Where in the World Wednesday: Switzerland Edition

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Every Wednesday, I share a Where in the World Wednesday featuring where in the world I am, what I’m doing there, where I’m planning to go next, my general thoughts on the latest week of travel, and what I’m currently reading.

Where in the World Wednesday: Switzerland Edition

Where in the world are you?

I’m currently in the idyllic Lauterbrunnen valley in Switzerland.

Where were you up to this week?

I’ve been a hiking fiend this week, trekking up one mountain and down the next. I started with Mt. Rigi just a quick boat ride and a beautiful traditional cog wheel train from Luzern.

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After exploring the Luzern area for two days, I moved to Lauterbrunnen in the Jungfrau region. It’s a stunning little village in the bottom of a simply gorgeous valley. It’s been the perfect place to settle in to mountain life.

On my first full day, I tackled an ambitious 6.5 hour hike from Schynige Platte to Grindlewald First. I summited Faulhorn peak, made friends with the cows, and felt more accomplished than I have in a very, very long time.

Where in the World Wednesday Switzerland Edition | Weekly travel updates from a bookworm on the move | Faulhorn, Jungfrau, Switzerland

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I enjoyed another hike from Mannlichen to Wengen via Kleine Scheidegg.

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And yet another from Grutschalp to Murren, with an extension by cable car to the Schilthorn peak.

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My original plan was to spend six days in Lauterbrunnen. I ended up extending my trip. Sometimes you know a good thing when you’ve got it.

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It was a very good thing when this rag tag bunch of travelers joined forces for the day. We were all interested in hiking and the outdoors. The majority of us were on long-term travel journeys after having left careers we were less than thrilled with. It was travel magic in the making.

Where in the World Wednesday | A weekly travel series following what I'm doing, where I'm going and what I'm reading | Swizerland edition

I led them on one of my favorite hikes from the past week, from Wengen to Mannlichen and back again. This time, I didn’t pass by the playground (we played like the children we still are) or have to take selfies of me in the environment. The conversations weren’t only in my own head. We were happy hikers.

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What are you currently reading?

I’m still making my way through A Clash of Kings (Game of Thrones Book #2) by George R.R. Martin. I didn’t make as much progress on it this week as I expected. It’s hard to read a lot when you’re traversing mountain passes and sharing meals and wine with friends at night.

I did learn that I enjoy some verbal company while solo hiking. This week, I listened to a few podcasts as I walked. When I walk the camino, I think I’ll want to stock up on audiobooks to get me through the long days sometimes.

Where are you going to next?

I’ll be making a quick trip to the states to celebrate one of my best friend’s weddings. Four days later, I’ll be heading to Europe again. I’ll be in Paris for a short time and then will begin yet another work exchange experience in the south of France.

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