6 months ago we stepped off of the airplane, onto European soil for the first time in our lives!
6 months ago we embraced our new adventure with wide eyes and open arms
6 months ago we knew nothing of what life was like living in a Swiss city, or living anywhere out of the United States.
6 months ago we made a conscious decision to embrace our new experiences and create a happy 12 months in Zurich
6 months ago we knew that in order for our huge life change to succeed, we would have to continue building our strong, very happy and healthy marriage, hug and kiss our two year old as much as possible and remember that home is really where your family is.
Sitting here, at the exact half way point of our Swiss adventure, I can say I'm truly happy we decided to pursue such an adventure. It has challenged us to change and adapt our lifestyle, it is continually teaching us that Ella is so adaptable and enjoys the continuous travel, it has encouraged our desire to explore the country by foot, car and train, and it has taught us how to find humor in even the smallest tasks (like learning how to work a laundry machine that is programmed in German, and finding the right detergent for your dishwasher so that it doesn't explode soap bubbles all over your floor and take three days to dry out. Not that I would know that, of course :o) And it is still trying to get me to adapt to eating Bratwurst on a regular basis (well, really at all), that is one part of their food culture I just can't get behind. I have also developed a great relationship with Skype! It has allowed us to keep in touch with family and friends, as well as allowing grandparents to keep up their relationship with Ella, which makes being away from home, much more bearable.
These first 6 months simultaneously feel like they've lasted for an eternity and like they have passed by in just minutes. We have seen Rome (twice), Tuscany, Milan, Lugano, Geneva, Einsiedeln, Engelberg, St. Gallen, Appenzeller, Chur, Davos, Klosters, Brigg, Basel, Lucerne, HeidiLand, Dijon (france), Munich, Brand (Austria), many of the small towns surrounding Zurich, and, of course, most of Zurich.
We've eaten our fair share of cheese, meats, chocolate, discovered a love for Italian red wine, and a dislike for Swiss Beers. We've done a little hiking and a little sledding, picked up a few German words, and learned how to make Rosti. Yet, after all this, there is still so much to learn about this city and all that life can be while living in Switzerland. And, the longer we are here, the more our travel list is growing, rather than shrinking! Now, that we are starting to count down the months here, we are having to prioritize our weekends of travel and the places we just cannot miss while we're living abroad. However, we can honestly say that we 'hit the ground running' upon our arrival. My goal was to be able to say that I didn't let time pass me by while we were here, and I think, thus far, we are accomplishing that goal. (while also sneaking in a couple quiet weekends for some good old fashion rest and relaxation.) The only other goal that I have to add to the next 6 months is to not focus too much of my time on our next move, but to continue to enjoy our very limited amount of time in Zurich.
I am also way behind on any travel updates in the last month! I have a lot of catching up to do, but until then - here's a pic of us in Davos (go put a jacket on right now, just so you can pretend to feel how cold it was there!! brrr!!)
This is what we do inside when it's snowing, the snow plows haven't come out yet, and it's just too icy cold to go out and play.