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Detailed Overview of Switzerland:   Switzerland in Numbers                                                                                                                                                                                Detailed Overview of the U.S.:   The USA in Numbers
 

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The Pictures Say It All

Image by Blick, Switzerland

Image by Blick, Switzerland

Image by Blick, Switzerland

Image by Blick, Switzerland

Switzerland is certainly beautiful country but it is also very small and it has to share its beauty with a lot of people on little space. The U.S. on the other side is beautiful country too but there is more space and less people for the amount of space available. To give you a comparison,   Switzerland has a surface of 41’290 sq km, Lake Michigan 57’800 sq km and Lake Superior even 82’100 sq km. There goes my saying you can drown Switzerland in Lake Superior, wrong you can do that twice.

No wonder do we see America as the outdoor country par excellence. We haven’t met a lot of people here who haven’t camped at least in the past, be it with relatives or grandparents. Hunting is a respectable sport and practiced by millions avid outdoors men and women. Dads are encouraged to take their sons and daughters in the woods. The DNR’s of a lot of states have multiple programs to facilitate kids and the outdoors and support parents. Natural resources are important and huge amounts of land, water and forest are set aside to be preserved for the next generations. But they are protected in way that the people are encouraged to use and enjoy them.

Since 1988 our family always camped, we made vacations with rented campers, like the 9 weeks in New Zealand,

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Sylvia sits on the steering wheel, as you drive on the left side in NZ

I was more under that da..Grrrr..!!??!!  thing so that the boss could drive

I was more under that da..Grrrr..!!??!! thing so that the boss could drive

We probably had to change on both campers 4 or 5 times tires, depending on where you are, not so funny

Somewhere in the brush, good that we had enough food

5 weeks along the Alaska Highway from Vancouver to Whitehorse

And boy oh boy were this rainbow trout big...
And boy oh boy were this rainbow trout big…
And did I lie?
And did I lie?
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a nice RV

and here we are in the north of Scandinavia

Arctic Grayling a delicacy

Arctic Grayling a delicacy

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or visited Eastern Germany right after the Wall came down,

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but we also owned the Bongobil and later a Travel Trailer already in Switzerland.

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....isn't he cute, not anymore he has beard and is in MMA

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... hanging out though is still more important today than his AP Bio class......

This is the same guy as on the picture before, only 13 years later

This is the same guy as on the picture before, only 13 years later, no beard yet

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Jamaica in November was fun!

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Since then we’ve done all our vacations, except Jamaica and Switzerland (no chance to get there by car) with the trailer.

We’ve been north as far as Canada, south to North Carolina, west to Yellowstone NP and east to the Adirondacks in upstate New York. We also used it for longer weekend getaways like on Memorial and Labor Day. Right now it is parked on our property in Wisconsin and we will use it there to accommodate our hunting friends in November.

In the next couple of weeks and month we will begin to publish excerpts from our travel log Sylvia meticulously maintained during all our travels.

This will give enough evidence about our life in the U.S. and why our family is so happy here.

Thomas

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