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A Saturday Walk During A Pandemic

A Saturday Walk During A Pandemic

Last week it was comfortable and warm so it was tempting to go cycling. This week it has gone back to being cold. Yesterday it was cold and windy and today was cold but sunny. I went for my usual walk but rather than listen to a podcast I watched TikTok videos as I walked at full speed. I am so used to the paths that I do not always need to pay attention. The paths are dry. It hasn’t…

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The Slowness of Public Transport

The Slowness of Public Transport

Today someone something to the effect “If I go from here to there it will take me two and a half hours so it would require a car.” That’s what I have been saying for years. That’s one of the reasons for which having a sporty life, during the pandemic, is not possible, or at least requires a much bigger commitment. Summer sporting activities are vulnerable because in times of pandemics car sharing is no longer possible, and is no…

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Hiking in Switzerland

Hiking in Switzerland

In 2019 Swiss people spent 162 million hours walking and hiking in Switzerland. Hiking generates 2.5 billion CHF per year and there are 50,000 signs to help people find their way. In Switzerland people hike 20 times per year. I go for a two to three hour walk/hike every single day and as a result I have walked almost 2 million steps since March. The Canton de Vaud has 3736 kilometres of hiking trails of which 1538 have hard surfaces….

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A Fourteen Kilometre walk and I Crossed Paths With Just Two Other People.

A Fourteen Kilometre walk and I Crossed Paths With Just Two Other People.

Today I went for a fourteen Kilometre walk and I crossed paths with just two other people. It was a couple of runners and we crossed paths at just the right place as I could slip into a clearing, wait for them to pass and then continue on my way. I think this is the quietest walk I’ve been on in a while. During the walk I saw that some fields had been harvested, that new barriers were being put…

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Day 48 Of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – Calves And Their Mothers

Day 48 Of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – Calves And Their Mothers

During today’s walk I saw calves and their mothers. Their mothers were mooing me away but I was taking video so I didn’t move until one after another started to approach me. By then I had the footage I wanted to have. I had a strong fence fixed with wooden posts and a bush between myself and the cows so I calculated that the risk was low enough not to bolt. @richardazia ##rain ##forestwalk ##hiking ? I Would Walk 500…

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Day 47 Of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – A Walk In The Rain

Day 47 Of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – A Walk In The Rain

Yesterday I went for a walk in the rain. I walked for two hours, took pictures and listened to Echo Der Zeit and this episode of the Thru-Hiking podcast. Gretel Scarlet was the interviewee. She talked about South Bound (SOBO) hiking the PCT. It’s interesting to see how different her attitude was to most people’s, how being a dancer, and someone who considers nutrition, speaks differently of food and injuries. Thanks to the rain most people stayed indoors. This was…

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Day 41 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – Reverse Journey

Day 41 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – Reverse Journey

Today I ran and then walked a reverse journey of what I did yesterday. I wanted to take a picture of the corkscrew tree. It would have required for me to wait for two slow walkers and their dog to pass and because they insisted on walking two abreast it made more sense to turn around and take an alternate route. Although my attitude may seem extreme there has been an increase in the number of cases. At least three…

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Day 40 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – Local Adventures

Day 40 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – Local Adventures

For this 40th blog post on the topic of self-isolation, I’d like to speak about local adventures. I feel the need to do this because I see people posting about their trips to someone two to three hours from live and work during a pandemic and I strongly believe that getting into a car to have an adventure far from home at this time is short-sighted and selfish. Between running, cycling and hiking I have got to know more and…

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