And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Mother Nature is playing tricks on us. Normally, the four Swiss seasons run like clockwork. This year, however, summer seemingly shows up, with warm rays of sunshine, but then quickly disappears behind clouds of rain. Sporadically, the weather even turns into hail on a perfectly nice day. Fortunately, we have lots to look forward to--a full summer schedule of art and music festivals, as well as traditional Swiss events. For a practical listing of events, check out our newly re-designed "What's On" section, starting on page 33. Not forgetting Switzerland's biggest holiday, Swiss National Day on August 1st. For beautiful panoramic views of spectacular landscapes throughout Switzerland, turn to page 23 for the Photo Gallery.
The pragmatic approach to take about the weather is that we must accept that we cannot do anything about it. I recently picked up "Swiss Watching" by Diccon Bewes. The author is an Englishman with a keen eye for his host country's diverse culture and what makes Swiss people tick. He points out that small talk is not really a Swiss tradition. Weather especially is not a conversation starter. He suggests that a typical Swiss simply accepts the weather and might get a short succinct answer: "yes, it's hot, it's summertime." Or this year, "yes, the weather is off kilter. It feels like the autumn." For books recommendations for your summer holidays, turn to page 48.
In the cover story, we feature Sara Collins from the Andermatt Swiss Alps...