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The canton Appenzell Ausserrhoden

by Jorge Sanchez - 2 years, 11 months ago

I arrived to Harisau by train, from St. Gallen. The station was at some kilometers from the downtown, my ticket was not valid to catch the bus, and I did not want to spend much money, so I walked. I reached the downtown; there were many houses decorated, the Appenzeller Lebenswelten Museum (translated by “Worlds of Life”, closed at the times when I was there) and an imposing Protestant church. I was interested in visiting that church because owing to irreconcilable religious differences among the people of the canton of Appenszell, it was split up in two cantons, forming the Appenzell Ausserrhoden with capital in Herisau, protestant, and Appelzell Innerrhoden with capital in Appenzell, catholic, which I would visit later. Both cantons have a coat of arms showing a black bear, but with a little difference in each canton. These two cantons reminded me the fictitious Spanish villages of Villanueva de Arriba and Villanueva de Abajo, which are always in disputes. After a couple of hours visitng the downtown I judged enough and went back to the train station to travel to Appenzell Innerrhoden.


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