Seeing as we’re about as daft as a brush about European languages, we’re headed off to the pristine hills and rural valleys of Austria and Switzerland (with a short visit to Germany) armed with nothing but unbriddled enthusiasm and a cornucopia of of mispronounced phrases!
In my mind’s eye, I see us having loads of Apfelstrudel and a zillion types of Wurst all washed down with Kölsch or Viennese coffee! As you can see, I really have this well planned ;P (NOT). My deepest apologies to anyone who’s German, Austrian or Swiss for the abject colloquialization of your culture and it’s reduction into rudimentary bits of food and tourist hotspots! I hope that my naïveté and genuine wonder at it all makes you feel less flesh-creepingly embarassed about what you might see here post holiday! Stay with me…I aim to please!
All I really know about the next two weeks is that it’s going to be fab family time with the 5 of us ; there will be moments when we won’t know if we should believe that this is indeed our life, and not me chasing after some sort of spangled dream; and moments when we painfully think we should never have planned this holiday or chosen the London Zoo for the day (at a fraction of the price)! I hope that there’ll be no illnesses, that for a change no one throws up on our economy flight where the bathroom’s the size of a wheelie bin. That we don’t get robbed or get drenched more than twice in one day!!
I’m going to very deliberately be off the Internet in my endeavour to have the truest experience of being in the moment, of trying to nest wherever I am and travel even when home; so if you need to reach me, please do email me and I’ll drop you a line as soon as I’m back! I’ll make an exception to my “off-grid” experience on the 4th of August where I’m going to be posting photos that will be used on the TOTS 100 Instagram feed as part of their Summer Instagram Takeover so if you fancy seeing pictures of Swiss Villages, HERE is where you’ll find me
There’ll be a few travel posts (totally scroll-intensive) after I’m back so please do pop in and have a look!
For now, I’ll leave you with a song that’s been playing on repeat for me, maybe it’s the monochrome imagery that has always moved me at a molecular level or a girlish Country-Music/Rodeo Cowboy hangover – Stetsons, Cuban heeled boots, Plaid! I very nearly made Calgary my home once .I hope you like this song…
Here’s a photoessay from the last time we went away in case you fancy indulging your wanderlust ;) :