Leysin, in the eyes of a 17 year old,
When i last visited leysin i did have a specific purpose to go there, i was partaking in a native americna vision quest ceremony, which was absolutely amazing... but my experience of leysin is a fabulous one, i didnt have a bad experience while there the people there were so friendly and helpfull for the group of us that was there and as we were there fro around a month in total they got to know us slowly, it was amazing what they would do to help us. imagine sitting on the side of a mountain in the scorching suncshine on your own for 3 days adn nights with only the cows for company and teams of hil walkers walking past leaving you to your own thing...the views were stunning and while the weather was lovely it was sureal being able to see the snow less than a hundred yards away from us although we were very high it was still unbelieveable. the cows were very friendly trying to eat my shelter and sleeping bag and towle and shoes while i was either in t hem or lying beside them..those bells made me feel like igor but hey you ahve to live with it its their land and country. there were some great bars there and the rotating restaurant at the summit while not to my taste was amazing to sit up there and watch ppl paragliding off the mountain top.you could see for ever and if fancy took you you almost believed you were seeing into a different country try and time your visit there so you are there fro the 1st of august and get as high up the mountain as you can as it is amazing to be able to see everyone celebrate the "independence day style event" with fireworkds all over the valleys you could see, explosions of light bursting over lake geneva where you could see it was amazing. there were some great bars and hostels there too letting foreigners do there thing once you didnt dirupt the locals too muhc as far as i know tehre is an american college there during the summer months so for english speakers you can find some people that will know what you are trying to say the few times the locals dont understand you.