Tobi’s family is close-knit. Living within a thirty-radius from his parents, he and his two brothers are often invited for dinner at home. His parents, in their younger years, traveled exhaustively. They traveled overland from Singapore to Turkey.

Despite the occasional paranoia Tobi felt in India over my safety [READ: Five places I could recommend to my fellow women travelers], the India his parents had been to was way more misogynyst. His dad tied a rope from the door knob and tied the other end on something that would cause a a lot of ruckus.

Nowadays, they sometimes go for a weekend hike with their sons. This is one of the many weekends hike Tobias, Martin, and their Mom enjoyed thoroughly. 



Some of my impressions of a cloudy but beautiful sunday hike with the family. The way leads us through the Rätikon, which belongs to the wow Alps, in Vorarlberg/Autsria. As much as I like to travel to other countries, I am always fascinated how beautiful my country is. A weekend hike is a great way to compensate from a busy week of work and business.  Sun is not necessary. But let my pictures do the talking.

Rätikon in Vorarlberg, Autsria

Eyes open if you don’t want to get lost.

Rätikon in Vorarlberg, Autsria

Hilly and easy start, leaving modern civilization behind.

Rätikon in Vorarlberg, Autsria

Sulzfluh ahead of us.

Rätikon in Vorarlberg, Autsria

Wanted! Witch for Witch’s Cottage. 😉

Rätikon in Vorarlberg, Autsria

Watch out for rolling little rocks.

Family Hike in Ratikon
Rocky Mountains.

Rätikon in Vorarlberg, Autsria

View of Öfatobel where we came from.

Rätikon in Vorarlberg, Autsria

We decided that bathing season is over.

Rätikon in Vorarlberg, Autsria

This is called Schweizer Tor. 2 Mountains form a huge gate. Step through it and you are in Switzerland

Family Hike in Ratikon

Quite impressed by this huge rock.

Rätikon in Vorarlberg, Autsria


After lunch on windy and cold 2400m ASL, we were heading down to the end of our trip.

Family Hike in Ratikon

Some years ago a couple of Custom Officers made themselves comfortable in this little house. Not sure how busy they were.

Rätikon in Vorarlberg, Autsria

Close to the end. Lünersee is in sight from where we took a cable car downwards.

November 2, 2016

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Tobi’s family is close-knit. Living within a thirty-radius from his parents, he and his two brothers are often invited for dinner at home. His parents, in their younger years, traveled exhaustively. They traveled overland from Singapore to Turkey. Despite the occasional paranoia Tobi felt in India over my safety [READ: […]
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