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Love Switzerland?

posted by Martin Rubli at 15:03

It's fun, after living abroad for a while, to go back to your home country to see what has changed and what hasn't. Some things never seem to change:

  • Mother's cooking is still the best
  • Shops close over lunch time
  • The amount of snow
  • The challenge of getting food after 22h!

And some things are not quite what they used to be:

  • I can walk through my parents' home town largely incognito
  • I feel weird going to a Chinese restaurant (especially accompanied by a Taiwanese)
  • My ability to speak my mother tongue (it's embarrassing trying to order something in a bakery and not remembering its name ;-)

Together with Ivy I traveled through Switzerland in what can be described as a mixture between Swiss retiree style (i.e. sitting in the train a lo-o-ot) and Japanese city hopping. In three days we went from Chur to Lausanne in the Glacier Express, from there to Basel and Bern, and via Z├╝rich back to Chur. Our vacation also included a Snow Show in Arosa and a one-day trip to St. Moritz, one of the most expensive (and, if it wasn't for the scenery, most boring) towns in Switzerland.

But Chinese food (not my idea, I swear) was not the only thing that reminded us of Taiwan. See for yourself:

Love Sculpture in front of Taipei 101 Love Sculpture in an art gallery window in St. Moritz

Apparently, the Love sculpture in front of Taipei's 101 is not the only one of its kind. Turns out that there are more instances of Robert Indiana's art piece than you'd think as a quick Internet search reveals. :-)

My gallery has more pictures from our trip. Enjoy!


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