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Sunday, 8 August 2010

Some bits of Switzerland I missed out - Zurich, Geneva and Bern

Zurich was my last stop in Switzerland, but it was Bakunin (and Kropotkin)'s introduction to the Russian exile & student community and the various radicals amongst them.

I didn't stay in Geneva, or Lausanne, because of setting off two days later than planned.

But Bern, where Bakunin went to die, was the last stop in Switzerland.

Bern is sick, keeping captive bears because when some aristocratic tosspot decided to make his HQ there, he said he'd name it after the first thing he'd kill. A bear it was, Bern got named after it, and ever since then, bears have been tortured to sustain this invented identity.

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