It kinda nice to have one place though out your life that you’re able to return to regardless of what happens.
I guess that it is just luck of the draw that this tiny part of Switzerland would remain a constant in a life that is full of change.
Every time I go back to the tiny village where mum’s family have a house I can’t help but ponder how much life has changed since the last time I was lucky enough to visit. It always makes me want to reassess my goals, values and where I am going or not.
This time I was able to go with Mum and Dad for a cousin’s wedding and it was wonderful in so many ways. Not only was Mum able to see so many of her family, I was able to check out some of the places that I hadn’t been able to do as a kid.
We also visited many old favourite places and did things that were characteristically Swiss like enjoy a Fondue on a side of a Swiss mountain.
After the wedding my mum, dad and aunts stayed in a at a cousin’s place (who was out of town) Monthly which is an unremarkable city but provided a great base to discover other parts of the country.
With Mum and Dad to keen to head back to Le Paquier, I wanted to see more of the mother country before flying out of Zurich.
Luckily, I had always wanted to visit St Gallen which is not far from Zurich. So after saying a sad good bye to family and crisscrossing Switzerland I arrived in St the ancient (and very wet) city of St Gallen.
I am so glad I got to visit St Gallen; it was so nice to wander the streets and take in the quiet building and tiny streets even if it was raining. I hope I get a chance to visit this town again and hopefully the weather would be better.
It was a bit of whirlwind trip to this city and I did spend a lot of time getting lost and wondering the wrong direction but I did get to visit the Art Gallery and National Swiss Museum. The Art Gallery was great and seemed to go on forever and the museum was ok, although it was a little bland. There was nothing to that made me understand Switzerland better; it could have gone into its role in the global political system and international banking, for example.
It was also time to stock up on Swiss chocolate – predictable, I know but it had to be.
It has been good holiday, although a little too short but I look forward to coming back to Switzerland and to discover more of the land of my ancestors.