31 Days – Day 2 – View
What is your view of your vacation destinations? When I think of Switzerland, I see images like those in “The Sound of Music”. I think of a majestic mountain views and cows with bells around their necks. This summer I saw just that and more while traveling through the Swiss Alps with our Globus Tour.
The information from our tour guide gave me a view of the Swiss in which I wasn’t familiar. They appear to be seen as a very protected country—protective of their land, their people and their security. I think I’ll run to Switzerland if the security of the US should every be in question. Every Swiss male is required to serve time in the military after high school and also are required to serve two weeks a year in what is much like our Reserves. There is a gun for national protection in every household. They are a very loyal people when it comes to security and protection and it is for this reason that they are among the only ones to be guards of the Vatican.
The day we were traveling through Switzerland, the temperatures began in the 60s and quickly fell to the 50s as we arrived in Zermatt and again fell to the 30s as we neared the top of Gornergrat by cog railway. It was a foggy day so we didn’t get a good view of the Matterhorn, but it was all beautiful none-the-less. We enjoyed hot chocolate and shopped for some Swiss made gear—who doesn’t like a Swiss knife?
Upon my arrival in Switzerland, I imagined souvenirs like dolls in plaid dresses and chocolate, and I came away from there with a view of a protected fortress and some of the best craftsmen in the world. This is a place I hope to return to one day.