Phoning Home

For callbacks to the U.S., I now use prepaid cards from NobelCom. Though the stated per-minute rate was 16 cents, the actual charge was only 10 cents. It varies by country, but was about as good a deal as I've seen.

NobelCom offers several cards. Some have connection charges and very cheap per-minute rates. Others have no connect charges and have higher, but still inexpensive, per-minute rates.

We used their Global Call from Switzerland; it works throughout Western Europe. With this card, calls are carried by the AT&T network.

Russell Wayne
Via email

Apartment in the Emmental

We used your publication to help plan a trip to Europe and thanks to Gemütlichkeit got in touch with the Emmental Tourist Office (Emmental Tourismus, Schlossstrasse 3, CH-3550 Langnau, tel. +41/034/402 42 52, fax 402 56 67, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) who found the perfect accommodations for the 10 days we were in the Emmental region of Switzerland.

Hans and Ruth Kern own and operate the Berghaus in Eggiwil (CH-3537, Eggiwil, tel./fax +41/034/491 23 68). They were excellent hosts, very helpful and informative and even helped us find the farm where we believe our Swiss-American ancestor was born.

They have a summer apartment as well as bed and breakfast rooms. We used the apartment, and cooked most of our own meals in the well-equipped kitchen. The apartment costs 45 to 85 Sfr. ($27 to $51) per day, depending on season and number of guests.

Andrea Ganger
via email

September 2001