I was lucky to be able to take off a week of work to travel with my friends. Time for a girls trip! We flew out of Geneva on Monday morning (17 October 2016) with a destination of the Tuscan wine country of Montepulciano. We flew in to Florence, picked up a rental car (which thank goodness fit the luggage of four girls!) and drove 2 hours south to Tuscany.

Transportation: As I mentioned above, we rented a car since we were headed into the countryside of Tuscany and we wanted the flexibility of our own wheels. I was the driver since I felt the most comfortable with the European roads (despite never driving in Switzerland🙂 . Just random but a couple of funny driving experiences. The roads were nice and the signage was good but two cases:

1) While leaving Florence we arrive at two stop signs. So … I did what any normal person would do and I stopped. In both cases I got a very angry person halt behind me and the second time the person behind me went around me as I stopped. What the heck!

2) While driving the highways we passed through several construction zones that went down to a single lane with speed limits of 40 KMPH (versus the 90 or 110 KMPH it normally was). I went that lower speed but I was clearly the only one because I had a LONG line of people behind me and when the lanes opened up they honked and glared at me. Sorry for following the rules???

We mentioned this to our wine tour and he just laughed and shook his head at the notion that I followed these signs. He said they were “up to interpretation.” I have NO idea what that is supposed to mean but he was very entertained that I obeyed the signs. I definitely did not make the other drivers on the road happy but oh well – I followed the posted rules!

Accommodation: We stayed in the Agriturismo le Caggiole right outside Montepulciano. An agriturismo is a typical type of accommodation in this region of Italy and is a family-run farm-stay where the owner offers a selection of rooms and/or apartments. They offer a variety of levels of services, but we chose ours because they were willing to cook us a home made meal. We stayed for two nights from Monday through Wednesday in a little house that had a single room and an apartment that fit the four of us. The farm had an olive grove with views across a little valley of vineyards and other farms. It was quaint, quiet and beautiful!

Our building at the agriturismo. The right side was the single bed room, on the left was the apartment with a fully operational kitchen, couch and dining table. It was perfect for the four of us to hang out at the end of the day and sip on our wine we just bought from a Tuscan vineyard🙂
Jenny on the terrace of our agriturismo, overlooking the olive grove and the little valley below us.
The weather was a bit cloudy and grey but it was still good visibility and so bucolic.
Eats: Monday night: Pasta Making class at Podere Il Casale. Maddy heard about this place from a colleague who visited recently and it did NOT disappoint. The owners are Swiss German and opened the farm 20+ years ago to operate a fully organic farm. We took a class that involved making three different types of pasta by hand. The kitchen staff made all the sauces and served us a full dinner at the end of the class. It was incredible. See the rest of the details and pictures below in my Activities section. The hospitality of this place was amazing and the food was delicious. I highly recommend this experience or at least visiting them for a meal and to take in the incredible view from their property.

Tuesday night: Dinner at the agriturismo, in their farm house. This was so amazing. They do their best to offer a home made, family experience so that you understand true Tuscan cooking and hospitality. We had a first course of a bruschetta trio, followed by pappardelle (homemade fresh pasta) with house-made Tuscan ragĂš (with Chianina Beef and Cinta Senese pork); followed by a roasted guinea fowl; a dessert of chocolate mousse and all accompanied by their own aged red wine – harvest 2009. We had dinner with two other agriturismo guests, which turned out to be a couple around our age from Seattle. It was such a good time and amazing food and wine! Best of all we could finish the meal and walk to our beds🙂

The guinea fowl
The bruschetta trio. The one on the right was just olive oil and salt. OMG their olive oil here is to-die-for.
Monday we drove south from the airport in Florence to our agriturismo in Montepulciano, which is about a 2 hour drive. We needed to be at our cooking class by 5:30 PM, so there was not time to do anything else. On Monday evening, as I mentioned above, we took a cooking class. This place was absolutely amazing!

View from the cooking school terrase
Starting off with a little wine before cooking class

We started off by making three different types of pasta dough: one for pici (a local Tuscan pasta that is a thicker looking spaghetti), egg pasta dough, and third dough for gnocchi made with fresh farm-made ricotta. Making the dough was HARD work and took quite a lot of arm strength, something I did not appreciate until now. While the dough rose we got to have a tour of their dairy where they make cheese! The farm raises sheep, goats and pigs. Their cheeses are mostly ricotta but also some blue cheeses and chèvre.


