Greetings From Switzerland and Austria

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The Swiss flag

Greetings from Switzerland! I’m in the land of cheese and chocolate for a six-day getaway.

Two of my friends, who work for two different companies in two completely different industries, were both transferred to Switzerland for work.

So my husband, Phil, and I thought we’d use it as an excuse for a European ski vacation.

We cashed in some airline miles and got ourselves two tickets to Zurich, where we’re staying with friends. It’s going to look like “Cathy” cartoon up in here. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.

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Canada and Team USA face off in the 2010 Olympic men’s gold medal hockey game. (Photo:

Then it’s off to St. Anton in the Austrian Alps, which is known as much for its après ski scene as for its slopes. I see a lot of Winter Olympics viewing in Austrian bars in my future. That is, if Austrians watch TV in bars.

Phil is already excited about being in Austria for the Austria v. Canada men’s hockey game. Yes, Phil is Canadian… and a hockey fan. He packed his Canadian flag to bring to watch the game. Sigh. The hills won’t be alive with the sound of music, but with the sound of Olympic hockey.

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Giving snowshoeing a try in Colorado. (Photo:

Sadly, I don’t ski downhill. With the remnants of a bone tumor in one knee and arthritis in the other, downhill skiing is on the no-go list for me. Seriously, my knees hurt just watching all the Alpine and Moguls Olympic skiing.

But I do cross-country ski and tried my hand, or feet, at snowshoeing for the first time last winter. So I anticipate doing a little bit of each. We’ll see. It will be an adventure.

I’ve got a few posts scheduled for while I’m away so I can take the week off of work.

I’ve never been to either Switzerland or Austria, so I’m looking forward to enjoying Europe’s winter wonderland for the first time.

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye! For a few days at least.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


02 2014

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  1. 1

    Have a wonderful trip! I would prefer cross country skiing over downhill any day. And I’ve always wanted to try snowshoeing. Can’t wait to see some pictures!
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  2. 3

    Have a wonderful trip!! I have never been to Switzerland, but my husband and I went to Austria for our anniversary last year. It was summer when we went though, so the weather was perfect and there was lots of beautiful greenery and amazing hikes! I would love to see it covered in snow – I bet it’s gorgeous!

  3. 5

    So awesome, hope you have a blast! :)

  4. 7

    Enjoy your vacation in Switzerland and Austria! I’m so envious that you get to enjoy the snow in a productive way. We’re stuck and trapped here.
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      :( I’m not going to lie. It’s nice to actually enjoy the snow instead of complaining about it, like I’ve been doing the last month. It’s a lot warmer here too.
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    Have a great time!! I’ve been to parts of Switzerland and Austria and loved my time there. I can imagine with the snow it’s gorgeous. Mmm, defintely enjoy some chocolate for me!
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  6. 11

    I’m sure you’re having a great time over there. Loving watching the Olympics at Sochi – especially as there are so many Aussies involved in winter sports now. And yes, how tough are the skiing events on the knees!
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