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[ 1 Apr 2011 | No Comment ]
Landscape around Appenzell

The Travcult crew spent about half a day in Appenzell, after attending the annual Landsgemeinde event (for more on that, read our earlier post on Landsgemeinde). Wondering what else is there to see and do at Appenzell, we took a quick tour around the small town on foot. The cool April breeze and beautiful vista of the pristine surroundings made the walk thoroughly enjoyable; and although most of the businesses were closed that day, we still managed to catch several interesting sights.

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[ 25 Mar 2011 | No Comment ]
The town of Appenzell

The Swiss canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden is home to a rare democratic tradition. While we are certain that most readers are familiar with the meaning of democracy and its practices; most of us would not have experienced something like the centuries-old practice that we are about to describe. It is definitely more interesting to watch than many other voting processes, and the thought that this practice started out in the middle ages is simply unbelievable.