For the first time today, the magnitude of where I live hit me: I live on vacation. Well, at least I live in an idyllic vacation land. You see, I don't actually get to BE on vacation, but I get to LIVE in a vacation spot. The reality of it is that I have to actually work (and work a fair bit, the Swiss work week is 42 hours a week)
The amazing thing is, before the prospect of this job came up, I didn't know much (or anything) about Lugano and as it turns out, it's a pretty well kept secret.
Lugano is a town of only 75,000 people. But at this time of year at least, it doesn't feel small. Probably because only about 10% of the land is livable. About 75% of the land is hilly/mountainous and 15% of it water. Driving around here is a challenge. I've gotten lost countless times and getting lost here means finding yourself on top of a mountain or on the edge of a lake. The town next to me is called Paradiso. I get lost in Paradiso constantly. There are worse things than getting lost in paradise.
I can go on about how beautiful it is here, but I'll let the pics speak for themselves.
|This is the view on my commute to work|
|I got lost. Took a wrong turn in Paradiso and this was the view I had.|
|A little village, minutes from where I live.|
|6km from my house. In Valsolda, Italy.|
|Another pretty village with no shortage of overlake patios.|
|It's a dog's life...|