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MAME Coffee Shop in Zurich – A Home away from Home

MAME Coffee Shop in Zurich – A Home away from Home

Sometimes you can spot a speciality coffee shop from a mile away. This was the case with MAME, a humble cafe on Josefstrasse in District 5 in Zurich. Little did I know that I was about to walk into the jewel of the craft coffee industry. The air in Zurich was crips and a light fog…

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By Soninke Combrinck, December 5, 2018
A Snowy Expedition to Engelberg

A Snowy Expedition to Engelberg

The day had finally arrived. I woke up to see the surrounding mountains crowned in snow. Eager to get out and play, I convinced my hosts to go for a hike. In no time at all, we were cosy in the car, on our way to Engelberg. Engelberg is an alpine town nestled in the…

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By Soninke Combrinck, December 2, 2018
Getting a little Wayward and Lost in Städtlerwald

Getting a little Wayward and Lost in Städtlerwald

As the season slows and I settle into a new life here in Switzerland, I am trying to explore as much of my surroundings as possible. Every day I pull on my boots, my coat and my gloves and I venture into the Swiss landscape to explore the place I now call home. One of the most…

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By Soninke Combrinck, November 16, 2018
Exploring Autumn in Switzerland

Exploring Autumn in Switzerland

Autumn has graced the landscape of Switzerland. I descended into a cool morning of fog twisting around red trees and a temperature of about 8°C. Marc collected me from the airport and took me along a languid drive home through the fiery forest. I am going to be in Switzerland for the next three months,…

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By Soninke Combrinck, November 13, 2018
Train Ride from Zurich to Frankfurt

Train Ride from Zurich to Frankfurt

Last night I fell asleep to the therapeutic sound of thunder and rain. It was my last night in Switzerland. It had been magical so far — better than I could have imagined. I’m having a love affair with the European summer, I think to myself. It’s cool this morning. The rain is gone, but…

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By Soninke Combrinck, September 3, 2016
A cycle alongside Zugersee in Switzerland

A cycle alongside Zugersee in Switzerland

The Swiss landscape is something to behold. It is something out of The Sound of Music. Manicured carpets of grass stretch wide along Zugersee (Lake Zug) and trees burst out of the earth in an array of colours, from lime to crimson to jade green. Today, a cycle was on the to-do list. I am…

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By Soninke Combrinck, September 2, 2016
Adventure calls on Mount Pilatus

Adventure calls on Mount Pilatus

Lucerne is a city in central Switzerland. It is a compact city, caught between Lake Lucerne and the towering shape of Mount Pilatus. After a short tour of the city highlights, we headed towards the station to grab a bus to the foot of Mount Pilatus. I ended up having one of my stereotypes about the Swiss ruined…

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By Soninke Combrinck, September 1, 2016
Exploring the Cobble Streets of Lucerne

Exploring the Cobble Streets of Lucerne

Time to explore the central city in Switzerland, Lucerne. Lucerne offers a great city sight-seeing tour with a chance to appreciate historic architecture and intricate design, as well as bustling markets. It is famous for its many bridges spanning across the rivers, most notably, the Kapellbrücke, which dates back to 1333. I woke early the next day. It must…

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By Soninke Combrinck, August 30, 2016
Summer in Switzerland

Summer in Switzerland

I’m to Switzerland for a week this summer, what better holiday could I have asked for? The first thing I noticed when I climbed out of the aeroplane was the heat. I had just left Cape Town behind at 16°C and I landed in 33°C in Zurich. That’s more than double the temperature difference. We…

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By Soninke Combrinck, August 29, 2016
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