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Happy Swiss National Day

Here’s something you may or may not know about me…

I am proudly South African and proudly Swiss.

Yes. It’s possible.

I was born in South Africa and I have lived here my entire life, but I am of Swiss decent. My dad is South African Swiss. I have family and friends living in Switzerland, A Swiss Passport and I do like to think I am a chocolate connoisseur.

I am proudly Swiss South African – just like Roger Federer and Trevor Noah 😉 All 3 of us have South African moms and Swiss Dads.

Today is Swiss National Day. The day is usually celebrated with bonfires, paper lantern parades, hanging strings of Swiss flags and even fireworks.

The date is inspired from the Federal Charter of 1291 and has been celebrated ever since.

I last visited Switzerland in 2010. I specially went to see my grandmother. She is the last grandparent I have and I truly wish she didn’t live so far away.

It was also my first time to visit in Summer and I have never seen a country more green and beautiful. The alps looked like they had been carpeted in lush green carpet.

Very different to when it’s a winter wonderland and a fairytale. Visiting Switzerland is like stepping into a picture perfect calendar…with a panoramic view.

I can’t explain it. I’ve never lived in Switzerland but whenever I land there, I feel like I’ve arrived at a second home. It’s not quite the same “Home Sweet Home” feeling I have in South Africa, but Swiss blood does pulse through my veins after all.

I love everything Swiss. Swiss chocolate, fondue, edelweiss, the cow bells, cuckoo clocks, wooden chalets, snow capped alps, hikes through the alps, gluhwein, their incredible watches and time pieces and the amazing way that everything is on time by the second. I love the people and even though I come from the Swiss German side, I really love the Swiss French and Swiss Italian sides too.

Over the years we have gone to Switzerland to visit. The first time I was 9, the next time I was 23/24 and then again 3 years ago at 27.

Here are some photo’s from the trips in my twenties.

Happy Swiss National Day!

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