Yesterday morning I crossed the border into Switzerland and got a border stamp in my Pilgrim Passport.
Within a few metres of crossing the border they explain all of the Camino signs you can expect to meet on the way through Switzerland. I was impressed.
Only 2,325 km to Santiago and another 90km additional to Finisterre.
The signage has been excellent. It’s a nice touch that they let you know how far your next destination is by estimated time to arrival.
When you first enter Switzerland the Camino follows the “Schwabenweg” route.
The metal base on my bamboo walking stick is beginning to wear down.
Switzerland can be terribly expensive. I have quite a tight budget for here and yesterday’s picnic went well over my daily amount. I did though shop in a village store and this morning when I popped into the Migros supermarket I saw that prices were actually quite reasonable. Be warned that it appears shops here in Switzerland close for a siesta in the early afternoon.
You will never go thirsty in Switzerland.
Yesterday was a sunny and hot Spring day.
Proud of their cows in the town of Tobel.
(Swiss) Madonna and child.
In the evening I fancied a coffee break and stopped into the village of Affetrangen where I visited the bar: Fledermuus. I walked out at around 11pm after spending a wonderful evening with the host Sacha. If you are walking this way then you must stop by and if you do then pls give Sacha a big Hi! from me. A completely recommended stop on your journey and you won’t be disappointed. I took lots of photos of our evening but this one was the only one which, when looking through my camera in the morning, I deemed suitable to publish 🙂 Again, a wonderful evening and Thanks So much Sacha and the rest of the crew!
I found a spot to lay my head and drifted into a deep sleep. I was actually sleeping next to a generator, which woke me up frequently during the night until I eventually got back to sleep; only to be woken by the pitter patter of rain and the sound of increasingly strong winds.
After fully waking, I quickly got my things packed and began off on the path. It has been raining NON-STOP all morning and my boots are completely soaked through and waterlogged. My rucksack has also some leaks. As I sit here now in a cafe updating my Pilgrim’s Passport is drying out and I am psyching myself up for the journey ahead in the rain, cold, and wind. On a positive note the countryside is wonderful, it feels great to be back in Switzerland, and the internet is fast here and (it seems) openly available. I am writing this at a cafe and it was easy access and with no pressure to buy a drink: it’s terribly expensive 🙂