This year has been strange. On top of being our first year in a brand new country, Covid has not helped make things feel normal. Our original plans when we were looking at the year ahead in January were very different to how things turned out. We wanted to go to Liechtenstein (that did happen), followed by Easter in London, then Cinque Terre in May, London again in June, Romania in July and London in August, (90th birthday and a wedding so multiple London trips were planned), and then finish off the year with Crete for our wedding anniversary in October and Christmas in Romania. Almost none of that happened.
We of course did not go anywhere at Easter, or in May, in June we did a little Swiss vacay in Lugano just to have our first week off in 9 months, and then in August we managed to get to London once. Cinque Terre was looking promising for early October, but then we had to change that yesterday, so planning another part of Italy instead. And of course, Crete is not happening this year. Still hoping driving to Romania for Christmas will be possible. Not exactly the year we had planned, but it did force us to explore Switzerland a lot, which has been lovely, and really get into our new hobby here: hiking.
I say ”new” but really I have been resurrecting an old hobby I had in Vancouver growing up, after an 8 years hiatus, in Switzerland. London did not have very accessible hikes nearby so we did not really hike in the UK. Plus in the pre-COVID world any chance for a holiday we would go out of the country rather than stay within the UK. This season we have done a solid number of long walks and proper hikes, all around the country, and I am pleased with how much we have done considering we have a baby to take with us everywhere.
I also enjoy that most of the iconic places have some yummy food option like our cheese and meat fondue feast at the top of Creux du Van, or our delicious fritto misto with unbelievable view in Monte Bre. Those were probably my two favourite hikes of the year (no, not just because of the delicious meals) because the hikes were challenging yet rewarding, and the views were absolutely stunning. Lauterbrunnen was also gorgeous views, but I would want to try a more challenging hike in the area, as the route we did that day was more of a long walk than a proper hike.
We have also started investing in some hiking gear, which I think makes us official hikers. We have a fancy hiking backpack to chariot our son around in, and I plan to get proper hiking boots in a few weeks as well. It is a great activity for spring and summer, and even into the fall, and then of course winter time we have skiing, so this compliments our activity schedule well. Thankfully there is no shortage of hiking routes in Switzerland. There are literally thousands! So we definitely will not run out of options any time soon. It is also a good pandemic activity because it is naturally socially distant, so since Covid is not going anywhere any time soon I think we will be hiking a fair amount going forward.
Hopefully more travel will be possible too though 🙂