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Our host Jean Odermatt
As usual the etoy.AGENTS arranged an interesting excursion this year. This year, we tried to go to La Claustra in Andermatt. (Check out the video on their site. It's the last link on the left.) Unfortunately, there was 8 meters of snow at La Claustra with avalanche warnings so we couldn't go. We stayed at a nice chalet in Andermatt instead.

La Claustra is this amazing project that Jean Odermatt just completed. He purchased an old Swiss Army base built into the mountains of Gotthard. Inside of these caves, he built an extremely modern hotel and meeting room that looks like a scene from James Bond. It fits 26 people. Our plan was to have our super-secret etoy.MEETING at La Claustra, but since we couldn't go, we had our meeting at Jean's offices in Andermatt instead.

For dinner we had Raclette, kind of a precursor to cheese fondue where they shave slices of Raclette cheese of as they heat the surface. The trick is not to drink a lot of cold water with the cheese or it turns into a hard ball in your stomach. It was great though. Yum.

Anyway, our host Jean Odermatt, his assistant and his team were extremely hospitable and we are DEFINITELY going to come back to La Claustra to have a retreat soon. It's truly amazing.


The problem isn't with a hard ball in the stomach. It's when it begins to migrate...

The other problem is the persistent cheese smell that lingers on for three days in your flat after a raclette party ;-P

Wow, that's a fantastic hotel!

I need to start a list of places I'd like to stay:

Ice Hotel in Sweden.
Machu Pichu.
La Claustra.
One of those Treetop Cabins in the Rain Forest.
Jule's Undersea Lodge.

Glad you liked raclette! it's one of my all-time favorite food dishes :-)

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Jean Odermatt and the crew of la claustra hosted us for a day in andermatt - Joi Ito blogged about it before i could even reach my computer ... his company was most inspiring and the totally out-of-season tourist town... Read More