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Sam Cook column: Reach past language barrier for joyful travel

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NEAR INTERLAKEN, SWITZERLAND —The two of us were the only people who stepped off the train at the Swiss village of Niederried. It was a sunny morning in March. The train platform was vacant. Up the hill, a few tidy homes were tucked into the mountainside.

We were looking for a trail. A clerk at the train station in Interlaken, a few miles away, had assured us we would find it.

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