Love/hate affair with Autumn

Autumn is not my favourite season. I always have a hard time to accept the fact that summer is over. Every day gets shorter and darker. The weather is just the worst: cold, with a lot of rain and fog. It takes ages to get dressed in all the layers of clothing needed to go outside. Sometimes, I would just want to go hibernate until spring.

Golden autumn foliage in Zermatt, Switzerland

But autumn is not all that awful. Autumn festivals, pumpkins, apple pies, and roasted chestnuts makes this season bearable. Colourful sunsets are gorgeous and changing of the leaves create beautiful scenery. Yes, I have to admit, autumn is the most colourful time of the year and as such can be truly glorious.

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Räbechilbi aka Turnip Festival in Richterswil

Three years ago in November, I attended Räbechilbi, a traditional fall festival in Richterswil, a lovely village on the banks of Lake Zürich.

The festival can be traced back to the early 1920s and is held every second Saturday evening in November. The inhabitants of the village decorate the facades of their houses with turnip lanterns and there is also a parade of different constructions illuminated by hundreds of hollowed turnips.  Continue reading