We were all feeling a little pooped by our big days yesterday and keen for something more low key today. On the agenda for the day was buying groceries and then returning to our swimming hole. It’s our legs that need the break, the walking here is relentless. The whole town is walkable and so…

Bucket List day. 

Warning: it’s a longer one today. Also, for those of you grammar police out there I apologize in advance. I wrote today in a combination of as it happens and what just happened. If the switching of tenses gets you worked up (Sarah Parsons?) just skim ahead to the pics. So today is a selfish…

Lugano mornings 

Please remember, we are currently in vacation mode. What you will see below and hear about is not real life. No one lives like this. It’s all make believe.  Woken this morning by the chime of the church bells and the deep base of the party music. Wait, what? It began promptly with the 6am…

Arrived in Lugano

Up early, ready to take on a big travel day to the family house in Lugano. This house was purchased by Manolo’s grandfather and has been loved by the family as a special vacation destination ever since.  The train ride here was beautiful. Glimpses of the Alp’s, homes perched high up on mountain meadows for…

Fully & completely here.

A week and a day here and our much anticipated belongings were released from customs! Much celebrating and total chaos ensued as we began the process of unpacking and finding new homes for all our belongings. In the short time we’ve been here I’ve come to truly appreciate a minimalist way of life. Now that…

The one-week mark.

So much has happened in the time we’ve been here. Hard to believe it’s only been a week. We’re now revisiting places we’ve already enjoyed and feeling far more familiar with the winding streets and alleys. Becoming officially Swiss takes some work but has been particularly efficient. The new passports for the kids arrived in…

A neighbourhood day

Today we pretended to not be tourists. We puttered in the neighbourhood taking in the sites that lend character to the place we now call home. Small observations today but nonetheless things that inspire a pause in that we find ourselves with plenty of time to do so. People who aren’t tourists do normal things…

Zurich in the rain

After the heat of our first days we were happy to have a cool, rainy day in the forecast. In retrospect, a bit more sun and warmth would have been good for our day of exploring in Zurich. Despite being mocked by my family for packing an umbrella in our shipped goods, having an umbrella…

Torn

Today I am torn by the juxtaposition of this place. On one hand there is absurd, simple beauty around every corner which really feels like a fairytale. Yet on the otherhand there are the frustrations of being new that seem equally as absurd. The struggle I’m still failing at is figuring out how to throw…

A Sunday to spoil all Sunday’s to come…

Today was a little over the top. Stop reading here if you are finding our adventures a bit much to stomach while still calling us your friends. Even I was a little disgusted by the absurdity of today. When we arrived in Winterthur our cousin Thomas asked if we would like to join him Sunday…

First day loose in Winterthur

We live in a fairy tale. Keep in mind, we are in vacation mode for these first days. It will be less fairy tale like once settled into the mundane tasks of everyday. But for now we play tourist; and what a town this is!