After several days in Ebnat-Kappel, we went to the nearby town of Buttikon. Most of the team stayed at the church, but Tim and I stayed with the Quiring family. We had services on Tuesday and Wednesday night. On Wednesday, the pastor took us to see a Protestant church and a lake in the mountains. We had about an hour at the lake, and some of us tried to hike up into the mountains to see a waterfall (we didn’t make it). Some of the others who stayed by the lake saw a small avalanche on one of the surrounding mountains.
So here I am, sitting on a little wooden bench by a stream, just yards away from the 450-year-old house that we’ve been staying in for the past few days. I’m wearing short sleeves but I can see snow on the mountains nearby. I can hear my laptop keys clicking, the stream trickling over the rocks, and the cowbells ringing on the mountains. This is a combination of old and new that I have never experienced before. (more…)