Capanna Soveltra & Piatto Forte

I had the chance to work for a week in the most wonderful Capanna Soveltra and was lucky enough to be there for the first edition of a series of Piatto Forte of the Radiotelevisione Svizzera Italiana. The transmission will take place on September 11 at 5pm, repetition on September 12th at 11am >> Piatto Forte – Capanna Soveltra

Enjoy it!

In the meantime I also had the chance to watch the transmission and I think that Andrea and Silvana have done a really great job, I’ve also looked at the other capanna’s, isn’t it a wonderful project!?

A little bit of poetry

Sometimes I was a bit inspired out there 😉 Find some poems in its original language (I sometimes feel and think in different languages…)

1. About Nature

“It is all there, we only have to appreciate it.”

Ever taken the time to observe nature? Looked at a flower, a bee or butterfly very thoroughly? I mean really looked at it as it was something totally new to you? Isn’t it a little wonder? It is there for us to be discovered.

2. Hommage an das Wasser

Wie Adern fliesst das Wasser

über die Berghänge runter

um sich mit anderen Bächen zu einen

oder ein Seelein zu bilden

Adern des Lebens

Adern der Schöpfung

Adern der Berggötter

Wasser ist Leben.

3. El presente

Estoy en la tierra o

ya en el cielo…?!

A veces hay momentos, segundos de momentos, instantes,

donde todo se funde y queda el presente,

la magia del presente.

The lost billy goat

What is so beautiful about travelling or being on the road are definitely “Begegnungen”. Encounters. Meeting people. Experiencing nature. Crossing path with animals. Sometimes finding yourself. During the 28-hiking-days-experience I was cherished with wonderful encounters. And this time, animals definitely left an impression on me.

The lost billy goatThere was the goat. I heard it crying in the bush, I could feel it wasn’t the usual tone, no, it was as it were very sad and shouting for help. So I started talking to it and it came over to me and followed my path. We were hiking together for more than an hour. Sometimes I wanted to send it back but it wouldn’t leave me, even when crossing streets, it was just very close, close on my heels. And the billy goat seemed comfortable, to the people in cars passing by it must have been a funny picture, they smiled at us. So only when we arrived to the next village it turned out that the goat had been lost and the owner was looking for it. So happy ending, the goat could be returned to the owner 🙂

A herd of cows and sheep made me reflect on leadership…after my friendly “good morning”, the herd followed me uphill…I have to admit, for moments I felt good and for others I was scared…were they following me in a good mood or were they angry at me? How to know? And for how long will they follow me? Did they take me as their leader to the next level of the Alp? Or did they simply feel disturbed and wanted to protect their young calf…I was running uphill…just in case…finally climbing on a big rock – since no cow would make it up there – just to breath a little and see what happens and what mood they bring along…luckily, they came in peace and were happy on this next higher level up hill where they found stables too…uff…I think was not yet prepared for this kind of leadership 😉

After almost three weeks in the mountains and nature, I spent some moments in a small city. I felt like an alien…impressed it went so quickly…I was no longer a big city girl…but then the next day only, I went to a natural reserve again…and at some point, a snake crossed my path…I took a big jump back…my heart was beating fast…o dear, it was one of those poisonous snakes, the few ones we have in Switzerland…I was scared…it was the moment when I realized that I also wasn’t the female edition of Indiana Jones… 😉

I also met wonderful and inspiring people along the way. In the Capanna Barone shared the food and interesting conversations with two other guests, both dedicated to humanitarian work. In Capanna Soveltra, I was received with a good glass of wine and was invited for the polenta and to share a lovely sunday afternoon with music. The president with the guitar, the pilot with the harmonica and voices of who ever wanted to sing – it was wonderful! It was so wonderful that I did return to the hut at a later stage…I’ll tell you more about the hut in a next blog post. Capanna Soveltra

People can be so open, I was touched when they shared with me very personal stories and insights about their lives. Sometimes about how they overcame difficulties, what it changed in their lives and what really matters to them today. Sometimes just about how they approach things or value them – so it allowed me to take new perspectives on things as well. Overall, I was also very well received in all places and wherever I spent the night – that makes a real difference and I do really appreciate it. Thank you!!!

28 days hiking experience

My new journey started with a long-distance-hiking-experience in the Swiss Alps – a latent dream, awaking, to make a reality.

Until the very day to the start, I was convinced that I would do the existing route called Via Alpina from Vaduz to Montreux. However, sometimes you have to be flexible and spontaneous and change the plans last minute due to external factors. Especially in the mountains, I will have to adapt to nature, not the other way round 😉 So very poor weather conditions in combination with still snowcapped passes urged me to look for an alternative starting point.

I started in Switzerland’s so-called “Sonnenstube”, the Ticino and yes, from the first 10 days, there was only one rainy day (which in fact I very much enjoyed during an easy hike through chestnut forests, along a riverside). Every day’s march was created under my feet and brought me from the Ticino, to the Valais and finally to the Bernese Oberland.

Here a very short and more fact-based summary of the fantastic, unique experience full of most wonderful moments, joy, happiness, learnings, insights and encounters. I’ll share some stories and insights over the coming days. Check out the picture gallery >> images!  and the below summary in numbers:

  • 1 woman, 1 dream
  • 3 cantons, 3 languages
  • 5 natural protection areas/parks
  • 7 different types of accommodation (mountain hut, bnb, hotels/gasthof, villa, youth hostel, camping van, senn hut)
  • 8 days made use of a means of transport (postauto/bus, train, cablecar)
  • 20+ animals (wild and some domestic)
  • 28 days of experience (24 hiking days, 4 relaxing days)
  • 42 flowers identified
  • 111 hiking hours
  • 245 kilometers
  • 3661m highest peak during hike (Blüemlisalphorn)
  • 20’004 metres of altitude (11436 metres up, 8568 metres down)


Welcome to my blog ViaFranziska!

I’ve made some of you wait quite a bit for this blog to go live but now it’s ready to be discovered and read – so here we go! I am happy to share impressions, insights, thoughts, moments, stories about inspiring people and images with you from my new journey.

It is two months since my last working day at a multinational corporation and I have had a great time so far pursuing some of my dreams and dedicating time to things I love to do. I am very grateful for the opportunity to explore and discover – it is very enriching to meeting people, cultures and spending time in nature and at the same time learning more about life, human beings and finally, about myself.

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With love,