The dairy where they make cheese. The tubs on the left have fresh ricotta made from sheep’s milk that same day!
The owner’s “cheese bank” where they age cheeses for varying numbers of months (or years). At a varying frequency they will wash the wheels of cheese to wipe away mold and give them a salt water bath. You can see the mold growing on some in the picture on the second shelf from the top.
Maddy and Emily making the pici – which looks like fat spaghetti. In the back is Pierro, our class instructor.
Our ravioli, with a pumpkin and ricotta filling
A plate of house-made cheese

Our pasta from the class accompanied by sauces made by the kitchen staff

Tuesday: Wine tour with Tuscany Tours by Golden Travel. We visited four wineries:Casanova di Neri in Montalcino, Poliziano in Montepulciano, Poggio Rubino in Montalcino, and Villa Le Prata in Montalcino and also a couple tasting rooms in Montepulciano. They all offered wines of the region, which are red Sangiovese and included Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. We learned so much about the wines of the region including their ranking by the appellation control, the varietals, how long they are aged in the bottle and barrel and such things. I am so happy to have gone as now I feel like I can really pick a good Tuscan wine out on a menu. And – the wine is delicious!

Casanova di Neri
Casanova di Neri
Walking through the streets of Montalcino

Walking through Montalcino
Walking around Montalcino, Maddy, me and Jenny

The entrance to the vineyard Villa le Prata
The vineyards of Villa Le Prata
At Poggio Rubino
View from Poggio Rubino
View from Montepulciano

The winery and vineyards at Villa Le Prata. This winery was having a terrible problem with wild boars. We could see the track marks all over the place and the poor wine maker was explaining how the boars have very good taste in grapes as they eat the most valuable grapes. They are investing in putting up fences but it sounds like it’s a tough time for all the grape farmers in the region. In addition, their chestnut trees in the region have caught some sort of sickness and are dying. She sounded positive but it’s interesting to hear about the issues these people face in their industry. Hopefully they get through without too much damage.
A typical bread salad, from our lunch at Poggio Rubino.
Down in the historic underground wine cellars of Cantine Storiche De’Ricci

My wine spoils to take home to Switzerland🙂
And that’s it! We packed up the car on Wednesday morning to head north to Florence for the second part of our Italian adventure. Our car was packed to the brim with four girls, 23 bottles of Tuscan red wines and lots of luggage. It was such a wonderful time exploring this region of Italy and all in the company of some of my best friends!

The girls are here!!!

My girl friends from JMU Emily (DC), Jenny (DC) & Maddy (NYC)  are on a Eurotrip and came to stay with us in Lausanne for a weekend before I’d join them on a trip into Italy. 

The girls arrived on Friday after visiting Vienna. That night we went out to dinner at Étoile Blanche and caught up as I hadn’t seen the girls since Christmastime last year. 

Saturday we started the day with a walking tour of Lausanne to show the girls our adopted home town. We went from the cathedral down through the shops and ended up on the lake front to have a light lunch and drinks in Ouchy. The weather was warm and sunny – super nice for hanging out!

Walking on Rue de Bourg
Peering in the windows before we stepped into one of our newfound favorite chocolate shops, Blondel
View of the Ouchy waterfront in Lausanne

In the late afternoon we caught the train and headed to tour the Château de Chillon (which we visited with Cody & Kim earlier this year and Lauren last year). It turned out they were having a special Halloween party that day so there were tons of little ghosts and goblins running around. The weather is perfect for their time here so tons of beautiful pictures. 

Sunday we got up early to do a day of hiking and fondue in Ovrannaz. We hiked up to Grand Garde for a view and then moved on to a cabane for fondue. The trees were showing their fall colors and it was gorgeous!

Up at the Grand Garde viewpoint, with a panoramic view of the RhĂ´ne valley
View from the Grand Garde

Afterwards we hiked over to the , Le gĂŽte de Lui d’AoĂťt. We rewarded our efforts on the hike with white wine and the girls’ first Swiss fondue on the mountain side!

