I love to go hiking. I'd like to say not just because I'm Swiss but being deep down honest. The mountains are like a home. I barely have time to go hiking so I'm a beginner myself but here are some points that helped me to get going.
1. Find a suitable hiking route.
If you live in Switzerland there are a lot of websites available to show you hiking tours and a lot more. My personal favorite is wanderungen.ch , where it shows you all the information you need. Important is to choose a route that isn't too hard for you hiking level.
2. Have the right equipment.
An important point for me is that it has to be affordable. So the only thing that I may spend a little more money on is in good hiking or tracking shoes. An other point you should not forget is a good backpack that doesn't put all the way on your shoulders. But at good secondhand stores you'll find one that probably is still in a good shape. Always have a rain/wind jacket just in case with you.
And if you want to relieve your knees you can invest in a pair of trekking sticks.
3. Keep the dangers in mind.
Don't overestimate your fitness. Especially as a beginner do not take and hard or extremely long routes. When you run out of breath take a break! And to go off a hiking path needs experience, so stay on the path unless you know what you're are doing. And especially in Switzerland we have enough tagged hiking routes.
4. Always check the weather.
Don't go hiking when it's raining or storming, the rocks get slippery when wet. And if the sun is really really bright keep in mind to choose a route with enough shadow.
5. What I pack in my bag:
- a cap and sunscreen
- rain jacket
- a map or my mobile phone to check the track and route
- enough water
- a good snack
Please keep in mind that all of this are my personal thoughts for beginners and you should always listen to your body.
After exactly a year seeing my danish best friend again!
I've been planning to visit Julie for a long time now, but it never really worked out because of work and school or other activies. We both were so busy! But this past Thurday I just spontaneously decided to buy a plane ticket to Denmark.
Life is crazy sometimes, but I'm glad I have friends all over the world I can just visit whenever. The weirdest thing is not seeing Julie everyday at school and tell her just about everything. I'm so glad I got to experience my exchange year with her and that we're still friends, remarking here how hard it is to keep relations alive living so far aways from each other.
Love you bunches Julie!
It's already June and I'm all the way in the mood for summer vacation. I'm glad I got to spend a few weekend hiking and camping trips already with my friends. And I'm 100% sure this summer is going to be the best summer ever. Well I say this about every summer and I'm saying that as a proud fall/winter season person.
But I am so looking forward about posting about my trips that are coming up!
I just found this picture recently, while I was showing one of my co-workers some pictures of my exchange year. Funny how this picture ended up in the wrong folder. What I just realized now, that I probably will never exeperience a winter sport camp like this again. 4 years in a row I was having fun with people I was already friends with, met new people or even bonded with some people I didn't know as well.
So what I am trying to say with this post is, enjoy moments like those. And for the future I am gonna make new memories with new and old friends.
So now after taking a break for over a month of blogging I am now finally back. I have been so stressed out and I just needed to spend my time with other things, so I don't lose myself. I had so much work to get done by so many deadlines. School assignments and other projects were drowning me and at the same time I was working so much. But not only was I really stressed out, I was also trying to keep my social life maintained.
But I didn't forget to write down my thoughts during this time, so now I have more content to blog about. I cannot wait to post about the things I have planned for the near future.
It's already been a while since I was in Porto, but I just didn't get a chance with uploading this post. A lot has been going in my life. So but I'll be trying to upload posts regularly again.
My sister and I went to the airport pretty early in the morning. The flight to Porto only took about 2 hours.
From the train station we had to find our apartment in the city centre of Porto, without any internet. Just a map. Because we were early to check-in in our apartment, we went to eat lunch around the corner. As you might see in pictures with my sister, we look pretty Latin, so people just assumed we speak Portuguese. And when they realized we don't speak Portuguese they automatically lost interest. This experience was somehow funny. Because I get asked like all the time if I am Latin .
After we ate and got the keys for the apartment we went to explore the city a little. We took a boat ride in the river, douro and got a view of all six bridges. To let the day sink in we went to the ribeira and on the other side of the douro, i think village on the other side was called, Gaia. After it got dark we ate something little for supper and tried to find the way back to our apartment, where we went to bed really really early.
On the second day in Porto, we got up early so we can use the whole day for productive stuff. While my sister was getting ready, I went around the corner to get some coffee and croissants.
The first stop was the famous libary, Livraria Lello.
It was really crowded so we didn't stay pretty long, we went to the really pretty main train station of Porto.
At the train station we bought bus tickets to get out of town, to the sea side. Unluckily the weather wasn't as good as we tought it would be but the sun ended up coming out anyways.
We had a lot of fun at the minimalistic Sea Life of Porto and had a great meal at the sea.
For our "last" night in Porto we wanted to go out. We went to the Hard Rock Café, which was just around the corner from our apartment. Actually all of the night life scene was around the corner.
We got up early on Sunday, so we can use all the time before we have to go to the airport. First thing in the morning was to visit the Jardins do Palácio de Cristal. The garden was so pretty and had an amazing view over Porto and the Douro.
After we walked all the way down to the river and a visit at the pirate museum, we both were hungry. We went again to Gaia, where we saw earlier that weekend a traditional Portuguese restaurant.
(Yes, please don't mind this annoying man looking at my sausage.)
After buying a few souveniers we went back to our apartment to get our stuff and go to the airport. But when we came to the airport they told us they overbooked our flight. And we will get a standby ticket, in case someone misses the flight or doens't show up we can have their seats. But everyone showed up for the flight to Zurich, so we had to spend another night in Portugal.
Good thing, we got everything paid from the airline.
A nice hotel, with a great view on the river, and even two meals.
After spending another night in Portugal, we had a flight back home at 6 in the morning. We left our hotel around 5 I think. Can't really remember, I was so tired.
Being back home made me think about what I loved most about this amazing trip, besides spending time with my big sister. I think the part I liked to most was the street art, from musicians to painting. I am wotking on a video of all the artists I was able to catch a shot of.
Hope you enjoyed reading about my trip to Porto!!
Sleep is the best meditation.