Our final days with our buddies have helped to prepare them for their reintegration back to Canada. And that is important because leaving the palm trees and Mediterranean-like beauty of Lugano would be too cruel a transition back to the -23 of Canada. We’re thoughtful that way.
Our final days in Lugano were bliss, as is life there.
Reluctantly saying goodbye to Lugano, we boarded a north-bound train back to Winterthur.
Our final Saturday together had a very Swiss agenda. A snowy tour of Rapperswil followed by raclette in Bäretswil with our family.
Leaving Rapperswil for our final stop of the day to the very epi-centre of Swiss-ness: Bäretswil.
D’s birthday couldn’t have been better -still on holidays and still with his bff. Couldn’t ask for a better day.
Even Cath got in on the zip line action.
Hard to know what memories they’ll cherish most once they go. Will it be the amazing view in Lugano, the crazy sprinting through train stations and bus terminals or the jockeying for position on our one wee toilet?
For Cath it will likely have something to do with the cheese. The giant block of Parmesano Reggiano so cheap in Italy it might as well have been stolen.
For Parker it may not have been the hockey or even the scary funicolare ride but rather that fateful moment when he got locked in our washroom.
For Kenzie there were so many great moments, in each and every shop we visited. There is a young Swiss Au-Pere in the making with this one. She’ll be back.
Whatever their favourite memory, their time here with us will forever be one of our most favourite memories of our year here. Thank you for bringing us so much happiness and joy, simply by being here.