The Cabane where we had our fondue
Having fondue at the Cabane

Sunday night we came back to have dinner at home and take the time to pack (me), re-pack (the girls) and get ready for the upcoming work week (sorry Andrew). It has been so fun to have the girls here visiting and to get to show them Switzerland. We had an awesome time exploring with them! Can’t wait to take the fun to the south as we head to Italy for the week!

Sunday dinner at our tiny little table 😊

Dinner Party at our house!

This weekend we had our co-worker Yann and his girlfriend Marie over for dinner. They had us over to their place in July and Marie wowed us with her cooking. It was my turn to return the favor and my first time ever to cook a three course meal for guests. Major adult-ing going on over here!

We had them arrive at 7:30, and after a tour of the apartment we popped open a bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte champagne and sat down in the living room to catch up over small bites of veggie crudites, olives, nuts and cheese.

My first course (the entrĂŠe) was salmon tartare. You may remember from my previous post when I made it for the first time, but ever since moving to Switzerland, my eyes have been opened to tartare. Here in Switzerland it’s most commonly made with beef, but I’ve had a couple made with different types of fish. I am still perfecting the recipe, but it’s such an easy thing to make and so fresh and delicious! I paired it with toast, avocado and a simple green salad. I used this recipe as a guide, but excluded the smoked salmon and used about 1/3 of the amount of the marinade (the first time I made it I followed the recipe and it was drenched, it calls for way too much). I also only marinate the salmon for about 15 minutes.

I tried my hand at a simple Fall table scape. We have an amazing florist up the street who helped me put this together after I introduced my idea with some broken French and a photo example. 

Our main course was a rack of lamb with a side of potatoes. I am a budding chef, and learning to cook red meat has been a challenge. I can never tell when it’s done! Luckily, our oven has a built-in meat thermometer that helped me get the lamb to a perfect temperature – I think I achieved a perfect medium!

Recipe for Lamb: I used only 2 garlic cloves and added about a tablespoon of chives to the rub. Recipe for potatoes

I was definitely a bit nervous about cooking for our friends, especially after the amazing meal they served us in their home, but if anyone knows me well than you know that I can handle dessert! I come from a line of very good bakers on my mother’s side (hats off to you, Mom and Grandma, for teaching me!). I wanted to give our friends something that would be a bit more of an American style dessert. Here in Switzerland, they have excellent desserts but nothing like our frosted layer cakes. My beloved Susie Cakes would blow their minds! I made a chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. It was so good. Seriously, try this recipe!! I couldn’t find espresso powder in our grocery store so I just made espresso and reduced the liquid in the  cake and frosting recipes. The trusty The Kitchn blog helped me figure that trick out🙂

My cake!

All in all, a fun time with some Swiss friends and a fun opportunity to test my culinary abilities. Next up: I have three girl friends from JMU coming to visit us for a weekend and then I’m joining them on a trip to Tuscany and Florence! Bring on the good times!

Evolène and hiking to Cabane des Aiguilles Rouges

Like I mentioned a couple weeks ago, our days hiking in the high elevation mountains are numbered. Winter is coming! So we are trying to hike as much as possible before we trade our hiking boots for skis🙂

Friday night we had dinner at an awesome new South Indian style restaurant around the corner from our apartment, Suku’s Restaurant. Saturday morning we did some errands then hit the road right before 3, headed for the village of Evolène, in the valley Val d’HĂŠrens.  We picked this spot since it’s a new region that we haven’t seen yet and it was further east. This was important since it was supposed to rain in Lausanne and in the mountains nearer to where we live, but farther east it was looking like a better chance of sun. As storms in our region move west to east (from Lausanne toward Evolène) the mountains block the weather and often prevent weaker storms from moving into the depths of the Alps.

Accommodation & Dinner: We stayed at the Pension d’Evolène right in the center of the village. This is a simple hotel. We got a room with a shared bathroom on the top floor with the balcony pictured, with a view of the mountains and village. It was only CHF 78 for one night, including breakfast, which was a pretty fantastic deal!

