Bregenz

My overwhelming memory of my day out in Bregenz is how difficult it was to get there. This is a Year Abroad story. I was a student living for a year in French-speaking west Switzerland and it finally occurred to me the month before I left that there wasn’t actually any reason why I needed… More Bregenz

Year Abroad: Appenzell

Appenzell is a lovely little corner of Switzerland, virtually untouched by the 21st century. It’s farming country, full of rolling hills and moo-cows and villages made of traditional wooden houses. In Switzerland, voting is taken seriously and done canton by canton and Appenzell Innerrhoden, one of the two Appenzell half-cantons stills vote in the traditional… More Year Abroad: Appenzell

Year Abroad: Lausanne

When I was a student, I spent a year living in Neuchâtel, a French-speaking town in western Switzerland. Lausanne is only three quarters of an hour away by two fast trains – well, there are two trains an hour, one to Geneva and one to Lausanne but they run one right behind the other and you… More Year Abroad: Lausanne

Year Abroad: Rigi

Rigi is a place I missed during my year abroad but I made it up there when I returned in October for my resits. Yes, I failed my exams and had to resit (and to be honest, I failed the resits too, which is why I was able to run off to mountains when the… More Year Abroad: Rigi

Year Abroad: Lugano

Towards the end of my year abroad, my friend Angela’s mother came to visit and we decided to make a long day trip to Lugano, which is a long way from our home in Neuchâtel. I didn’t write a blog at the time so I don’t have a record of many of the details but bless… More Year Abroad: Lugano