We arrived in Zurich, Switzerland after a great many hours on airplanes. We flew in to Atlanta and met my mom there (who was coming from St. Louis) and then we all got on the big airplane for the next nine hours. The girls were good considering. Fortunately, we each had our own little console so I watched a bunch of movies, read, and the flight attendants really kept the food and drinks coming.
|Mom, Bianca and Portia glad to have arrived in Zurich|
We stopped along the way at an aquarium restaurant and we discovered our waitress knew absolutely no English. So I got to use my German for the first time in over 15 years (which I had taken in both high school and four semesters in college). I was surprised by how much I retained after not using it for so long. Unfortunately, we also discovered that if you ask for "wasser" (water) you're going to get fizzy soda water, which is just as expensive as soda. A hard lesson to learn, considering Portia wouldn't even drink hers. I learned a new term, though, "leitungswasser" which sometimes worked to get us tap water at the next restaurants. We had pizzas, and they were okay. We went to the grocery store Coop afterwards and picked up a few essentials--milk, bread, Swiss hot cocoa (of course) and Nutella.
|The 66 steps to our house|
|Bianca and Portia showing off their Swiss snails|