“Not all that glitters is gold. Not everyone who wanders is lost.”
There’s no denying it, the Swiss are pretty serious about their hiking. Nowhere else have Nordic walking sticks been used so openly, so freely…and at the age of 33 and with 7 years of fish oil and glucosamine already ingested, who am I to mock? No! As I stumbled down rocky slopes with my delicate knees and crutch-like companions, I now know the true value of the walking sticks they call ‘Nordic’.
Yes the Swiss love a good hike – and who wouldn’t with these babies in your back yard.
But the word for hike in German is ‘wandern’, which isn’t what’s going on at all in fact. A ‘Wandern’ is purposeful, with bright yellow signs, estimated hours, topographical maps, ham sandwiches packed, train timetables involved and buses to get back for.
Some reasons you might go for a wander are as follows :
1. To stop for coffee
2.To stop for coffee and gipfellis.
5. And to see the view from up top