When we first arrived to Switzerland we settled in one of the posh villages near the lake and the train track. It was a rich community with pretty villas, lots of expats. And very expensive. We quickly grew out of our small town house and decided to move. Up the Jura mountains, away from the lake and the train. We found our farm house, paying half of what we paid in the posh village for our small apartment. And our new made friends couldn't understand how on earth we could chose to "move so far away" and how could we "move to a place that stinks of cow shit?"
Well, I guess we are all different in what we need, but I certainly prefer the natural smell of cows and views like these on my walks.
I certainly prefer the laid back farmer's mentality in the village where no one is judge by their appearance, come fashion or what type of car you drive. Or being born with a cleft palette like my Luca Bo.
I certainly prefer the small community of French speakers to force me to integrate in the society as we are here to stay.
I certainly prefer hanging around my house instead of popping in and out in shops and cafées and developing needs I didn't have before I saw yet another beautiful ceramic bowl or bag or pair of shoes although I have everything I need.
And I don't mind driving 10 minutes to the lake in summer time to spend a day on the beach.
I don't mind driving 10 minutes to get to the big shopping area where I quickly can purchase everything from construction material to garden tools, flowers and food, toys, gifts and interior design items if I need.
I love it right here, right now. Just look how beautiful life is in the country. Even on a cloudy and rainy day.