents came to visit Petya and I, so we all went for a hike in the quite remote valley. There was a wonderful walk up through the valley, with the Valünerbach flowing alongside the path…

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2x Summer holidays

Since moving to Switzerland, I’ve usually spent a week or so at home in Denmark during the summer – visiting family and friends, enjoying the seaside, and eating lots of sild. My girlfriend, originating from Bulgaria, is more or less used to the same thing, just in, well, Bulgaria. Wanting to spend the holidays together, we thus opted for doing a small tour of Europe: 15 days, about 4000km by plane, 2000km by car, 250km by train (and maybe 15km by bike) and 7 different places to sleep, in first Denmark, and then Bulgaria… We started out enjoying some time…

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Easter-getaway to Germany

After a trip to Kuwait and a visit from a good handful of friends from Denmark, April had already provided lots of experiences and good fun – but more was in store! With the extra holidays provided by Easter, my girlfriend and I had also planned to visit some friends living close to the Bodensee in Germany. I had driven past it on a few of the summer-holiday trips south I had been doing with my family many years ago, but had never really had the chance to do more than that – which proved to be a bit of…

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Visit from home!

Sometimes, one of the things I miss from Denmark, is the extra week of holiday. But luckily, my friends back in Denmark still have that – meaning they once in a while have time to come visit! This was the case during the week of Easter this year, so I took up the task of making sure they got a good taste of what Switzerland has to offer. Having spent the first two days in and closely around Zürich, I was finally able to take a day off work – so we rented a car, and went on to find…

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