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The canton Glarus

by Jorge Sanchez - 3 years, 7 months ago

I reached Glaris, the capital of the canton Glarus at about 5 PM. I still had a couple of hours of light to discover the town before looking for a place to spend the night inside my sleeping bag, better covered, in case of rain. The imposing railway station, which looked a castle, would close its gates at midnight, I was informed, but the platforms would remain accessible. The hotels in Switzerland are ridiculously expensive and I avoided them as much as possible. The location of Glaris was wonderful, surrounded by several snowed mountains (it was February). To start with my visits I went to the church. It was open. A plaque on its wall informed (in German language) that it was built from 1863 to 1866. Then I walked for about one hour to see another church on the top of a hill, the City Hall, and several nice houses. I was surprised to notice that the flag and heraldic of the canton of Glarus was a monk. I asked the people in the street and a gentleman told me that the monk represented the Irish monk Saint Fridolin, who evangelized that area during the VI and the VII centuries, on his mission to evangelize Europe. He even founded a monastery in Germany, called Säckingen. When it became dark I bought some food in a supermarket (some bread, cheese and orange juice) and headed to the railway station where I spent the night on a bench in the platform. The next day I travelled to the canton of Graubünden.


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