By Jennifer Stavros – 10th February 2023
Travellers often talk about seeing the world, but it’s time we learn to listen to it, too.
On a rainy summer day, I took a train to the Swiss city of Saint-Maurice and trekked through the squelching mud to a medieval fortress perched high atop a cliff. After descending into a dark cavern and twisting through its dimly lit corridors, I finally arrived at the main viewpoint of the Grotte aux Fées (Cave of the Fairies): a plunging 77m waterfall that shoots from an underground limestone ledge into a translucent pool. As the splatter echoed through the cavern and drenched my jacket, I closed my eyes and took out my phone to record the rush of dreamy reality before me.
I had come in search of a sound, not a sight.