View of the Pension d’Evolène. Our room was the top floor with the balcony, on the right. Isn’t it cute?!
A simple room, but it was comfortable and had the balcony out front. Perfect for a short stay on a low budget!
View from our balcony of the Dents de Veisivi. Don’t you love the flower boxes and slate roofs? So quaint!
Walking through the village
Some of the houses in the village. I mean seriously, so cute! And the FLOWERS! I swear the Swiss are born with green thumbs and skis on their feet.
After we checked in and walked around the village, we stopped to hang out at a restaurant on the terrace for a while, chatting and reading our books. So relaxing🙂
We had dinner at the Pension on Saturday night. It was downstairs, so super easy for us, but to their credit also had good reviews online. There were a bunch of locals at the bar and hanging out, so we felt like we picked the right spot! Pictured above is my dinner, which is a deer stew topped with some chanterelle mushrooms (in season in Switzerland right now and you find them on most menus!) with sides of cabbage and spätzli. So so good!

The menu included popular items for the region, such  as cerf (deer) and chamois, which is a type of mountain goat (see wiki here). We even saw a herd of chamois while hiking on Sunday!

We had been watching the weather closely before our trip to this valley, and on Sunday we woke up to grey skies and clouds. As we drove the 20 minutes to the trailhead in the next village up the valley, it started to rain a bit and were inside the clouds. Nevertheless, we hit the trail with optimism, to hike up the mountains with a destination of the Cabane des Aiguilles Rouges. We chose this hike because we were hoping to have lunch at the Cabane and the view sounded like it would be nice (pending said clouds clearing).

Complete white out when we parked the car. You’re looking at what normally is a valley a couple thousand feet below.
After about an hour of hiking up the mountainside, the light rain switched to ice and then to snow. Our first snow of the season!  At this point we had no idea if the weather was going to clear, and instead just enjoyed the peacefulness of the snow falling around us and having the trail to ourselves.
How our trail looked. Kind of eery but still a bit cool to never know what’s around the corner because of the low clouds.

So, after two hours of hiking and getting closer to the top, the clouds started to come and go, clearing in areas and giving us fleeting glimpses to the peaks above and across the valley. We arrived at the Cabane, still in the clouds, and decided to sit down and wait to see what would happen. After not even ten minutes, the clouds completely cleared!

Absolutely stunning once the clouds cleared. That’s me right below the flag. It’s so crazy to have been surrounded in clouds and then to look outside after a few minutes and realize THIS is where we were!


On our hike back down. This valley felt very different from others we have hiked recently. The rocks came in all different colors (dark purple/grey, rusty red, green with lichen), and there were boulders everywhere. There were even a couple lakes, which is unusual for our region of the Alps.
A herd of Chamois. Sorry for the poor iPhone photo quality! We really need a real camera.
There are not many deciduous trees in the area, so it is hard to find much Fall color. Luckily, on this hike we got a bit of it as the ground bushes are changing into a firey red. The photo doesn’t do it justice, but it was pretty!
On our hike down. Glaciers everywhere on the peaks. Such an amazing day in the mountains!

Oktoberfest 2016

Only my fourth time to Oktoberfest, and Andrew’s third after our trip last year (see post). We almost didn’t go, but we already had a hotel booked back in January (which we thought we could cancel but ended up being non-refundable – whoops!) so off we went. Turned out we knew a bunch of people headed to Munich at the same time, so it was the best time to go. We stayed at an awesome hotel right across from the train station, the Eden Hotel Wolff, which was convenient for getting to/from the festival grounds on foot and also great for getting around the city.

Andrew arrived on Thursday and I came in on Friday by train. I got there at 1:30 and immediately hit the shopping district as I wanted to buy a couple things aaaand I decided it was time to buy a newer and nicer dirndl. I had researched ahead of time where to go and visited a few “trachten” shops (stores selling traditional Bavarian dirndls and lederhosen). I ended up liking Angermaier Trachten the most for it’s wide selection, prices and they were more organized than a couple others I found. There were SO many beautiful dresses, it was hard to choose!

Inside of the Angermaier Trachten shop

On Friday At 4 I met up with my friend Jim and his girlfriend Alex at my hotel to head for the festival. I met Jim during grad school at JMU and we both worked for KPMG in the DC area. We both moved away from DC in 2012 as he moved to Boston and I moved to SF – it had been a while so there was tons to catch up on!

We met up with Andrew and our friend Lauren (Lauren is our friend from SF that works for KPMG and is on a rotation in London. We visited her last November). We also met up through the night with a handful of other friends of the group as there were a bunch of people coming through from all over the U.S. We had a great group and got a spot at a table in LĂśwenbräu with a group of Australians. LĂśwenbräu’s band plays a lot of covers of popular American music along with the traditional Bavarian music. It’s a really fun tent where tons of foreigners like to go. We hung out until about 8:30, rode some roller coasters then called it a night since Saturday would be a marathon.

