She wants to hike all the time, I want to do nothing all the time. Not that I have any influence on that, but sometimes fate means well with me.
Short insertion: Gerd and I urgently need a holiday. Very badly. We don't really want to see anything, we don't want to hike, we don't want to meet many people and we want to take it easy on ourselves. Even if you don't quite understand it, travelling and holidays are two different things. We have just recorded a podcast episode about this, which will be online in a week or two.
Back to fate. As we don't know Italian, we don't understand that the Centovalli is only open for one hour over lunch due to road works directly behind the border crossing to Italy. When we arrive, there are already a few cars in front of us (probably all of them who don't understand Italian), we get out and are told that we now have to wait for about an hour. Aha.
Back would mean into the autumn holiday-return traffic through or over the Gotthard. So we wait the hour, grab the camera and want to capture the autumn with its colours. Instead, we "catch" a nice Indian couple, get chatting and the hour of waiting is over faster than we want. Before the queue of cars starts moving again, I manage to exchange contact details and invite them to Bern.
As a result, we don't hike. We skip Domodossola only to indulge in the autumnal romance of the evening sun on the Simplon Pass a little later and go for a mini-hike. And we decide - I rejoice in her beaming eyes at the idea - to spend the night here.
I guess it's something special (I have to remind myself every now and then) to spend the night high up on the pass watching the sun set and rise. So ends another great day high up in the Swiss Alps with magical fog, Indian daal (our new acquaintances were inspiration enough!) and listening to podcasts together.
News #1 On 24 June we will give a talk about our trip in the van in Konolfingen, Bern, Switzerland. All info and the possibility to Registration here. We look forward to seeing you!
News #2 I am currently writing a book about the encounters on our journey. If you would like to test-read a chapter or two this summer, please contact me by email.
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