Smallest Wins, Greatest Joys

The lesser number of words used to describe Zermatt, the better; because words will only fail to do justice. And, I don’t think it is just Zermatt, Switzerland as a country has been blessed with such great natural beauty – be it its hills and mountains, or lakes and valleys, or the pretty cows and sheep (with those bells around their neck!) – that for most part, one is left gaping at the sights all around! The excitement escapes words in your brain, and everything becomes photo-worthy.

Our trip was no different. Braced with our cameras and smartphones on full battery, we tried to immerse ourselves in Zermatt’s picturesqueness and Matterhorn’s grandeur.

Among all the moments of photo-clicking and couple-posing against the grand backgrounds, there were two that crowned as my personal highlights of this trip. One, was a 6.5km hike (600m descent) from Gornergrat (a viewpoint for Matterhorn) which I managed to complete as planned, without any hiccups. (My knee injury prevents me from taking on outdoorsy activities sometimes). The hike was my personal response to a previously unfinished one in Spain last year, and it felt unbelievably satisfying to reach the finishing line with this one. Second, was bringing out my post-it self alive and putting her (myself?) out there in the(/this) world. Hands freezing, teeth cluttering and yet emoting her on those post-its could not have felt more gratifying.

It is in these personal wins, however small, that the real joys of life lie. Those moments of boundless self love and gratefulness to our body & mind are often what prepare us to face the world on our own terms, as much as they allow us to stay in touch and respect the world that resides within us. A delicate balance, that is as fleeting as the realisation itself.

Having tried to pocket these thoughts, we spent the remaining time in Zermatt binge eating delicious pastas, drinking copious amounts of coffee and looking up at Matterhorn from wherever possible!

The gorgeous hiking trail:

The152Girl’s excitement in Zermatt:

PHOTO: #ThrowbackThursday To Grindelwald 

In the middle of a fine work day, I caught myself amidst avid travellers and popular tweeters talking about their travel styles and likes. It is as good as daydreaming, if not better!

It was the weekly-Wednesday tweet chat hosted by Stuti and Megha with hashtag #MeAndMySuitcase. And it is one of their questions that led me to this post. The question was, ‘what moment changed me from being a tourist to being a traveller?’. And,  without a doubt in my mind, it had to be the serene and picturesque valleys of Grindelwald!

The morning walk by the stream, breakfast in the warm sun, to spending the day walking up and down the hills all around, to sipping on coffee listening to the faint music of the cowbells in the evenings while chatting with the hostel in-charge. These were only some of the things that I did during my stay there! It was uplifting to be in the lap of nature, it soothed my soul.

And, this week’s #throwbackthursday post is to the beauty & wonder that lies in Grindelwald!

Plan a visit if you haven’t yet! I insist that you do.

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And, if you have been to this beautiful valley in Switzerland, tell me about it! I’d love to hear your stories.

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