Road trip to the land of great cheese.
I was instructed, no phone, no camera, no pen, no sketchbook. I assumed no computer, as if she was given the choice, my wife would stick heavy explosives under mine and obliterate it. That is the problem with opposites. One side sees one perspective, the other, the opposite. Neither is wrong, neither is right – but my goodness, there is a whole lot of ways to get two numbers to add up to the number 9.
When you are in a new country and it is 5 times older than your own, and you have the ability to see older items that have been spared the rest of the surrounding areas elements with world wars - the idea NOT to take any creative tools on the journey, will simply annoy the creative mind.
It is the path where male and female wants and desires have to find a common ground amid the two ends of the spectrum. I grew up in the USA, where the political system resembles two sides of the pendulum fighting for what they think is the right way. All i seem to remember is the pendulum going back and forth over time, yet, not a whole lot for the majority of the country seeming to happen.
I have resigned myself that to my wife, i an an idiot in Switzerland. Despite all I have tried, done, failed and succeeded in life - I remember hearing Dave Grohl with the Foo Fighters about how his family humbles him with the normal. To apply his quote to my own life, “I have been around the world, moved shows, blah blah blah – but to my wife, I am basically an idiot who can never seem to do anything exactly the way she imagines it in her mind."
yes, i am trying to work on a solution to telepathy, clairvoyance, and mind reading to help me understand.
I really am sorry, but I don’t have any amazing pictures of the town called Apenzeller. I knew i should have snuck a camera phone in my underwear when we walked into the first church I gasped as three giant Christmas trees were in the amazing space and they had miniature full manger scene…. all this was encircled by some leaded glass with fantastic coloration that I am guessing was 18th century – in a building that was founded a bit after 1,000 ad.
Ever had a wife check your pockets before leaving? weird
The rest of the town was like walking through an amazing space captured in time. I loved that it was winter and most all of the town was locals, so the idea of getting some really interesting photo's would have been 10 times better sans-touristy people.
I digress. The old town was a living history book. I think I have to call the capuchin monks here for more than spiritual guidance – but also historical guidance of what and how the area really was settled. There were several cloisters, and an area where tradition was valued and carried forward into the modern world.
As I was eating a lunch that was ravioli stuffed with the local cheese (yum) I felt like I was back in time in the USA. The swiss people don't really believe the USA was a lot like their country only 40-50 years ago. somehow, the country decided to super-size everything and with it, we diluted the unique cultural and social beliefs of each region on the country.
Another interesting thing about this city, is that voting is done in the public town square. One of the more interesting things about Switzerland, is that it actually is democratic in that your vote counts. Inside the usa, we have the electoral college versus the popular vote. In this City, people will raise their hands at voting issues en mass.
I will have to go back one day, with a camera, and ideally a time where few people are in the town. In the summer, it will be a place where if we are still here, I will hike. The photo you see is taken from a lake in the area of the town. It was a day where we all went hiking, and someone heard of a trail. I was never so happy to see a gondola ride down, nor did I care what it might cost.
This year, I am in better physical shape, so I think going for some of the peaks will be fun.
The irony is that in Colorado, the height of the tallest peak is simply the elevation the lab will be at and I live year round.
That was a few hours of bliss I had. The reality set back in when my wife (Mrs. rulebook) and I (Mr. rules are guides) decided to pretend we were both mules. C'est Lavie.
I have to confess, life here has been a bit odder and more difficult than I anticipated. I try my best to adopt and adapt with Switzerland, yet, on the drawing board is the plans and path for the USA, dependant on my wife’s visa – so it really has been an odd space for me – like being in suspended animation or treading in a type of quicksand that doesn’t allow one to move freely.
Speaking of which, if anyone knows of a substance, gel, pillow, air mattress that can give one a great sense of floating on water or suspended animation – PLEASE CONTAST ME IMMEDIATELY! (Sorry, but I sketched something a few days ago and wonder if there is some substance that can do this?)
If only i could find a way to turn off thinking in my mind, or have a “normal” setting i could dial up….while miracles can and do happen, I don’t know if “normal” and I get along very well? In a sense, i find myself thinking back to when i was a kid sitting in field, looking out into the horizon, thinking, "i wonder what is out there?"