Saddest day.

Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
Trip End Apr 10, 2011

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Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Friday, July 23, 2010

Well, we had all agreed that we would all met up in the van outside the hotel at 7'o’clock in the morning. But. Joel in his infinite wisdom though it appropriate to synchronize the DS alarm clock with our weather monitor. Which as he should have known is ALWAYS an hour behind.
This meant we awoke at 7:15. Fifteen minutes after we were supposed tom meet the family to take them to the train station.
What followed was a flurry of insanity that had the van all up heaved and driving in a matter of seconds. Joel sustained a cut to the thumb somehow in the mess.

We met them half an hour later than we should have and they were waiting anxiously out the front of their building. Plan B was ready to ignite, when we came around the corner to save the day!

What followed was an agonizing farewell at the train station that had all the girls in tears and the boys putting on their brave faces. And then the train sped away.
It had been such a wonderful time together, with its ups and downs. Mostly ups. Sisters and mothers, sons and fathers, it was an outstanding experience.

The rest of the day, Joel had to nurse a distraught and teary Jena. She missed them immediately; even crying while tried to read her book in the evening.
The Bigwig is definitely sadly lighter. We wish it never had to end.

After they trained away we got back into the van and drove out of Luzern (hopefully escaping a horrific parking fine) and drove into the microscopic country Lichtenstein.

The country is only 6km east to west and 25 km north to south. We went into the capital Vaduz, which is no bigger than bloodly Cooranbong and bought some provisions and a souvenir (including an Australian flag for the car) before we pressed on through a corner of Austria into Germany.

On the way to Fussen we parked at a little private pond to settle down and weather the obscenely fat rain. Jena was practically inconsolable, sobbing. Joel tried all his best to console her. Eventually resorting to fireworks which resulted in him burning himself again. This time quite badly (elbow and fingers). Jena cheered up a bit.
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