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Sleeping on Straw - Gimmelwald

By: Vandy on June 24, 2006 - 12:20pm

If you want to have a unique experience, try sleeping on straw in Switzerland!  We came to know about it from Rick Steve's Germany,Austria & Switzerland guidebook. In a small village near Lauterbrunnen called Gimmelwald, you can sleep in a barn on hay beds from June to October for just 20CHF per night .. and that includes a good breakfast.  Lots of blankets are provided and you can make your own bed with those or use your own sleeping bag.  

It was cold when we went there in september and I had to use multiple blankets.  The barn was pretty clean - cows were out in summer time grazing in fields. So it wasn't really smelly as I had expected.  Also we got to interact with many other travellers most of whom had come there for the same reason - to have a different kind of experience! 

Gimmelwald itself is a nice little swiss village.  Very peaceful and quiet with smiling and friendly locals (most of whom have the last name Von Allmen!) and lots of greenery with plenty of cows! Its close to Murren and on the way to Schilthorn.  We had the most relaxing time there and also got to experience a cheese festival during our stay. 

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By: Vandy on June 21, 2006 - 11:50am

Hi there,

I happened to come to your site via a link to it from a blog. and feel its a great way for you to get info from other travellers.  Since you've already been to India and NewZealand, I wouldn't add entries for those. However, I do wish you would include Spain in your journeys.  

I went to Spain by chance - for a conference.  But decided to extend my trip and do some site seeing.  My husband joined me and we went to Barcelona (this is where the conference was), Seville, Madrid and Toledo.  Barcelona and Madrid are the usual big cities but each one has its own unique feature. Barcelona is loaded with Gaudi architecture while Madrid's museums just filled us with awe.  But the one city I liked the most was Seville.  Inspite of being a city, Seville has a small town feel.  We stayed in the center - Barrillo de Santa Cruz.  The biggest church of europe was pretty close by - walking distance and so was the Moorish palace - Alcazar.  What we liked the most was the relaxed atmosphere. Walking through the streets of Barrillo (with orange laden trees) or taking evening "paseo" at the river, we seemed to be the only people around.  Of course that could also means most localites and other tourists were taking siesta. Coz we saw a totally different scene at night.  Even on a weekday, the restaurants opened at 9:30 pm  (the tapas were yummy!!)  and the bars started filling up only after midnight (they opened at 11 pm!). Flamenco music played in most bars, and localites showed off their flamenco dancing talent. We learnt a few steps too from a local group!

Of course you cannot leave Seville without seeing a professional flamenco performance and if Sachi is interested, trying out a flamenco dress!! Oh and how can I forget Churros! These delicious fritters dipped in chocolate were our breakfast and snacks for many a days. 

I really fell in love with this city and would love to return there sometime in future. I hope you will add Seville to your itinerary.


PS: send me an email if you want a link to my Spain photos

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