Ramblings from a very stressful first night

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

This place is huge!!!  I had no idea!!  So big in fact, that even though we arrrived into Zurich, drove to our house with our dear transitional specialist Angelika, unpacked, cooked dinner, bathed, laughed, celebrated, jumped up and down, and finally settled in some (in about 2 hours) -- we are now all sleeping (loosely translated) in the main living quarters together on mattresses on the floor because we cannot stand to split up and goto our separate beds.  

It is really really stressful on all of us right now.  The only one who has yet to ball her eyes out is Serena!! She stayed strong through the whole thing, and said she was actually already feeling normal, like home.


Kayley is having a particularly rough time, the flight, stress, new sheets, etc. has flared her eczema and she is up scratching like mad.  There are no fans, and some how, these gorgeous windows do not have screens.  Its a bit stuffy, and that is not what she needs. 


Its 4am and  I am tossing and turning and  emailing instead of sleeping now.

We know it will all get better in a week or two, but as for now we are really stressed out and dealing with the much anticipated jetlag homesickness that I am sure is all normal and blah blah blah. 

Frankly, we are a bit terrified.


Anyways, I need to try to wind down.  Not sure what tomorrow will bring.  Everyone has been very friendly, but we have little direction.  A few shopping items -- we blew up 2 clocks already.  We need a fan and a couple of converters.  Kalyley lost her purple comfy pillow (from my mom) and is very down about that.


We will try going to church on Sunday.  Maybe to walk in Old Town on Sat.  This is the first lovely weekend in months here.


Funny, weather for our travels.


I sat next to a man on the plane (3 hour delay, missed connection) who works in logistics, who literally said that it sounds like  Brain was coming in to save all of Europe!!  He says Holcim is incredibly well known and respected, and if they set to make the much needed worldwide antitrust changes that he is here to help regulate, many other companies will follow.


I explained the importance to Kayley, and she agreed that we need to at least give it a couple of weeks before we beg to go home.  That and 40 winks... goodnight

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Vanessa on

Not sure if you know, but most likely there are no screens because there are no mossies etc. You're fine to open the windows without them -moths are most likely the worst that will happen. I have never come across window fly screens in mainland Europe -possibly witht he exception of luxury places in Southern Spain -and never felt the need. Hope this helps. When we first moved here it was weird that all the windows were screened and we felt sort of trapped.

Aunt Nancy on

It must be difficult to adjust to a different kind of lifestyle in a new Country; but You guys all seem to have the determination to make this adventure work. Hopefully, Kayley will do better (feel so sorry for her health conditions). You are all in our prayers. Enjoy reading about your comments. In years to come, you will look back at this and hopefully laugh about all the "unfortunate" things that happened. Hope every day gets easier for you. The kids are probably better at this than you and Brian, huh? Take care. Love ya.

Brad Bushman on

Open the windows. There are no screens because there are no bugs in Europe.

pano.mamalou on

Oh, wow, what an adventure so far, with lots more to come. I hope that Kayley
gets releif soon from her excyma. The stress level is surely going to take some time to adjust to. Don't they have airconditioning? What is the temp?
Are the evenings cool, Can you see the Alps? Sounds like Brian's job is way more important than I thought, and hope that when he is at work, you guys will have lots of adventures to tell us about. Love and hugs, pano

Denise on

So glad you made it. Saw the rain on Wed. night and thought of you guys leaving.:( Sounds like all are really hanging in there. I am sure you guys will find your groove (lack of better word) soon and settle in. I love that you had eachother to comfort and you guys decided to sleep all together that first night. Sounds like Brian will truly be a hero and you will be his great support and side kicks;) We miss you and are so glad you are keeping us posted so regularly. Hang in there lady you can do it!!! Picture Olivia and Victoria shacking their heads and smiling for you!


evan on

i hope you have a good vacation. i like the picture with Alexander face down on the chair. Send more pictures and get some sleep. Love, Evan

Amanda on

This site is so nice and easy to use. Happy to have updates of your trip so far. The boys and I had fun looking at your pictures and cant wait for more. Seth enjoyed the cow pictures. It has cooled off around here. Hopefully it will for you guys, too. I did not know you were going to have so much room. Is it a house with multiple units or do you have the whole place to yourself? It looks like you have a lot more room than i thought you would. much nicer than house hunters international...Evan wants to see pictures of your groceries! Did your crate of 2000 lbs of stuff arrive ok?

smitherland on

Apparently we are rural enough to get mosquitos, flies, bees, etc. Not so many as home, though. The folks that lived here before us were American and fashioned a makeshift screen for one bedrooom window. Its been perfect. We do leave the other windows open all day long though now. Thanks for the immediate advice, it helped!!

As rural as we are the walk down to shops is only 10 minutes, but very steep!

Our shipped items should be here during the week sometime...

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