In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that Switzerland has four national languages: Swiss German, French, Italian and Romansh. Swiss German speakers make up 63.6% of the population, French speakers make up 20.4%, Italian speakers make up 6.5% and Romansh 0.5%.* In fact, Switzerland’s diversity, particularly it’s diverse languages, is one of the primary ways it differentiates itself from its more homogeneous neighbors.
There were a couple of places where the trail was a bit slick (which is understandable when you see the above photo). I only fell once. Luckily, I have a bit of padding back there. It softened the blow when I went crashing down. I was a bit worried about falling and tumbling down the side of a mountain. The Swiss like to use those hiking poles when they hike (or even walk on a flat trail by the lake in Geneva). I might have to get a pair. I don’t think they’d protect me from the falling rocks though.
I’ve loved cairns ever since we saw tons of them hiking Ben Nevis, but hadn’t seen such a pretty art installation. Right on.