So I’ve been in Switzerland now for about 6 days and I’ve got another 5 left. I’ve spent the majority of my time, what will be nine days, at a great little village in the Alps called Gimmelwald at the Mountain Hostel. There’s a saying that they have here, “If heaven isn’t what it’s cracked up to be…send me back to Gimmelwald.” That might be a slight over statement, but it is definitely a very cool place. Being here for so long it’s given me plenty of time to settle in and do a bit of cooking for my fellow hostelers. The town itself is about 130 people and it’s 4500 feet up the alps just below the Schilthorn where they filmed a James Bond Movie with Telly Sevalis. We hiked out to what’s left of a small glacier and I hiked all the way up to the hostel from Lauterbrunnen. I may go up to the Schilthorn via the gondola service and then hike down in the next few days. The hostel here is incredible. The greatest people seem to seek out Gimmelwald so I’ve had plenty of very friendly company while I’ve been here. There are people here from Canada, South Africa, Mexico, and a lot of people from all over the US. I learned how to play probably the most difficult card game I’ve ever seen called Casino, by the South African rules. I head back to Zurich on the 12th and then fly out from there on the 13th to Tel Aviv to spend 2-5 months volunteering on a kibbutz. In case you’re curious a kibbutz is a collective community in Israel that was traditionally based on agriculture. So they’re basically a self sustaining community that utilizes volunteers either Israeli born or otherwise to staff the kibbutz and work various jobs that they have there. It’s pretty cool because today I met a couple of Jewish guys from Mexico who are going to be headed to do the same thing after a few of months traveling Europe.



10 thoughts on “Yodelehehoo

  1. Yodel hey Sonny. Are the hills really alive with the sound of music? The hostel looks awesome like it really fits your personality. Try to not frighten too many mountain creatures. After all, you are the Mountain King! Miss ya <

  2. Your photos are amazing, Eli! Maybe you have a future in travel photography. :) It looks like you’re meeting some great new people. That’s one of the best parts of travel. Have fun and be safe.

  3. Love the picture of Salzburg! I enjoyed seeing pictures of the Eagles Nest also. I never knew they presented it to Hitler for a birthday present, that was interesting to learn.

    Where’s the picture of the Matterhorn? Surely you saw that.

  4. So does the army there really have those cool little knives?

  5. You are possibly the biggest, most wonderful dork in the world. And that’s a big statement.

  6. I love the photo of the Gimmelwald hostel crew. Looks like good times. When you were in Basel, did you see the wall of red and white dishes? So cool. Sounds like you’re having a blast. I love the updates.

  7. Eli: So glad you are doing Switzerland…I thought it was really special.

    Israel will be a great experience if you can keep away from the discord within the country. So much to see..hope you have time with the volunteering. Really a wonderful way to better understand your walk with Jesus.

    Grandma & Grandpa Jack

  8. What an experience Eli! In my opinion, you are at one of the best places in the world. It doesn’t look much has changed with the hostel or the town, but I was wondering if you still have to pay to take a shower? I really hope you enjoy Gimmelwald as much as I did. Be safe!

  9. THAT’S WHAT THAT IS!!!! Space Invader against sexism! I saw just the invader on the side of a random building in Bern and thought it belonged to a bunch of random displays of video game characters I saw throughout Europe! Glad you liked Switzerland, I knew you would. Have a safe trip back to the land of fewer beards.

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