Friday, August 3, 2007


Work is coming to a close, with 2 weeks left. Though things are moving slowly at this point because there is a lot being waited upon (I am studying quantum dot nuclear spins), but it's been good to learn new techniques and see the place.

I've also been doing a lot of travelling both in and out of Switzerland. Last Saturday I cycled from Lausanne to Montreux through the vineyards, and then on Sunday I went to Graubünden (southeastern mountainous province, the only one with a sizeable number of Romansch speakers), took a cable car up to the Arosa Weisshorn (2653m) and then hiked from the peak down through the Carmennapass, around the Plattenhorn, up to the Hòrnli, and down with a cable car. After that I took some rides around the Rhaetische Bahn, got off at Filisur and hiked to a viewpoint of the Landwasser Viadukt.

On National Day I saw a clear forecast for the Lauterbrunnen valley so I hiked up to the Schilthorn summit (2970m) from Gimmelwald (1400m), and then rode the cable car down from the summit and took off to Schaffhausen to see the incredible fireworks display over the Rheinfall at night. Happy (belated) National Day to everyone!

Photos from Switzerland ...

Wine terraces of the Lavaux, seen from Epesses.
[ More photos from Lavaux ]

A regional train from the Rhaetische Bahn passes over the Landwasser-Viadukt, viewed from a hiking trail starting in Filisur.
[ More photos from Graubünden ]

The steep trail up the Schilthorn (2970m) near Lauterbrunnen, with the Jungfrau in the background.
[ More to come later ]

Fireworks in celebration of the Swiss national day over the Rheinfall near Schaffhausen.
[ More photos from the Zürich area to come later ]

I've also been doing much travelling outside Switzerland to various things accessible by night trains that I haven't yet seen. A round up of my weekend trips to nearby countries by train from this summer...

Alberobello and Matera, Italy
Bled, Slovenia
Capri, Italy
Graz, Austria
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Plitvicka Jezera, Croatia
Sarajevo, Bosnia
Skocjanske Jame, Slovenia
Wien, Austria
Zagreb, Croatia

I also have a ton of photos from the Zürich vicinity (including Sankt-Gallen, Appenzell, etc.) but too many, so I'll have to sort through them later and post.


Anonymous said...

Looks like you all have been having a perfect summer!

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