Occurred: July 2016
It’s now harder to buy magic mushrooms in Amsterdam, but foreigners are still welcome to buy truffles, a different type of fungus that contains the same hallucinogen as magic mushrooms: psilocybin.
Backpacking through Europe in July, 2016, I found myself alone in Switzerland with a bag full of truffles, and I decided to take the train from downtown Interlaken halfway up to an alpine garden called Schynige Platte and then hike the rest of the way.
I documented the 3-4 hour hike on Instagram. Here it is reproduced. Follow me on Instagram for more like this!
Switzerland on shrooms part 3 – 1 hour in – at this point it's hard to concentrate on anything but the natural beauty around me. I'm hiking with a shit-eating grin on my face. I find myself leaning uphill to avoid stumbling downhill in my unfocused/uncoordinated state. I am looking for a place to rest… #switzerland #truffles #hike #path #stairs #forest
Switzerland on shrooms part 4 – I am 1 hour and 45 minutes in and finally found a spot to lie down and stare at Interlaken, Lake Brienz in all its neon glory, and of course the clouds, which produced some mild visuals. I was also hearing a constant chorus of cowbell from the farm below, where all cows wear cowbells so the farmer can find them if they wander off. Here on the ledge I wrote down some of my thoughts, which were bursting out of me, I.e: "Life is about family, sure. But why? Because the ingredients for family are love, but also anger, passion!" I waved at the few groups of hikers who stopped to admire the view and commented in German… #shrooms #Switzerland #hiking #trip #interlaken #nature #deepthoughts
Switzerland on Shrooms (Part 5): I pushed onward and soon the trail crossed an Alpine farm where I encountered this cow blocking my path. Dumbstruck, I paused and pulled out my phone to snap this pic, which shows the cow beginning to lumber away towards the rest of his cow bros. This was also the point where… (To be continued) #blessed🙏 #cow #shrooms #Switzerland #tripping #nature #truffle #hiking #cows #trail
Switzerland on Shrooms (Part 6): (Continued)… The trail reconnected with the train track that had brought me halfway up the mountain. This pic shows one of the cog-railway trains heading downhill just next to the cow farm. All I can hear at this point is the creaking of the old train and the chorus of cowbells. #shrooms #Switzerland #alps #cowbells #train #meadow #nature #hiking #trail
Switzerland on Shrooms (Part 7): 2.5 hours into my trip I emerged from the forest and was greeted by this scene. Welcome to the tiny hill station of Schynige Platte, elevation 6,811 feet (about 2000 m). I was no longer having intense visuals and racing thoughts at this point, but the scene was magical nonetheless. You can see Jungfrau Mountain in this picture, home to the highest train station in Europe. The Eiger's Northface is far left. #shrooms #switzerland #eiger #tripping #alps #hiking #schynigeplatte #playground #nature #edgeoftheworld #mountains
Switzerland on Shrooms (Part 8): About 3 hours in… At this point my legs are rubbery from the combination of shrooms and strenuous hiking, but my mindstate has returned to normal. Still, the 360 panorama view from here was a spiritual experience in and of itself. Made it to the top of Schynige Platte, home to the Alpine garden at the bottom right of this pic. Also home to a cheese processing hut (at left), which is the highest in Switzerland supposedly. All downhill from here. #nofilter #shrooms #trip #alps #switzerland #nature #alpinegarden #spiritual #cheese #theend
Switzerland on Shrooms (Epilogue): I walked down from Schynige Platte to Breitlaunen, and when I finally emerged from the woods I had to cross this stretch of trail that crosses a pig farm. Two of the pigs, seeing me, snorted loudly and charged at me. Luckily the shrooms had worn off, and I quickly opened the gate and closed it behind me just as the pigs were about 10 feet away. I then turned around and took this picture just as the pigs resumed eating shit in the dirt. I can only guess as to why they charged, but I'd say they were being protective of the younger pigs (at left, not pictured). Ironically, these pigs probably felt the same anger and passion about their family that I had mused about (and written down) during my shrooms trip (see Part 3 or 4). If there's a moral here it's that pigs are scary as fuck and psilosiybin is completely harmless and in fact therapeutic when consumed responsibly. Hope you enjoyed reading! If you visit Amsterdam be sure to try the truffles while in nature. #pigs #shrooms #switzerland #moral #nature #tripping #truffles #amsterdam #backpacking