Zurich, Switzerland

Teacher & Traveler

Having recently moved from Australia to Switzerland, Rosie Bean has traded one of the world’s most beautiful natural environments for another. We talked with the now Zurich local about moving from the heat and beaches of Australia to the snow and summits of Switzerland – and where she heads to when looking to get out of the city.

So, originally from Melbourne, Australia you now live here in Zurich – what made you leave the “land down under”.

For me, growing up amongst the flora and fauna of Australia, I have always loved being close to nature. The land’s beautiful everywhere you go in Australia, so when I was looking to move for a bit of a change, I wanted somewhere that offers a different kind of natural beauty.

So that’s why you chose Switzerland?

Yes. I loved the idea of the mountains. Hiking through the forests up to the summits and feeling that sense of accomplishment reaching the top.

Even though I knew I would be living in the city, I wanted to easily be able to head out of town yetstill to be close to nature - so Switzerland was the natural choice.

With that in mind, how often do you head “out of town” in Switzerland?

Almost every weekend! There’s a lot to see!

And where have you been?

The first place I went was Chamonix and it was everything I hoped it would be. The snowcapped ridges and trails were a huge highlight (coming from Australia, they were quite a sight to behold) and every step I took, the landscape seemed to just get better and better. Now living in Zurich, the Uetilberg is of course my usual go-to trail, but I still have a long list of places to visit soon.

Back in Australia, what outdoor activities did you tend to do?

We had a lot of animals – including 5 miniature horses – so would spend a lot of time out in the garden. Australia is a lot flatter (obviously) so there weren’t so many mountains to explore, which is why I’m making sure I head to them now I’m here, whenever I can.

And are you a hiker, a runner, a mountaineer – how would you describe yourself?

(laughing) None of those things! No, I enjoy them all but wouldn’t count myself as any of them – just someone who loves to explore and escape to somewhere beautiful.

So why have you chosen the Cloudventure?

As the thinking and idea of the Cloudventure happened right here in Switzerland, I thought it would be the perfect trail shoe to explore the Swiss wilderness with. Once I put them on and took them to the forest, it became clear that I had made a great choice. And yes, before you ask, I will be wearing them the next time I head to Australia too!

Where will you be taking them next?

This weekend I’m actually heading to Grindelwald and the base of the Eiger – I don’t think I’m quite ready to tackle the summit though, but the area has been high on my list to explore right from the beginning.

And any tips for people wanting to follow in your footsteps moving from one side of the world to the other?

If you spend your time just wondering, you’ll never do it. Set a date - pack a bag – and go find your adventure!
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