This tiny little village in the Italian part of Switzerland has been my tiny little dream ever since I found out that I’ll be moving to Zürich.
It happened like this:
One day, sometime in March of 2016, in the middle of writing my thesis, I took a break and decided to “Pinterest” my future country. At that time, I was “travel Pinteresting” a lot because we were planning a big road trip to the US, and this was my form of research for finding unique, off-the-beaten-path places. It’s also fair to say that at this point, my internal visual image of Switzerland was limited to Geneva, Zürich, and mountains. Maybe even the UN. Stereotypical stuff. So imagine my surprise when Pinterest produces a photo of a medieval church surrounded by rocky hills and standing over turquoise water. This place was apparently called Valle Verzasca and it immediately became my dream.
I can’t even really explain why, because Switzerland is full of stunning places. It will take me years to explore all of its hidden gems. But for some reason, this place connected the dots in my mind that if I move to Zürich, I will be living in a gorgeous country, and in this country, at some point, I will be able to travel to gorgeous places and that will be my new life. I suppose it became symbolic.
So when we planned a southern getaway for my birthday and I realized that we could drive through Lavertezzo, finally, finally! – I felt like my move has come full circle. Or at least a small half circle. It was warm and windy, the water was the most insane colors of clearest blue and green, the drive up there went through high and winding roads, and arriving there I felt like a kid who just got a big present.
A warning in advance – my pictures don’t do it justice. 🙂