Alex, me and Andrew
Me and Andrew
Our table on Friday night at the LÜwenbräu tent with our fellow Australian and British Oktoberfest partiers 

On Saturday, the drill was as in other years. We didn’t have a reservation so we had to get in line at 7:00am to secure a full table when the tents open. We managed to get an awesome table right in the center of the Paulener Winzerer Fähndl Festzelt. We hadn’t been to it before, but it’s one of the biggest tents (fits nearly 6800 people!) and is known for a good band and having tons of locals. We stayed all day, drinking liters of the Oktoberfest beer, singing and dancing.

A view into the room where they clean all the steins
We all wish we could know how many chickens Oktoberfest goes through during the two week period. Getting a half rotisserie chicken is one of the most common dishes to eat at Oktoberfest, and you see countless chickens going out every hour.
Andrew and the pretzel that was bigger than his head.
For breakfast Saturday: you eat Weisswurst and a side of beer!
Inside the Paulaner tent on Saturday morning at the beginning of the day. You can tell it’s early because no one is standing up yet and most people look pretty well put together🙂 This does not last long!

Me and Olivia on Saturday
Our table of friends coming from all over – SF, Boston, NYC, London & Lausanne!

On Sunday morning we got up somewhat early (might have had an early bedtime thanks to a day of drinking …) and had coffee and a croissant down in the old city on the Marienplatz by the Rathaus.

The Famous Glockenspiel

Our train back to Switzerland wasn’t until 12:30, so we went back to the festival to have an early lunch. We sat at a table in the biergarten at the Pschorr-Bräursol tent. It was a warm day so very nice to hang out.


Our last half chicken of the weekend, a plate of sausages with sauerkraut, and a cold potato salad. Not many people are aware because they think Oktoberfest is only about the beer, but the food at is absolutely fantastic!

After lunch we rode a roller coaster then headed back to catch our train. Another year at Oktoberfest to go down in the books!

Walking through the carnival side of Oktoberfest

We stayed in Lausanne for once!

This past weekend started out great. We were invited to go over to a co-worker’s house for  a BBQ on Thursday night. He and his girl friend had just returned from a 3 week vacation in the U.S., traveling through California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. We were excited to hear all about it and to find out how they liked SF and the national parks. Also, our co-worker had just passed the last part of the Swiss version of the CPA so we had reason to celebrate! Side note: Andrew and I were happy to get invited to a Swiss colleague’s home for dinner. We have been slow to befriend many Swiss people, so it was exciting to be invited over. This is the second time this has happened for us in the past few months, and it took over a year of having lived here!

This weekend we had developed a grand plan to spend the weekend backpacking from cabane to cabane in the Berner Oberland – a part of the Alps in the Swiss German region that we do not frequent often since it’s a little further away. We would have gone from Lauterbrunnen, to Griesalp and Andrew would have stayed an extra night as he had a holiday from work on Monday and hiked further on to Adelboden. We were really excited to do this. Unfortunately, mother nature had other ideas. It has been unseasonably warm and dry in Switzerland for weeks and the streak ended this Friday when a big weather system passed through with colder temperatures and LOTS of rain. The snow levels were looking very low, which implied the potential for snow on the higher mountain passes we needed to cross. Basically, things looked pretty awful up there and while we can handle some rain it did not sound enjoyable nor like we would see anything besides the ground in front of us. So, we cancelled😦 During the weekend we checked some of the webcams at the cabanes and they were in completely in a cloud or had gotten a few inches of snow. So, we made the right choice in the end.

As a result, we spent this past weekend in Lausanne, which turned out to be relaxing and not a bad thing since we were in between two sets of visitors, and next weekend we’re headed to Munich for Oktoberfest! On Saturday we ran some errands and walked around some shops in the old town of Lausanne, stopping for lunch at an outdoor table at Coccinelle-CafĂŠ. There was also a free music festival going on in Lausanne called Label Suisse, with stages set up all over the city and featuring local Swiss artists. We stopped by on Sunday to see the band LIA. It was raining but there was still a crowd catching the show.

