WOW! Once again, my gorgeous wife and I went ‘home’ to visit her parents in Sankt Gallen, Switzerland. I’ve learned a couple of things about caching in Switzerland: Firstly, no matter where you go, you’re always going UPHILL!!! No matter what direction you take, no matter where you go, regardless of how you plan your caching day, you’re always going UPHILL!!!! Secondly, Swiss cachers almost NEVER make even a traditional cache easy to get to, or find. They really seem to like to add puzzle elements into traditional caches. The Swiss cachers, obviously, don’t have access to the ammo cans that are often found here in the U.S. However,
it’s not unusual to come across a German Army mess kit. They’re not bad, but they don’t have the gasket that ammo cans have. Equally ubiquitous are the Tupperware-type containers. Lastly, no matter where I cached, there was always a breathtaking view! If you can travel to only one place in Europe, do yourself the favor and go to Switzerland!!!!
Caching in Europe is so cool because history is always around you! Being a Catholic, I found myself stopping in every church and cathedral I could find. I don’t think one of them were build after 1600!!!! Sankt Gallen, Switzerland, is named after the saint who lived in the area in 612 A.D.!!!!!!
Here’s another cool cache in Switzerland, GCZYYR, a cool multi-cache designed around a bridge that was built in the 1700′s! Again, being in Europe, almost every geocache has a sense of history about it, if you’ll just look around a little!
Something else that makes caching in (non-English-speaking) Europe a little more difficult is translating the geocaching
web pages!!!!! Okay, I’ve tried machine translation through Alta Vista. That works fairly well, but if you’re working (especially) a complicated puzzle cache, this probably won’t work very well. Remember, languages tend to be highly
idiomatic. For example, if I told you I throw everything into my geocaching backpack along with the kitchen sink, you’d understand to mean I put EVERYTHING in my pack. However, automated translation wouldn’t pick up that idiom, and the meaning is lost. My wife and her parents are born and raised Berliners (East Berlin, that is!), and they have difficulty in translating geocaching web pages because they aren’t cachers (though their English is excellent).
Here are some photos of my latest caching spree during the CHRISTmas season in Switzerland!!!!