At the beginning of this year I made a decision about my health that’s been a long time coming. I’ve had a dodgy knee for years which has been steadily getting worse and I bit the bullet and had the operation. Recovery has been slow and painful, and I’m not there yet.
Over the last few weeks it started to get me down and I needed something to pep me up – I thought of my granny, she loved spring time and especially Easter, she wasn’t religious but the whole idea of being re-born appealed to her. I took inspiration from her and got myself on a train to Switzerland and Brigerbad – a natural thermal spring in the Wallis area. It was delicious, lying in a warm pool looking up at the Alps while soaking up all those minerals, I can honestly say I felt full of energy and dare I say re-born.
It wasn’t just the thermals that gave me a boost, but the clean air and of course the hearty honest Swiss food of the area. Fondue, röschti, käseschnitte all served with fresh local vegetables. Then there’s the chocolate, OK, not normally found on the healthy food list, but it does do wonders for the spirit.
On my way back to Amsterdam I made a stop at Landschloss Fasanerie for two nights. The Fasanerie has a well equipped spa which includes a plunge pool, various types of sauna’s and a massage and beauty area. And, two restaurants, one ‘Landhaus’ is rustic German and the other is a little more refined. As with so many things in Germany the quality of the hotel, spa and food was outstanding.
So, now I’m back home, writing this and getting ready to start my physiotherapy again tomorrow. My short trip has made me feel like I’ve made lots of progress and am ready for the next challenge on my road to recovery.