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We made it to SWITZERLAND - the land of mountains, cheese, and chocolate where they speak German, Italian, and French.
St. Gallen, Switzerland
We are staying in St. Gallen, which is about a 1 hour train ride west of Zurich in the German speaking part of the country and is a very historic, smaller town of which we have learned ALL of the history!
During our first week of orientation, we learned that it is known as ...
... like Tibet than the Alps.
Walking along a busy road, with ski lifts all around, I must say crossing this pass doesn't have quite the same raw magic as Splugenpass did. In fact, right at the very top of the pass is yet another cluster of hotels and restaurant.
There is one contraption that catches my attention: It's a cable that disappear way up the mountain, and a wooden box, which it looks like it's still in use, as a very, very rustic cable car to get up the ...
... head past the last village, following a quiet footpath up the valley as it gets narrower and steeper as daylight fades. There's one last town up ahead before the pass and I can see its lights not too far ahead. I figure I could try camping out, and if it gets colder that I can handle, I still have the option of hiking up to that town and checking into a ...
Day 282 2 hrs, 5 kms Dalais is another peaceful little village, built partly in the valley floor, and partly up the grassy slopes. I get off the trail for a bit to make it easier to walk from town to town. I find, a bit to my amusement, that drivers seem utterly baffled when seeing a pedestrian by the road. Even when there's a very wide shoulder and plenty of room for them to drive ...
... on up the trail, zigzagging back and forth, back and forth, until I finally reach a rocky area of semi-waterfalls, with the beautiful waterfall not too far above.
Close enough. Time for a videoclip. I pause to soak in the view, then head on back down the moutain. By the time I reach the town of Auberbraz again, I've lost several hours and climbed nearly a thousand meters just to see a waterfall close up.
Worth it, I'd say... but I won't be doing this too often, I don't ...