We have had a few days recently to feel as though we were on holiday, touring through the Swiss countryside like tourists do. Only we aren’t on holidays. Not yet. You see, those days we were touring Barcelona and Florence earlier this year, while you were cursing us and thinking “must be nice”, those days of holiday were in exchange for now. While you’re breathing a sigh of relief because you made it through another school year, we’re still trucking along.
Two more weeks to go… Shhhhhh, we’re trying really, really hard to not point out this fact to the kids. As a 12 year old, I wouldn’t have taken that news well either.
While it doesn’t feel like summer, based on the day-to-day routine, it sure as heck does, based of the thermometer. 32 degrees these days. Intolerable if you ask me. But no one is asking, no one needs to. It’s a well known fact now. I’m too warm. ALL. THE. DAMN. TIME.
Except for a few blissful days while Aunt Janey was here to visit us. She brought along perfect weather – cool even. It was heaven. And we made the most of it, packing in a lot of miles in a few busy days.
There is truly a business opportunity here. Offering guided tours of Switzerland with enough family dysfunction to make you feel really good about yourself. No one wants to spend time with people who seem perfect; that leaves you feeling like an under-achiever, insignificant, frumpy even. No one needs friends or family who make them feel that way. What we offer, on the flip side is a “wow factor” that encompasses the good, the bad and the ugly.
“Wow, look at that view.”
“Wow, that cheese plate is amazing.”
“Wow, is that normal?”
“Wow, that can’t be good.”
We’re givers that way. Sharing all of ourselves. Warts and all, as they say. (For the record, I’m quite certain we did not send Aunt Janey away with any warts. Not on purpose, anyway.)
Here’s a glimpse of some of the memories we did send her away with.
The soundtrack of Schwyz.
Thank you for joining us on your European adventure Aunt Janey. We sure loved having you with us.
We are taking requests for personalized tours. Your days will be filled with spectacular Swiss scenes and culinary delights, seasoned with family dysfunction and punctuated with some German expletives, just to keep things real. We are nothing, if not real.
Despite the beauty of our surroundings, nothing compares to home and we are missing our Canadian friends and family this Canada Day. Happy Canada Day.