We left Paris without breakfast to be able to catch our train on time. I joked with the group that we were taking several trains, a bus and donkey to get here. We did have several train changes and some with fairly close connections (and train employees that only spoke German), but we made without any problems. There were a couple of other groups heading to Our Chalet on the train with us. When we arrived in Adleboden we were met by a couple of the Our Chalet program volunteers. We left our luggage with the van driver and then headed on our 20 minute hike up the hill to Our Chalet. Once there, we registered and were shown to our rooms. Sunday night was a time to settle in and we just had dinner on the schedule. The adults are in one room in Spycher, three are in the Baby Chalet and the girls are in the attic of Spycher.
This morning we started the schedule with breakfast and an opening flag ceremony. Then we had an onsite day to get familiar with the other people here and to learn more about Our Chalet. Some of the adults left in the afternoon to go down to Adleboden to change money and buy groceries. It is a 45 minute walk to town, first down hill and then UPHILL! We should be in shape when we get home with all of the walking in the mountains that we are doing. It is beautiful here. You want to just run in the mountains and sing songs from the Sound of Music. I keep expecting Heidi to appear although I have not seen any goats yet. Last night was our International night where every group presented a little bit about their countries. We had a good time and our presentation went well. We have groups here from Denmark, Norway, and of course the USA (California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania). We finished the night with SWAPS and getting our laundry done. We did have a bbq at lunch in honor of the 4th of July.