This is where I live (part 2: field walks in the outskirts)
I hope that once you look through these photos, you’ll feel like I’ve taken you on a walk around my little village. I’ve been told that there are about 10 farmers that live here and tend to the many fields you see in these photos as well as animals that I plan on showing you at a later date. If you’d walk in a circle around the village, this is mostly what you’d see.
To answer some of your questions: I’ve been living here for a little over a year now, I moved here with my family, and I never really know how to answer the question “where are you from?” When I went on my Paris-Venice- Athens trip a few years ago with my friend Meredith, after being asked that for what felt like the hundredth time, I just started saying “everywhere”, ha! They all still wanted to hear the whole story as I’m sure you do, too. I’ve answered the question in a post before, but for those who missed it: Polish blood, German born, lived in Canada, USA, England, & Switzerland. I hope to add many more places to that list in my lifetime!
A little summary with a few added in details about living in this tiny town. Like I mentioned before,
I’ve called this place a “ghost town” quite often. Sometimes it looks like all of the homes are empty and it’s super quiet. At first I thought it was just this town, but then a friend visited who’d lived in another part of Switzerland and mentioned how quiet everyone is here. It’s hard to get used to! The weather is even more unpredictable than what I remember in Indiana (people in high school would joke that you just needed to drive five minutes in Indiana if you wanted different weather). Since I’m high up, I can see many other towns (which you’ll see in another part of this series) and often times they’re super sunny and it’s cloudy and cold here. Just today it was super humid in the morning and then wind and rain came in and now it feels like winter all over again. At first when I didn’t have internet (for three months), I’m surprised I didn’t go crazy, ha! I read a bunch, but there were quite a few depressing days (I’ve noticed, especially this past year, just how much the weather has an affect on me). The only negative the warm weather brings is lots of ticks, mosquitoes, and flies.
Now that we’ve gotten most of the bad things out of the way, I’ve saved the good stuff till the end. When the weather is nice, you can see people going on walks or bike riding. Most of the time, however, a big reason it’s so quiet is because people tend to travel or at least go out of town for their entertainment. The quiet is really nice most days (even if you do feel like your playing your music way too loud all the time). I love being, literally, just a few steps away from nature. It almost seems like I discover a little something new every time I go on a walk. There are many who hang their laundry outside to dry (eco-friendly, healthier, and just all-around cool). When I first got here, I don’t know if it’s because I knew it was temporary + the surroundings + the bugs (both pleasant and not so pleasant), but I felt like I was camping and I still get that feeling every once in a while (I love camping!).
I know there’s so much more I wanted to add, but for now I’ll just let you look at the pretty pictures. I’m so glad most of the photos really capture the beauty of my surroundings and the luscious greenery. I realized that I don’t have too many forest pictures and there are many forests here, so if you haven’t yet, you can check out my winter walk posts here and here.
My “magic field” which I just have to show you more photos of in another part! You’ve seen a glimpse of it before here.
That tiny little smudge of a dot at the top of the photo is the hot air balloon I showed you last week!
There are so many cherry trees here, wild and growing in what appear to be abandoned orchards.
These two photos were taken on the same day, same walk. The forest can be super dark in certain parts (I had to do a lot of lightening up on the second photo).
This sign represents the different vehicles that aren’t allowed to drive past that point. At first I thought the one on the right was a bicycle (it’s a moped) and thought it was outrageous that I couldn’t ride with my bike in so many areas, ha!
Recognize this? Check out the fourth picture of my magic field. See… told you it was “magic”! ; )
I love how people-friendly all these pathways are. There are many benches that dot the different paths here and there.
Look familiar? It’s the same place as the very first photo. P.S. That’s a cherry tree!
Phew, okay! The hardest part of this series is picking out which photographs to show you – I take too many! That’s the reason I ended up making a series of this, but it feels like I need to make a series within a series on each post, ha! Hope you liked what you saw and definitely come back next week for the third part!