We’ve been talking about going canyoning for the past month and we finally went this past weekend, through Outdoor Interlaken. It absolutely exceeded expectations.

Initially getting into the water felt like slipping on a robe of freezing water. The sensation of cold persisted through the entire experience and didn’t subside until the gloriously hot, post-canyoning shower. But it was easy to forget the cold as we slid down and jumped off rocks into deep pools of crisp water. We also climbed rocks and swam a bit. The scenery was phenomenal–the sunlit trees gave an ethereal glow, offsetting the shade within the canyon. When you’re canyoning, you realize that all of mother nature is just a giant playground. Funfortunately, we weren’t able to bring cameras thus I don’t have any pictures to share. That just means YOU need to go canyoning.

Interlaken, viewed from Harder Kulm

Overall, the experience wasn’t scary, not even the 9 m jump! There was only one frightening bit where we jumped off a cliff that jutted out at an angle. Mid-air, I thought, “Oh no, I didn’t jump out far enough and I’m going to hit the rock wall.” But most everyone else had the same panic-inducing mid-air revelation thus I think it must’ve been an illusion or miscalculation of our own placement in space with respect to the rock.

After canyoning, we sat at an outdoor cafe, and I enjoyed a cappuccino while listening to live piano music. There’s something so beautiful about outdoor cafes that I don’t know how to describe. It has something to do with the feeling of the stillness of time. But it’s not quite that either.

Cafe and cappuccino. Clearly, life is tough.

I took a train to Fribourg to attend Amélie’s chorale concert. They performed Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem. But my favorite part of the concert was the encore, when the director invited the audience to participate in a song. It must be a popular Swiss song as everyone around me began to sing along with the choir. The choir filled the concert hall with rich textures and sounds that simply can’t be captured on a recording. In the concert hall, you could feel the warm stillness of the audience as we waited, anticipated, and shared the collective experience of succumbing individualities to the oneness of the luxurious harmonies of the choir.

And with that, I leave you with a line from the encore song,

“Je veux vivre près de vous.”

Edit (10/20/14): I found out the name of the encore song. It is called Soir d’octobre and it was composed by the conductor of the chorale, André Ducret. A recording can be found here!


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