Friday Fun: Nostalgia

Did you know that the term ‘nostalgia’ was coined in the 17th century to describe a medical condition of melancholy and anxiety present in Swiss mercenary soldiers fighting abroad (that’s why it was also know as the ‘mal de Suisse’ in those days)? Apparently, initially military doctors hypothesized that the malady was due to damage to the victims’ brain cells and ear drums by the constant clanging of cowbells in the pastures of Switzerland. But I didn’t grow up within earshot of the cowbells, only lived for a short while in the beautiful Lake Geneva area and am still irreparably damaged and homesick for that part of the world.

In fact, I enjoyed that part of the world so much that I probably stayed much longer in a marriage than I should have.

On the day when I can finally report that I have achieved some kind of financial settlement and inner peace following divorce, I think back once more on the things I loved about that area and introduce a kind of amnesia about the bad memories. Isn’t that what nostalgia is all about?

Memories of the local area

A walk on the Franco-Swiss border

Artworks on the border

Swiss chateaux

A fond farewell to the area before moving to the UK

And more about Voltaire and Ferney

9 thoughts on “Friday Fun: Nostalgia”

  1. Many congratulations! I hope life will become both easier and happier for you. The sound of cowbells mean walking holidays for me and there’s nostalgia to be had there as we’ve done so many of them over the years.

  2. What an interesting post – yet again you’ve taught me something! So pleased to hear your news. I hope you can now surge forward and find the happiness you deserve.

  3. Very glad to hear that you’ve come to this point, Marina Sofia. Now you can look forward, and really plan for the future. How exciting in its way! And thanks for the background on ‘nostalgia.’ I didn’t know that!

  4. Congratulations on getting to the final stretch in the legal proceedings. That should take a load off your mind.
    And “nostalgia,” what an interesting definition. I have not heard cowbells, but I do have nostalgia for locations of my childhood and fun times with friends.

  5. Haha! I felt a lot of nostalgia when I lived in London, but I don’t remember many cowbells in the streets of Glasgow! Glad you’ve achieved a settlement – hopefully life will seem brighter again now. 🙂

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