I think I have mentioned before that something I always do when we are travelling is take a photo of the sign as we arrive in a town/village/city to make photo sorting a lot easier. That is purely practical.
The shoe shots are for no real reason. I can’t remember why but we started taking them even before Claudia was born. It is a weird ritual we do and we have them from all over the world. I really love the one we took in Hong Kong at Disneyland. Disneyland does great pavements…. The one above was taken in Cinque Terre. Happy days.
- I have to start exercising. I was doing a lot of walking when we first got here but Miss Independent has been flying to school on a scooter for the last few months and it has caught up with me……. I blame the cold weather. And the comfort food.
- A lady I met on the street back in the days when I walked Claudia to school invited me out for coffee. Ooh my first friend.
- All the winter clothes have finally been packed away after three false starts. I would pack them away and then it would get cold again. And again. And again.
- I am able to recommend a few good restaurants in our town, the best days to shop, places to go, which buses to catch, shortcuts to take, and can converse with people in my limited and dodgy Swinglish. (Although yesterday I think I was getting told off at the supermarket about something but I had no idea what it was and the lady at the checkout eventually gave up).
- I have a bicycle. Yay transport!! And I am going for a ride everyday (see point 1).
- I got pulled over by the police today for (unknowingly) riding in the wrong spot 🙂 Apparently I am on a roll this week for not following the correct procedures…..
- We are planning a trip off the continent….
- Time feels like it has sped up suddenly.
- Fresh picked Swiss strawberries. Does anything taste better?
- No horrible cockroaches here. But lots of bees. Probably because there are so many flowers in bloom. I have had to chase a few out of the apartment.
This is what most of the residents of Wil have been doing in the afternoons. A lot of school kids have Wednesday afternoon free and they all go home for lunch and then head straight to the local pool. Many of the kids in Claudia’s class go to the pool every afternoon. There are diving boards and a water slide but no lifeguards.
The sign tells you the temperature of the water. The air temp has been hotter than that.
I am used to having sunshine most of the year round at home so it is interesting to see how much people in colder climates embrace the few summer months. They are like gold and people don’t waste a minute of it. Everyone is outside till quite late. The sun has not really fully set until well after 9pm and it is light very early so the days are long. In our apartment building there are barbecues cooking at lunchtime and in the evening. It feels special and probably more so because we had such a ridiculously long winter here this year.
About 40 minutes from our house is the spectacular Rheinfall. The River Rhine pounds through here. In the photo above you can see a small island in the middle of the falls. There is a dock at the base of the island and when the water volume is a little less you can take a boat to there and climb the steps to the top. It must be incredible from up there.
The water is crystal clear (are there any rivers/lakes in Switzerland that aren’t???) so you can see everything below. There is an abundance of fish in the river. It was fascinating to see some of them trying to swim against the pounding water.
We often walk to town and you really can get most things you need here. There are two or three supermarkets, lots of clothes shops, banks, dentists, optometrists, restaurants etc, and of course a chocolate shop! Now that summer is here tables have been moved outside, stalls have popped up everywhere, and there are a lot of people strolling around. I see there is a festival coming next month… might be nice for our visitors ‘popping in’ from Australia 🙂
The last time we walked up to here was at the very end of winter. There was still a small amount of snow on the ground. Now it is summer I was keen to see how different our town looks. It is so green and lush everywhere.
The tower cost 560,00 CHF to build. That is more than half a million Australian dollars. 300,00 CHF was sponsored by people and businesses in Wil. Each of the sponsors have a plaque attached to the tower.
For the first time in six months I have stepped outside in a short sleeved shirt. Hello summer!! The weekend was gorgeous. The sun was shining, it was warm, and way too nice to be inside. (Today of course is another story…..)
Claudia had a school excursion on Friday. Actually I think half of the Swiss school kids had a school excursion because the weather was so nice. Her teacher met us at the train station with a bag full of kindling. They went to a forest and cooked sausages on an open fire. They waded in the river. They looked at the plants they had been learning about in class. The class came home looking a little tired but happy.
This black ‘top’ was a dress a couple of months ago…