Well, in just over 24 from when I left Knoxville, I made it to Weisstannen (White Christmas Tree), Switzerland. In between flew to Atlanta, then to Zurich, then took a train to Sargans and started walking. It was a relatively short walk — about 9 miles — but verrry steep in some places.
The scenery here is not the typical high jagged peaks that often typify the Alps. It alternated between evergreen forests and green meadows and pastureland.
Near the end of today’s walk I met a Suisse schoolteacher, Marion, and her dog, Haley. They were going to the next little hamlet past Weisstannen but we walked the last couple of miles to Weisstannen together. Marion teaches economics to high schoolers. All Suisse high school students are required to take a year and a half of economics!
Something similar should be required in the US. If you don’t understand economics you won’t understand history. And, nowadays at least some knowledge of economics is basic to casting an intelligent vote. Come to think of it, a similar requirement, retroactively applied, would be a good requirement for all our politicians, since most of ’em give no indication that they have a clue about basic economic principles.
This is a German speaking area of Switzerland, which is a challenge for me. My hotel proprietress (only one small hotel in this town) doesn’t speak a bit of English. But, she does speak a bit of French, do we make do.