Our breakfast this morning was simpler, toast and yogurt. We left once again at 0900 to start our day. This time however, we were going for an actual hike. We started uphill immediately and didn’t stop until we reached Sprutz, a huge waterfall in the forest. We passed underneath the waterfall, something I’d never done. The forest here is very much like the forests at home, tall pine trees, mosses growing on everything, cool shade and paths littered with pine needles. We kept on going and going for a total of 1 hour and 45 minutes uphill until we reached the top of Brindli. Our total elevation gain was 700m from where we started to where we finished. We spent an hour at the top talking to people, taking pictures and eating an early lunch.
We chose to go walk back to Gimmelwald via Rotstockhütte, the long way around. We stopped at the hut and refilled our water bottle. We ate a piece of super delicious walnut pie in the sun. The walk back to Gimmelwald took 3 hours. It went down onto the valley floor 100 meters below Gimmelwald, along the river that echos through the mountains to our ears outside our hostel. We ate some alpine strawberries along the way. When we got back into town we saw the Hans the Cheese-man was outside at the cheese house. We stopped by and when he saw us he called “ALYSSA!” he had remembered my name! (and said it right!) We bought two more blocks of cheese from him to give away in Holland and a .5L of raw milk for $.75. The milk tasted like creamy heaven! It sounds cliche, but it tasted floral, like the meadow.
We dropped all our stuff off at the hostel and picked up our bathing suits. We took the cable car up to Mürren and found the pool. Shane and I swam and splashed in the pool and relaxed in the hot tub with a view of the alps everywhere we looked. We had a fantastic time! The showers were hot and free and we definitely took advantage of them. After our great swim we found dinner (unremarkable) with views directly into the valley.
With dinner paid we had 8.75CHF remaining. We knew the cable car back to Gimmelwald cost 8.80CHF. We were tired and sore from our hike so we went to the station with our francs and a 5 eurocent piece (worth more than .05 francs.) We told the lady, “we want to get rid of these francs, it’s our last day here. Can we give you 8.75CHF plus this 5 eurocent piece?” She said no. She needed the .05CHF piece. We were not impressed. We walked sorely down the hill.
The internet wasn’t working when we got back (even though we had to pay 5 euros for it) so we went to the “festival” with a few of our Canadian roommates. The six of us listened to a yodeling group and some classic folk music while we chatted. We huddled at our table trying to stay warm, we had a lot of laughs with these folks. At 2300 it was to cold to stay outside so we all headed to our respective beds.