RECAP – Scuol, Switzerland – Where We Have Been Living For The Last 5 Months.

The last 5 months we have been hiding in a tiny village called Scuol in the middle of the Swiss alps, surrounded by forest and high mountains.

We made our decision to come here, just like we normally do – by a photo we saw online. You know one of those photos where you go ”WOW, let’s pack our bags NOW”. And guess what, the photo wasn’t photoshopped, it really looks like this:

When we arrived in Scuol, we didn’t know how long we would manage to survive here. With no job waiting for us, no knowledge of the language (German) whatsoever, and only 800 euro in our pockets, it might have looked like a really stupid idea to come and live in one of the most expensive countries in the world.

Well, I guess now that I think about it afterwords, it probably was… :p

But we figured that since everything always works out for the better, that what ever happens was meant to happen, and the fact that we’re still here 5 months later says it all.

It’s funny, the places we’ve enjoyed the most in our travels are the ones we barely even knew anything about before we arrived there.

A year ago we had never heard about this place, and a few months later we ended up living there.

It’s an amazing place, one of those places where you can easily get stuck and not realize it until 10 years later, that you forgot to leave. In fact, that’s what has happened to many people here.

Many of them are born and raised here and have barely ever been outside the country, but everyone else (which is many) moved here – years ago.

The people we have gotten to know were SO surprised when we told them we were leaving. It was like the only reason you’d possibly leave was because you for some reason HAD to, not because you wanted to.

And they all thought ‘leaving’, meant coming back next winter or in summer.

During our time here Nathan worked as a ski instructor. I, who had barely ever skied before, have become a pretty damn good skier if you’ll allow me to brag a little ;)

We’ve skied probably as many miles as we would normally have walked in Gothenburg altogether in 3 months, and we’ve walked as many miles as we would probably have driven in a year (not that I’m much of a driver, but you get the deal).

I guess we make up for all the Swiss chocolate we’ve been munching on every day..!

It’s the only area left in the whole world where people still speak the pretty much extinct language ‘Romanch’ – the strangest language I’ve ever heard.

I’m going to miss it, and I’m going to miss all the people I’ve gotten to know. I’m so glad I’ve had the chance to see this place from a close angle.

It is so much more than I ever thought Switzerland could be, it has a charm, a personality, that is very special and the people are so generous and helpful, without their help it would have been much harder finding work and for a lot harder for us to have been able to experience such an amazing time.

– Sofia

5 Responses to RECAP – Scuol, Switzerland – Where We Have Been Living For The Last 5 Months.

  1. Ricca March 23, 2010 at 12:13 am #

    This is a really great article, I've never heard of Scuol as well. But it seems so lovely just by looking at the picture.

  2. Nathan - As We Travel May 14, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

    Hey Matt (got ya email & will reply later) Yeah Queenstown is an amazing place – I was actually born there and am from NZ :) Sofia is from Sweden so I have been living in Europe for a while now…

    Yeah I was working as a Ski Instructor in Switzerland for the winter, great job in a great place! Many of the alps in Switzerland remind me of the south island of New Zealand but just on a BIGGER scale. looks like you are enjoying NZ – where are you off to next?

  3. Nathan - As We Travel May 14, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    haha awesome, yeah there is some great skiing down there – my parents used to work @ Coronet Peak teaching skiing for many years – Sofia just learnt how to ski this winter so we are planning to maybe go back to NZ and ski next winter, meet the family again etc ;)

  4. Matt May 14, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

    Sounds amazing. I'm in Queenstown at the moment, and I feel it is definitely one of those towns you can get a job in, a place to live, and realize 10 years later you've never left! Were you two working at a ski field?

  5. Matt May 14, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    Really? Ironic! Yah, I'm in Queenstown at the moment and hoping to stay here for the winter season. I've heard great things … and I'm excited to experience it for myself.