Switzerland

Where did you go?

Switzerland:
Zurich
Lucern
Konstanz
Basel
Mt Tittlus
(all over!)

Were there any language barriers? 

No. Swiss speak English, German, French, Italian, Swiss-German depending on the region. Almost everyone speaks English and there are usually signs in English.

What tourist attractions did you visit?

Zurich shops, pubs, zoo, checked out the mountains (Mt Tittlus).

There are lots of cable cars – these will have bathrooms at the stations.

A lot of the trains also have toilets on board.

Did your IBD cause you any issues on this trip?

Yes, I was in a flare. Some days I had to rest and have hot, fresh ginger tea. (And avoid the delicious chocolate, it was challenging!

Was there anything out of the ordinary that stressed you out, or could potentially stress out someone with IBD?

Switzerland is so clean, safe, functions so well. The public transport is some of the best in the world. Even the roads have fairly frequent toilet stops so it wasn’t so bad.

Can you recommend how many days/weeks is a good time to visit this location?

1 month + It’s a beautiful country, but expensive.

Can you tell us what the food and cuisine is like? 

Swiss sausages, processed meats (salami), breads, CHOCOLATE, beer, veggie dishes with creamy sauces, fondue, CHEESE.

Have to try the chocolate and cheese.

Did you ever need medical attention? What did you do?

Yes but self medicated and visited pharmacy.

Toilet advice?

Very clean.

Almost all public toilets (stations etc) you need to pay so stock up on coins. These will be machine-operated so helps to have the right coins handy.

On a scale of 1-5 how much does your IBD affect you?

(1 being in remission and 5 being in a flare)

Now 1-2.

On a scale of 1-5, how difficult was it to manage your IBD while on this trip?

(1 being no issues and 5 being very difficult to manage)

5. The pain from cramping got so bad (that stabbed in the gut feeling), but it didn’t stop me from being a tourist. Just had to take some days off for rest, plan where toilets are for the day etc.

Were there any activities which challenged your IBD management? 

Climbing up mountain sides, had to stop every minute or so because of my stomach pains.

Would you recommend this place for people who have IBD? 

Definitely.

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