In Search of Trift

A weekend adventure begins with friends, plans formulated from scraps of information of an epic location, and the desire to find it.  A quest we shared; an exhaustive Alpine hike to the Trifthütte.  Having seen glaciers, rock falls, traversed landscapes and hanging bridges, we came home with great memories and some great photos to preserve the experience.  For more photos and a full description of the hike, visit our earlier post here.


This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest

Weekend Trek – Pilatus

We are fortunate this weekend to have a positive weather prognosis, so the best thing to do is get out there. If you are a UBS cardholder, for just 10 francs, you can climb to the top of 35 peaks in Switzerland by simply showing your card at the time of ticket purchase. Be sure to check out UBS’ website before heading out, however, as some destinations require ticket purchase in advance. What a deal!

2016-08-27-pilat_094jpg A few weekends ago, we decided to take advantage of this awesome deal, purchased our tickets online and made our way for the first time ever up to Pilatus. We enjoyed short lines and the scenic ride up on the “world’s steepest cog railway.”

2016-08-27-pilat_226_Once at the top we decided to climb several of the peaks for move commanding views of the lake and the spectacular mountains. There is something about seeing the layering of the mountains that captivates me every time – it is one of my absolute favorite aspects of Switzerland!  We also ventured through the Dragon’s Tunnel, enjoying stories and tales about the dragons that once inhabited Pilatus. After indulging in a self-brought picnic lunch, we made our way down the back of the mountain via gondola, being sure to stop at the awesome playground PILU-Land.

2016-08-27-pilat_092Though Pilatus is quite touristy, we enjoyed our visit immensely, especially since the day was clear and the views were remarkable.

2016-08-27-pilat_165 Tips:

Save some cash and pack your lunch – it just tastes better when you don’t have to spend loads of cash on grub!

2016-08-27-pilat_235jpgIf you are going on the UBS offer to Pilatus, purchase your CHF 10 tickets in advance.

2016-08-27-pilat_207Hit the playground on the downside to get out that last bit of energy before you sit on the train for a couple of hours.


2016-08-27-pilat_152Pack an extra layer of warmth in the event it is cold on top!

Here’s to a great weekend!



More 2 Explore is now giving talks. Yes, you read that right; we are now going “on the road” and talking about our experience of moving from America to Basel. We answer the big questions, such as, how did we do it? Why did we take the plunge? Why do we stay? When will it be time to go home? How can you too enjoy a life in a foreign country?


We also talk about the daily life of an expat and what it means to live, work, travel and raise a family in Switzerland.  If you are considering moving to Basel, but don’t know where to start, we might just be able to help.  After living in Basel for the past nine years, we have experienced our share of life in a foreign country and we are happy to help you make a smooth transition.  We are happy to meet with individuals or small groups to answer your most pressing questions, show you around the city and provide you with valuable resources that will make your integration all the easier.


Why, are we doing this now?

We want to share our experiences with others and help individuals make the most of their new life, in their new city.  We truly enjoy meeting new people, sharing our experiences (positive and negative) with those considering taking the leap and moving to a foreign country.

And finally, because….

“Once in awhile it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in a way they have been told to.” Alan Keightley

By moving to a foreign country, individuals are stepping out of the norm in order to embrace, experience and live a new, exciting life.  By no means is this a conventional existence, but one that is rich with experiences that is guaranteed to leave your life in an altered state.



Honest. Thought provoking. Genuine.


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Each talk or meeting is crafted to your specific needs, so let us know what you are looking for and together we will build the perfect meeting/seminar/experience.

For more information, please contact us.

Contact: Melinda or Robert


Comment:  Or simply post a comment on this page and we will be in touch.

On the Edge of Gemmipass

High above Leukerbad, Switzerland at 2,314m, sits the hotel Wildstrubel twice connected to the town by cable car and a daunting cliff trail.  The trail climbs, at its steepest, approximately 700m in less than 3km.  The views are spectacular, and for those seeking a more breathtaking view, there is a Via Ferrata (roped traverse) along the cliff face.


This is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge