Germany & Switzerland

Every time I plan to go back to the hotel and write about what we have been doing, I get back and realize how tired I am! So… now I am going to have to catch up on everything we have done in the past several days. We flew from Dublin to Frankfurt, Germany. When we got off of the plane, we were so happy to feel the sun shining!! We stopped at Rammstein AFB and went to the commissary to stock up with snacks for the next several weeks. We basically bought the entire store, so I don’t think any of us will be starving while we are in the car…

That day, we drove to Remblinghausen to the Thiele house! The Thieles are our cousins in Germany. It’s kind of complicated to explain, but their mom is our grandpa’s cousin. Their house feels like another home to us and we always love being there. We got to see Ronald, Martina, Marieke, Anne, George, Pauline, and Matthias. We are hoping to see Peter, Vera, and baby Jakob (who was born on July 4th!) when we are back in a couple of weeks. We got to eat home cooked meals, swim in the Henesee, watch the Euro cup final, go to the bakery, and walk around their village. One night I even let Hannah give me cornrows… We just wanted to try it out. Theo and Jeff told me that I looked like Rhonda Rousey… There are pictures, but I will not share any because you will never be able to unsee it. We had such a good and relaxing time that I actually hardly took any pictures there…

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We went on a walk that overlooks Remblinghausen… If that view doesn’t make you want to move to Germany, then nothing will

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We were so happy that the weather was nice enough to go to the lake. We had a lot of fun in the water and we tanned and ate waffles simultaneously on the beach. Please, judge us. We don’t care

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This is my new favorite picture of Theo. He is so funny and in this picture he was giving Jeff a hard time and cracking himself up

After Remblinghausen, we drove to Heidelberg to visit Kat and see where she has been for the last 5 months. If I were her, I don’t know if I would come home in a few weeks. It is such a beautiful city with some pretty great gelato and schnitzel. We also got to see Walker there before he flew home!

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Here’s the whole fam checking out the view…

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It’s a view worth checkin’ out

We took Kat with us and left Heidelberg to drive to Strasbourg, France. We took a little detour because we wanted to get baguettes, croissants, and macaroons. Dad took French in high school and he ordered the food in French… He kept reenacting it in the parking lot because he was so proud of it, and then an actual French lady heard him and came over and corrected him. It was so funny, but you really had to be there. She was very surprised and impressed when she found out he was American though. We walked around Strasbourg for an hour to stretch our legs and we were back on the road.

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Hello, beautiful France

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We basically bought the entire bakery…

All 7 kids fell asleep in the car for awhile and when I woke up the most beautiful view of Switzerland was out the windshield. There were huge mountains surrounding a turquoise lake. If the others hadn’t woken up right after I did, I would’ve woken them up because it was a view worth waking up for. We drove to Täsch and parked our car there and took the train into Zermatt. There are no cars in Zermatt, only a few electric taxis and buses. It was a little chilly, but we walked around that night. It was cloudy and misty, so none of the mountain tops were visible. Everything is so expensive in Switzerland… We brought our own food, so we didn’t have to buy anything while we were there. Except for Swiss chocolate. We did buy some of that 🙂

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This is one of the electric taxis. They are so quiet that you actually can’t hear them until they are right behind you honking their horn

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We love the Alps. I mean look at them!! They are very lovable…

In the morning, we woke up early and it was a little sunnier than the day before. We went for a walk before breakfast and we could see more of the Matterhorn. We felt like we could see a lot, but we asked some guys who were hiking and they said that it was only about 2/5 of the mountain!! We wanted to see the top so badly, but there were so many clouds around it. It was really testing our patience and we were afraid to leave because we didn’t want it to come out while we were inside eating breakfast. We ate and when we went back outside, most of the mountain was out of the clouds! We could see that there was clear blue sky coming, so the 7 of us  sprinted up the street until we had a good view. Mom and Dad walked and met us there… We were so excited!! We were yelling chants and singing and people probably thought we were crazy. After we saw the top, we felt like we could leave Switzerland with no regrets.

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All 7 of us together 🙂

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Three boys and their mom were herding these goats down the street. It was so funny to watch because the goats were trying to eat every plant in sight and they were jumping all  over the place. All of the goats had bells on and they took up the entire road. We walked with them for a while… We really had no choice because they took up the whole street, but we loved it

I have yet to go anywhere that I don’t want to go back to again one day… I’ll save all my pennies so that next time I’m in Switzerland, I can buy a meal (I could live off chocolate though). Next up, Italy… Where the weather actually feels like summer!!

-Sarah