Monthly Archives: August 2012

City of Roses & Bears

City of Roses & Bears
Hello there! :omnom:
How have you been doing? I miss reading your blogs so much and I can’t wait to get to it!
The first round of exams in Bern is over and now I’m back in Zurich and have one more week to prepare myself for the oral exams… I can’t wait to jump into the crystal clear Aare river and drift in it after all of this is over! *crossing fingers* :bang:

Besides some studying and exam writing I had the chance to walk through the marvellous city of Bern that is the capital city of Switzerland and had fun taking tons of pictures. :tongue: I must say that its idyllic location in a river loop and the friendly people make me feel almost more at home than Zurich does. It’s significantly smaller than Zurich but the architecture and parks are way cooler. :klimper:
No wonder its historic old town became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bern is even ranked among the worlds top ten cities for the best quality of life!

I miss you guys so much but it’s only two more weeks until I’m back in the blogosphere~ :on:
I should definitely get back to my books now and I’m probably not going to be able to post until the beginning of September… Hope the pictures are fun to look at! Click on read on if you want to see more of them.. They’re rather big so I couldn’t have all of them on the front page. :catexclam:

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Happy Birthday Helvetia

Happy Birthday Helvetia
Hello there World! :bling:
Today is Swiss National Day so Happy 721th Birthday to old lady Helvetia and to another rich and wealthy year in your life. At the end of the middle ages, in 1291, some lonely guys from three cantons got together and with an oath the old Swiss confederacy was born. The people living in this regions were called Helvetii, a Celtic tribe described by no other than Julius Caesar. And Helvetia is what the men from the three cantons expected to find in their country: fertility and defense against foreign powers. She’s therefore often depicted as beautiful woman holiding a spear in her right an a shield in her left hand.
In the old days, the Swiss were fighting all over Europe. Not for their country, but for everybody who had enough money to hire them, like the French king for example.

After many battles in which Swiss soldiers from one side killed Swiss soldiers from the other side, the Swiss decided to close them self up in neutrality and become a safety deposit box for the world’s money. And that’s how we got rich but that’s an other story… :youreweird:

The pictures are from the anime series Heidi, Girl of the Alps (アルプスの少女ハイジ). Do you know it? I think they captured the landscapes pretty well!

Every first of August, there are explosions from the fireworks and the air is filled with the scent of grilled sausages and marinated meat. I wish I could tell you about what awesome grill party I’m having, but I’m just enjoying the fireworks from my living room window. :sigh:

I’ll be back at the beginning of September guys!