Friday, 18 April 2014

"Sleepless in Switzerland" is sleeping

It's been quiet here lately because I've been experimenting with a few other blog platforms and ideas.

The content of the blog has been moving steadily away from stories about life in Switzerland and towards geocaching and travel in general.  Therefore, I decided to make this the focus of my new blog arrow76.com. Of course, many future posts will feature Switzerland (I live here after all), but the focus will not be "life as an expat in Switzerland".   Rather, geocaching and travel adventures.

I have also become disenchanted with Blogger.  Firstly, because it's owned by Google, which has been known to delete blogs without notice and discontinue services (e.g. Google Reader).  Secondly, I don't particularly like the user interface on the web app or the iPad app.  So, I was looking for platform where I can keep my content safely stored offline, with a simple, intuitive back-office and a minimal look front-of-house.  Enter Postachio

Postachio uses the popular note-taking application Evernote for all the back-office work.  Simply link an Evernote notebook to your blog, create a new note in that notebook using Evernote's desktop app, web app or mobile app, tag the note with "published", synchronise Evernote and your note appears on your blog as a new post!  Blogging can't get much simpler.  All notes are stored on your hard disk as well as Evernote's servers, so if your blog goes down you haven't lost your work.  Up-front Postachio has a good selection of slick themes, with more on the way.  If you know CSS, which I don't, you can personalise these themes.  Of course, Postachio doesn't have as many features as Blogger or Wordpress, but for many bloggers these features are simply a distraction and I personally like Postachio's back-to-basics approach.

I won't be publishing anymore posts on Sleepless in Switzerland.  I have already moved some of the archive over to arrow76 and I will be transferring other relevant posts presently.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading the posts here and will continue to follow me on my new online home arrow76.com!

Sunday, 9 March 2014

First Geocaching Vespa Tour of the Year

Warning: contains geocache spoilers!

We are momentarily blessed with a period of beautiful, early spring weather here in Switzerland i.e. sunshine, cloudless, blue skies and 15°C.  So, this afternoon I couldn't resist taking the Vespa out for the first proper tour since the autumn.  I decided to drive over to the neighbouring canton of Nidwalden to pick-up a few geocaches.  

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Vaduz, Liechtenstein: First Impressions

This morning I set out for an extended weekend visit of two of Switzerland's eastern neighbours: Liechtenstein and Austria. 

After crossing the Rhein from Sargans in eastern Switzerland into Liechtenstein you could be forgiven for thinking that you were still in Switzerland. The road signs and markings are the same, the people are speaking a Swiss-German dialect and paying with Swiss francs, some bus passengers are dressed for Fastnacht and there are castles on the hills and snow on the mountains. All very Swiss-like.

The first two differences I noticed were colourful. The regional buses are a fetching lime green colour instead of the bright yellow of the Swiss Post buses. Secondly, the car number plates are menacingly black with white digits. Many of these number plates are attached to expensive cars. Not surprising considering that Liechtenstein is one of the world's richest countries.

Liechtenstein Museum of Modern Art


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