After many hours of travel, we are finally here in Bern, Switzerland! We are -pooped- so we’re heading to bed. I just wanted to say:
1. Swiss trains are awesome.
2. Swiss people are much nicer than online travel blogs make them out to be.
3. The only other indian I saw here was driving a taxi. Go figure (Not that I can talk, a software engineer).
4. The views are spectacular from everywhere!!!
How spectacular? This photo was taken on the train traveling quite fast during a rainy end of daylight hours.
Yeah, this is the shitty view through double paned glass with reflections from the interior lights and it was STILL AMAZING.
It’s raining here in Bern, and it’s supposed to rain again tomorrow but I’ve already fallen in love with this capital after riding a taxi through a teeny portion of it. Tomorrow – I am going to take photos of all the things!
Back in March, Jeremy and I spent part of our trip to Florida visiting Siesta Key. He had some sweet memories from his childhood – visiting the beach and getting ice cream at ‘The Big Olaf’- a creamery inland. The beach was especially kind to us. There were small schools of fish along the shore, and the tide had gone out – giving us close access to all the seabirds hunting the beach.
Jeremy and I are on the cusp of our next international destination : Switzerland!! As exciting as that has been to plan – I haven’t even written about the last time we went to a different country! My cousin got married last August in Scotland and we just had to go! We found the sweetest little cottage on a cliff and made our base of operations in Scotland in the little town of Queensferry.
“Beyond the East the sunrise, beyond the West the sea,
And East and West the wanderlust that will not let me be;
It works in me like madness, dear, to bid me say good-by!
For the seas call and the stars call, and oh, the call of the sky!
I know not where the white road runs, nor what the blue hills are,
But man can have the sun for friend, and for his guide a star;
And there’s no end of voyaging when once the voice is heard,
For the river calls and the road calls, and oh, the call of a bird!
Yonder the long horizon lies, and there by night and day
The old ships draw to home again, the young ships sail away;
And come I may, but go I must, and if men ask you why,
You may put the blame on the stars and the sun and the white road and the sky!”
― Gerald Gould
My favorite furpal. She’ll be 12 this go-round the sun. May the badassery never cease!
Jeremy’s been doing Kung Fu for a few months now. He started back in the summer and has really loved it. It was a source of stress relief when I would spend long hours at work and as a result be fairly unavailable at home. I’ll write more on work life balance later – but a new hobby that prioritzes both mental and physical discipline can help get through those rough weeks when your spouse is focusing on something else. And it paid off. Jeremy placed first in his group yesterday at the 2016 US Open.
Our small group friends Thomas and Noke put on an amazing fireworks show at their home this year. I brought my camera and caught a few of the explosions. I hope Jeremy and I can have a similar tradition once we have a larger home in the future! It sure was fun!
Chihuly in the Garden is back in Atlanta. I remember my first year in college, at Georgia State University, when Chihuly in the Garden first came to Atlanta. It was a good experience to see such synthetic shapes mix in with the natural elements of the garden. I was excited when they announced that Chihuly had chosen to do new installations this year and went with my parents. :) We took lots of photos!
This weekend we spent the entirety of Saturday in North Georgia. Between rainshowers we hiked up the incline and then the subsequent 500 steps. It was good to get some exercise as life changes lately have cost me my usual exercise time. The showers kept the temperature down and we got to enjoy some nice cloud cover and excellent water throughput on the falls. Check out all the photos!