"Describe your dream writing retreat. Where would you go? Who and what would you bring?"
YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday asked what my dream writer's retreat would be and and who I would want to go with. So I wrote a LONG post with pictures. Then the blogger monster ate it. So let's try this again!
Where would I go?
My dream writer's treat would take place in Adelboden, Switzerland. You've probably never heard of that town, it's a small village in the Swiss Alps. I'd never heard of it until college when I decided to volunteer at a Girl Scout World Center. The moment I heard about Our Chalet I had to go! Switzerland, with it's rugged mountains and beautiful scenery captured my imagination.
I had high expectations. Adelboden exceeded all of them. It was like living in a postcard. Outside of every window you saw beautiful views. The people were some of the kindest I've ever met (someday I will tell you the story of the Swiss family that saved our cat from a tree). There is no wireless internet at the chalet, the village is a 30 minute walk (down the mountain, then up the hill on the other side), and the scenery is simply inspiring. It's entirely different from American living, but in the most wonderful way.
What more do you need?
Oh right, then there's the chocolate. The small grocery store in the village has a whole aisle devoted to chocolate. What more do writers need?
Who would I take?
My twitter friends! I may have never met most of you but you are the most encouraging writing companions a girl could have. Plus you deserve to see the amazingness that is Adelboden. It would inspire you!
What would I bring?
Hiking boots, a camera and a laptop
Need proof that this is a dream location? PICTURES!
This is Our Chalet. This is a real picture taken by me.
It REALLY looks like that.
We could stay here at Baby Chalet. It's SOOO cute.
It's a tiny little house, sleeps about four, with a kitchen and everything.
We could eat lovely meals family style with all the other guests.
Hear stories from volunteers from around the world.
This is the view of Adelboden across the valley from Our Chalet.
We could take a break from writing to go iceskating surrounded by mountains.
Don' like snow? This is a beautiful September day in Adelboden.