Today didn’t really work out to plan for me – well at least so far it hasn’t … And it’s a Sunday so it will probably continue in the same vein.
I awoke earlyish and got my stuff together to go hiking – I had decided to join a free hiking group that meets right on the French / Swiss border and then goes up the mountain that overlooks Geneva, La Saleve. I was looking forward to getting some altitude under my feet and maybe even meeting a few new people. But by the time I drove to the appropriate place there were absolutely no parking spaces whatsoever. I searched and searched but couldn’t find anywhere. To say I was disappointed is an understatement.
So i decided to visit a local market that was in full swing. I like markets, especially foreign ones – they always seem to be more vibrant than their UK counterparts. All the meat, fresh fruit and vegetables made me quite hungry and I was SO tempted to buy some steaks … But no, I had thankfully only taken a few Swiss francs with me so the steaks will have to wait till I obtain some kind of employment.
I came back to my apartment and tried to find some definite guide to hiking routes up the Saleve but I didnt have much luck. It got me thinking back to my hiking mentality while I ws in the uk. Let it be known that I was the type of hiker who attack a route on his own – way out in the deepest darkest corners of the Scottish Highlands. I’m not saying I was an expert – far from it. In fact I took some silly chances with the weather a few times and could quite easily have perished. But now the nearest mountain is the Saleve and it’s no big thing … Sure! I’ve heard that quite a few people die up there … Ummm …. But that’s the same as in Scotland! The Saleve is around the same height as Ben Wyvis – so why am I so hesitant to just storm up it on my own.
Perhaps it’s me just being a little over sensible.
Who knows. Anyway- I will go up it another time very soon – here’s a quick pic I took with my phone …
Not very good I know but I’m awful at taking phone photos.
Anyway so thats about it for this post … there seems to be a distinct lack of wringing of soul and gnashing of teeth in this one. I cant really explain why though – I suppose if you were to ask me how I feel I would just say Im ok.