Finally, I’m stopping to write down my travel experiences. Over the past two weeks I’ve been travelling non-stop as I’ve been exploring and racing in Switzerland.
Switzerland is so beautiful with it’s lush green grasses, vibrant trees and the snow-covered mountains in the distance. It is so clear it looks like a movie back drop. Stepping off the plane, my first thought was about how green everything is. It is very different to Australia’s grass and trees. It’s not the yellow-green colour of our grass and trees, instead it’s a vibrant dark green everywhere. It’s very refreshing to see the wildlife and the outdoors being so clean and healthy.
One thing I’ve noticed is that it is very clean. There’s not a single place that I can see litter on the streets. The same goes for the streets with apartments and houses. It is so cute that I just want to move into one of the apartments right now. They each have a balcony that is filled with plants and they have a structure that looks like it has been around for a long time.
During my time in Switzerland, I have noticed that it is quite wheelchair accessible. The new trains are quite low to the platform and so that those in wheelchairs can get onto the trains easily there is a flat ramp that comes out automatically at each door so it isn’t difficult to get into the carriage. It is very easy to go around Switzerland in a wheelchair because the paths are all quite wide and the curbs are usually small so you can just roll off. It’s a nice change to being in Australia where the paths are narrow and the curbs are big. One small thing that I have noticed is that a lot of things are labelled if they are wheelchair accessible. In the streets you have a sign that points a certain way labelled “WC”. It’s very handy.
On my first full day in Switzerland, I went to a small city called Lucerne. It is known for being old and was like a fairy tale. The buildings are hundreds of years old and still standing, the narrow streets take you to different areas full of shops and there are beautiful paintings on all of the buildings.
In the distance you can see the mountains, still covered with snow from winter and spring. In Lucerne there are also many bridges, one of the oldest still present from medieval times. It was a long structure that was filled with paintings on the roofs.
My races were in a small town called Notwil. It is a very quiet town as there are no courts with houses on them, just an occasional house as you drown the street. There are also a lot farm animals and whenever you look around you’ll see llamas, goats and horses.
After my races I spent 4 days in the city of Zurich. Zurich’s city was really unlike Melbourne; the streets weren’t overly busy and there were barely any cars on the streets. I spent my time in Zurich looking around the city, finding new areas to walk through. What I loved to do was finding old streets and walking through them to admire the old buildings.
On the 28th of June I visited the National Museum of Switzerland. The museum was around an old building with an open space in the middle. One of my favourite exhibitions was the history of Switzerland from the 1500s all of the way to current day. In the current day era, it highlighted the current want for things to be eco friendly and equal. Another exhibition that really hit home for me, however, was the exhibition of images. It showcased images ranging from current social issues to sport. It had incredibly raw and honest images from the refugee crisis and the war in Syria, focussing on how it impacted children. It was heartbreaking and I wish world governments did more.
On a lighter note, on the 29th I travelled out to a small town called Greifensee where there was an old castle and a wheelchair friendly walking track to visit. The streets were old and beautiful leading to the castle. The castle was hidden away and it looked like something out of Romeo and Juliet with greenery going up the building.
The walking track was very nice to do also as it went around Greifensee lake so you could see all of the wildlife in the area and the on the lake. The walking track is very wheelchair friendly as it is quite flat and the are wheelchair accessible bathrooms along the way. It is easy to get to with the train being wheelchair accessible and in walking vicinity to the nearest train station.
On my final day in Switzerland, I spent the day walking around the other side of the river visiting Alstadt and the botanical gardens. Alstadt is located a long the river, looking onto churches and shops within the old buildings. It was very picturesque.
About a 30 minute walk east is the botanical gardens. It is located up on a hill and there are 3 large glass biomes welcoming you into the garden. It was a very nice day so there were people having having picnics and lounging on the grass. Along the pathways were also numerous different types of plants.
I have loved my time in Switzerland. Now off to Germany!