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On a recent trip, I embarrassed my travel companion after I flagged down a flight attendant.

“You know, I produced some of your in-flight entertainment,” I told her, and pointed to my screen. She managed to look interested — even impressed — but in truth she was probably more concerned about making sure everybody got their dinner on time!

The entertainment in question was The Swiss Connection, which SWI swissinfo.ch produces for SWISS International Air Lines. (There’s Swissness for you.)

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The current batch includes my tales of cheeky street musicians (Bern’s Buskers’ Festival) and a jolly band of wandering woodsmen (An Architectural Tour). The selections come from swissinfo’s weekly program, and they change every few months.

So next time you travel with SWISS, I hope you’ll check it out! I know I will, and I might even elbow a fellow passenger and say, “Guess what? If you like podcasts … ”

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The Eiger North Face, as seen from Kleine Scheidegg © Susan Vogel-Misicka

The Eiger North Face, as seen from Kleine Scheidegg © Susan Vogel-Misicka

Seventy-five years ago, a quartet of German and Austrian climbers were the first to summit the Eiger by climbing its feared north face.

Earlier this month, I got an up-close impression of the “death wall” from the safety of solid ground.

Click here to find out why the Eiger North Face continues to attract top alpinists as well as ordinary tourists.

And for more on the backstory of the reportage, you can listen to the related podcast.

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The Chedi Hotel, as it should look when finished. (© Andermatt Swiss Alps)

The Chedi Hotel, as it should look when finished.
(© Andermatt Swiss Alps)

Egyptian property developer and billionaire Samih Sawiris is confident his first venture in Europe, the Andermatt Swiss Alps resort, will be a success. But there are question marks. I recently visited Andermatt to see an extremely large work in progress.

Click here to read the whole story on swissinfo.ch. Once there, you can also read a related article or listen to a short interview I did with Sawiris at the construction site.

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A scene from the “Heidiland” region in Gräubunden. © Susan Vogel-Misicka

I was in Graübunden recently for an article about how Heidi, the storybook character, is used as a marketing tool in Switzerland. Beautiful scenery, including a lot of vineyards and castles!

Click here to read Swiss sweetheart generates tourism cash on swissinfo.ch.

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Oryx, January 2012

Having worked in Zurich for a few years, I was glad for the chance to write about fun things to do there for Oryx, the inflight magazine of Qatar Airways.

I wrote the piece in English and it was translated into Arabic as well. You can read the English version here: Weekend Away, Zurich.
 
If you’re curious, check out page 16 of the online magazine to see a blurb about me on the “contributors” page.

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Passengers can no longer buy tickets onboard. © Foto SBB

 

For Swiss Federal Railways, the new year has already begun. In addition to introducing new timetables on December 11, it has stopped selling tickets on board. This policy translates into hefty fines for passengers who fail to buy their tickets prior to boarding – either because they forgot or because they were in too much of a hurry.

Read the whole story here.

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Solid as a rock: the place of power in Engstlenalp, canton Bern

Switzerland is rich in mystical places where the weary can supposedly refuel by soaking up geobiological energy. I decided to check out a few such spots.

Read the whole story here:

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/Tapping_into_alternative_energy_for_the_soul_.html?cid=19674092

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