Surprisingly, we got to take a little break from the pure clinical fasting experience to enjoy a little bit of the area.
Every day here at Buchinger-Wilhelmi, there are guided walks from 6am-8am. This morning we couldn’t join because I had my first laboratory appointment at 7:40am. Instead, my wife and I went for a little walk in the morning along the Bodensee coastline into Ûberlingen. The town is only about a 15 minute walk form our clinic. We look forward to exploring it more when we have more time!
Every Thursday, there is an optional excursion to sights around the area, so we happened to catch one on our first full day here! This week, the excursion was across the border to Switzerland to see the Rhine Falls and the town of Schaffhausen.
The Rhine Falls is billed as the largest waterfall in Switzerland and all of Europe, at 150 meters wide! I was very impressed at how close visitors can get to the falls!
Rhine Falls, Switzerland
Schaffhausen was also very cool, with roots in the Middle Ages!
Note that in the Middle Ages, there were no street addresses, so the buildings all had names! Below, one building was called “To the green mountain” and another was called “to the doe.” Of course, today, these buildings have addresses!
This clock in the Fronwagplatz is over 500 years old, and it served many functions. Note that it just doesn’t tell the time but also the zodiac and even the phases of the moon. (Right now, we’re nearly at a full moon.)
Probably the biggest difference we saw there was how sparse Protestant churches were compared to Catholic churches. Here’s a photo inside Münster Schaffhausen. Note that the lack of decor compared to the sights in Italy and Spain!
We hope to be able to do some more sightseeing as we continue to fast!