Photo Essay: Winter in the Lauterbrunnen Valley (Switzerland)

by gigigriffis

Welcome to my official home base for 2014.


Tree in the snow

signs

Luna joyful

Chunk

moss with snow

Stream

River

bridge to the mountains

Mountains

Mountaintop


All photos taken with my lovely little Lumix.


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17 comments

EssayWriter February 20, 2014 - 3:54 am

I admire all your shots. It is very nice, and the place was perfect.

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gigigriffis February 21, 2014 - 1:51 am

Thanks!

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Maria February 20, 2014 - 5:24 am

Looks like my home, minus the mountains, at the moment but ours should melt soon. Lovely

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gigigriffis February 21, 2014 - 1:51 am

I am loving the snow, though ours probably won’t melt anytime soon.

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Karen February 20, 2014 - 2:41 pm

Gorgeous pics – looks beautiful. Love my lumix too :-)

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gigigriffis February 21, 2014 - 1:52 am

Such a great camera, right?

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Martijn February 20, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Congratulations! From what I’ve read so far you have earned to live in this beautiful place. It looks gorgeous. Pooch seems to like it too.

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gigigriffis February 21, 2014 - 1:55 am

Yep. She loves it (though she does get too cold and make me turn around on hikes sometimes).

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RadkaH. February 21, 2014 - 12:20 am

Just lovely photos and great place to be Gigi.

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gigigriffis February 21, 2014 - 1:55 am

Thanks!

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Sander Versluys February 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

Great, you’ve found yourself a new home! Good choice, I love the mountains too!

But I’m still a bit baffled because you choose, as far as I know, the most expensive country in Europe. :)

Isn’t it like 4 euro for a coffee?

Don’t get me wrong, I think that 4 euro is a good deal for happiness! :D But still, very curious about your next financial update.

Congratulations and enjoy Gigi!

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gigigriffis February 21, 2014 - 3:46 am

Well, maybe not the most expensive country (I think Scandanavia is still a lot more expensive :)), but, yes, definitely more expensive than some of our neighbors!

That said, this valley is the one place in the world where I feel perfectly at home, the best version of myself.

In fact, that’s how I knew I wanted to move here: when I realized that I’d rather be on a very tight budget in Switzerland than wealthy in, say, Mexico. Money is fleeting; joy is what I’m after.

My therapist likes to remind me that our choices and actions are the real test of what we believe. And so the person who makes choices because they will make them wealthy shows us that they value money (or perhaps security in a rather insecure world). And the person who chooses to pursue art, quit their job, turn down the high-paying, but unfulfilling position, and move to a place where her dollar doesn’t go very far, she shows her values too.

That’s not a judgement on anyone’s values. Because security, well that’s a pretty nice thing to be after too, but for me it would be the wrong thing to chase.

Instead, my values (as demonstrated by my wildly unconventional choices) must be nature, wellness, bravery, art, stories, community, and love.

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loni joy February 21, 2014 - 7:10 am

Gigi, this is your paradise and I can see why it sings to your heart.
Amazingly spectacular :) Enjoy and Blessings to your new home xx

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gigigriffis February 22, 2014 - 6:20 am

Thanks!

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Julia February 22, 2014 - 7:47 am

Looks like a gorgeous part of the world, lovely photos!

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gigigriffis February 22, 2014 - 8:12 am

Thanks. It is!

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