Aug 11, 2018 - 11:04 PM
Hopefully not too far off topic; but Switzerland is definitely my favourite tourist destination. And I've done a lot of travelling in different parts of the world.
Australians are generally keen travellers. At home, the distances are great so we're used to long journeys. When travelling to Europe, for instance, other tourists often comment on "how hard" the long (rarely less than 24 hours with connections) must be.
That's the price of living where we do!
It's probably fair to say there isn't a big Swiss community in Australia. But, no doubt, Australians are well represented among the inbound tourists to Switzerland.
In my case, as a transport enthusiast since childhood, Switzerland has everything to satisfy my "on topic" interests and of course the scenery and environment adds to all that. My female travelling companion enjoys what I plan for her. She's never disappointed!
The railway enthusiast community in Australia is very much male dominated. Like most other Australians, railway (and other transport) enthusiasts are seasoned travellers and Switzerland is high on the agenda of most. I uses the term "on topic" above because many railway enthusiast only like to talk about trains. The local term for a railway enthusiast is "gunzel". It was originally something of a put down (dismissing enthusiasts as eccentrics) but over the years has evolved into a term of endearment.
I trust my digression hasn't broken any forum rules but it was prompted by some interesting comments above about the "presence" of Aussies on here.