Hangin´ in Heidiland with the swiss boyz
18.07.2009 - 22.07.2009
Anthony and I met Matthew (not how he spells it) and Luc (not how he spells it) during the tour in Tibet. They invited us to come and visit and we took them up on the offer. Let me tell you, Switzerland is absolutely beautiful! It is expensive as all get out but the view is worth it. The exchange rate is relatively equal to the US dollar but everything is twice the cost. Our saving grace was that we stayed with Matthew or Matthew's parents, Rene and Ida.
Rene and Ida live in Frutigen and have an apartment connected to their apartment, which is where we stayed for 4 of the five days we were in Switzerland. They are really sweet people. Ida is 70 and Rene, who is wheelchair bound due to a climbing accident, is 67. We really got an inside view of everyday life in Frutigen and Ida cooked some typical swiss meals for us.
The most outstanding experiences for me were staying the night at a dairy farm on the side of a mountain then helping to make cheese the next day and climbing to Oeschinen Lake with Ida and her sister Margaret.
The night in at the farm was an unexpected invitation from Matthew's Aunt and Uncle who live at this summer farmhouse. They have several dairy cows (10) and all are milked in the morning and in the evening. Each cow has a bell attached to their neck and I fell to sleep with the chiming of the cowbells. The process of making cheese was labor intensive for approximately 3 hours. Everyone was bustling about and I got to help.
The hike to Oeschinen lake was great and Ida was amazing. If I am able to hike like her when I am 70 then watch out world because I will make this trip again.