Autumn love from Blenio valley in Ticino

Come with me on a train ride through the longest railway tunnel in the world and end up in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. This is how easy you can move around here and find yourself not only surrounded by another language, but also by a different cultural atmosphere.

The Gotthard Base Tunnel is quite a thing here in Switzerland, and maybe in the world. It was opened in 2016 and took almost 17 years to be built. It surely is a masterpiece of engineering. The tunnel is 57km long, starts in Erstfeld and ends in Bodio, and leads right through the Swiss Alps – a challenging barrier between the North and the South of Europe when it comes to mobility. As a passenger the only thing you realize is the dark view when you look out the window. Going at around 200km/h you will see the sun and the typical palm trees of the Ticino after a 20-minute ride. For those of you who would love to learn more about this spectacular tunnel, I recommend watching the 8-minute long documentary by the Swiss Radio and Television.

Gotthard Base Tunnel 360° Documentation (in English)
Gotthard-Basistunnel 360° Doku (auf Deutsch)

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The famous palm trees you see when visiting this sunny canton of Switzerland

Ticino makes you indulge in the beautiful language, the warmth, the socially-minded culture, and the way they celebrate and cherish food. Read more

South up North

We travelled north to finally see three outstanding musicians with their program “Süden” – meaning south in German. It took more than six hours by train to get to the Bavarian city of Regensburg, but their friendship mirrored in their music, their heartwarming and inspiring words and songs, their focus on humanness, the Hang instrument played by Kälberer (one of the musicians), and the beautiful atmosphere they created was more than worth it. They finished their first tour five years ago with a grande finale in the Arena di Verona/IT – yes, we missed it :0( – but luckily took it up again this summer. What’s more, they will have a Süden II tour next year. Tickets are already ours for this one….

What is the furthest away you have ever travelled for a concert? Read more

Greetings from St-Ursanne

I just spent a wonderful time in a region of Switzerland I did not know very well so far, the Canton of Jura. It is a french-speaking canton bordering France in its west.

We were based in a rebuilt barn at the end of a winding road leading through a forest up in the hills surrounded by forests, meadows, and cows.

Here is just a little greeting from the village the barn politically belongs to – St-Ursanne. Rest assured to see more of the region soon.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sardinia: Santa Maria ‘e Mare

Has it also happened to you that you were travelling and/or on holidays and you were at the right place at the right time?

While I love to read the section about local festivities in travel guides, my travel itinerary does not match these dates very often as I don’t normally plan around them. Well, I was lucky in Sardinia last year where magic happened in front of my eyes. I’d like to share it with you.

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A colorful and flowery tradition

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Afro-Pfingsten Festival

The 28th edition of Afro-Pfingsten closed yesterday and what a colourful, peaceful, and multicultural spectacle it was, once more. Afro-Pfingsten is a music festival (actually much more than that) in Winterthur/Switzerland and takes place during the week up to and over the weekend of Pentecost. The latter means Pfingsten in German, hence the name Afro-Pfingsten. It is a week full of music, laughter, drums, humans from every walk of life, food from all over the world, and a mixture of languages, cultures, looks and styles that you feel like travelling the world by visiting just one city in a small country.

There is a buzzing market from Thursday through to Saturday, workshops, free concerts on two stages in the picturesque old town of Winterthur, buskers to stop an listen to, a film festival showing relevant movies, and even more concerts in the evenings.

This festival is best when listened to, that is why you will have several options in this post to indulge your ears and souls into a little bit of what was going on here. Let’s start with the drums with a view of some of the old town houses :0): Read more

African Hair Style

As you may know, I am a keen traveller and actually have itchy feet in this very moment. But I am lucky to have the world or at least parts of it in my classroom. So I learn bits and pieces of other languages, cultures, dos and don’ts while working.

What do you learn at work?

The first word I normally want to learn from people with different mother tongues than me is thank you followed by hello. I remember many moments when I opened doors and hearts by just simply saying one of these words in their language. I also still see the smiling faces, mine included. The latter I rather feel than see, though ;-). Read more