There’s been a lot that has changed about our day-to-day life since we moved to Switzerland but one is the cost to go out to dinner and also the limited variety of restaurants. So I have been expanding my skills and trying lots of new recipes since we moved here. We have been eating such delicious French style food given where we live and our travels in France. This weekend I finally tried salmon tartare. While I may need one more go to get the recipe down, it was surprisingly easy and sooo good. Definitely a keeper for the future or a hot summer night when you don’t want to turn on the oven or stove.

Monday was a holiday in our canton of Vaud, and Andrew had off work. Since my client is in Geneva, in a different canton, the day was not available for me to take off but I traded the holiday for this upcoming Friday to be able to leave for Oktoberfest. So while I worked, Andrew went for a long hike (32 km!) through the entirety of Lavaux from Montreux to Lausanne. It was a little cloudy, which actually made for a beautiful setting with the sun peaking through the clouds onto Lake Geneva. The grapes are clearly ready for harvest soon!

From Monday to Wednesday, a friend from my business fraternity at JMU came to stay with us. Ashley was passing through while on a trip through France, Switzerland and Germany. I of course love having guests visit and it was fun to catch up with her as we hadn’t connected in a few years. On Monday night she arrived and we had dinner at the house while chatting about her travels. On Tuesday, Ashley went on her own excursion through Lavaux, first taking the La Suisse ferry along the lake coastline and then hiked up from Rivaz to have lunch at Le Deck while taking in the view. On Tuesday night, while Andrew had to stay in Neuchâtel for a work event, Ashley and I went out to dinner at Etoile Blanche. Luckily, it will likely not be the last time we see Ashley this week as we’ll all be in Munich this weekend for Oktoberfest!

Ashley and I after dinner, with the Lausanne cathedral lit up behind us

Sara & Vince visit

This past weekend we were lucky to have our friends from San Francisco, Sara and Vince, visit. They were on a vacation in Italy and came up to Lausanne to spend Saturday night through Tuesday morning with us before flying back to the States.

On Saturday, their train from Italy arrived at 8:45pm. That evening, we made steak fajitas and hung out at our apartment, catching up on life and everyone’s recent travels. Sunday, we got up early and drove an hour to our first destination, which was to take a 1.5 hour hike up to the  Cabane de la Tourche.

View from the parking lot of our destination. Tough to see if you don’t know what you’re looking for, but the Cabane is a little bump on the slopes up on the left.
Sara & Vince in front of the Cabane
We made it!

We settled in at a table outside and had fondue while looking out over the mountains. It was Vince & Sara’s first Swiss fondue (yay!!!) and our first of the season. The view was breathtaking and the local Swiss wine washed it all down nicely.

Eating fondue on the Cabane terrace. The mountains behind us on the right are the Dents du Midi which we hiked up a few weeks ago. It’s hard to tell with the clouds surrounding the peak, but Mont Blanc (the highest peak in Western Europe) is behind us on the left. The views were beautiful as the clouds moved over the peaks.

Hiking down with a view of the Rhone valley below

The hike we found conveniently had Les Bains de Lavey right at the foot of the mountain. So, after our hike we hit the thermal baths and spa which are heated by hot springs running out from the mountains above. We sampled all the pools, jacuzzis, hammams and saunas. This was the first time we went into the Chromotherapy room. Really interesting … there are set times when you can enter the room. For fifteen minute intervals, you stay in the room, laying back on a rocking chair, and the room is lit in a themed color (ours was red), the room is scented and they play some reaaaaally strange music. Relaxing, if you like lions roaring and elephants trumpeting at times🙂 Either way, an experience!

On Sunday night we had dinner at the house again just for ease. I made a chicken dish with a mustard sauce using the gourmet Dijon mustard we bought in Burgundy on our recent trip. And of course we had to bring out one of our bottles of Burgundy wine to pair with the meal!

On Monday, Andrew and I went to work while Vince & Sara toured Lausanne and took the ferry across the lake to Evian, France. We greatly benefited from their successful day of discovering the area as we arrived home to a delicious variety of dried meats, cheeses, and sweets that they found while wandering the city. That night, unfortunately Sara felt sick and had to stay home, but Vince, Andrew and I went to dinner at CafĂŠ de Grancy which was excellent as always. In the end, it was another visitor’s trip that was over too fast, but it was fun to have them here to show them around Switzerland and catch up.