Gimmelwald is an inviting little village, hidden in the heart of the mountains. It was the end of the skiing season, so most of the ski lifts were switched off. On that day, I went for a walk in the mountains. When it came time to return, I took out the map to figure out how to descend back to the hostel. Thats when I discovered that the only designated route down the slope of the mountain lay through a pass, which was closed down. Having failed to find another way to the village, I sat down to rest and decide what to do next. Suddenly, I saw this handsome cat...
The cat noticed me as well. He walked up to me and sat beside me. And then he set off down a nearby path, constantly stopping to look around, as if inviting me to follow. He was very friendly, despite the fact that I was a complete stranger. Obviously, he was used to tourists.
When we finally reached the path leading to the hostel, our ways parted and the cat went off on his business.
After this story was published, other Internet users shared their tales about encountering a similar cat in the vicinity of Gimmelwald. One person said, This cat went hiking with me and my friends three months ago. He usually walked at the head of the group, stopping now and then to allow us time to catch up and to give us a big smile.
As it turns out, the cat belongs to the hostel owners and is very fond of tourists.