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I love having a GPS here; in fact I am sure there are a lot of things that I never ever would have attempted in the last 12 days without "the lady" (as our friends Binit and Angie call it). We just exchanged for a larger car (by law, we needed one that would accommodate car seats for all 3 kids) and by some accident we now have GPS built in and a hand held Tom-Tom that I have learned to trust a little more. When I am feeling particularly lost I can ask both ladies to bark out directions to me. So it went yesterday.
Yesterday, the girls and I attempted a little outing while Brian stayed home with a sleeping Alex
We got lost finding where underground entrance to the CoOp Store. We got lost making sense of the parking garage and the insane number of quirky Swiss rules when it comes to parking. So lost in fact, that we did not even make it into the store! We gave up to go home. We got lost going around the triangular shaped one way block that leads to our farmhouse. I knew we were close to home, but the ladies were both telling me it was another 20 minutes in the opposite direction. I finally called Brian in tears, as the girls encouraged me from the back seat. We turned off the GPS helpers and wandered blind, making it home in 3 minutes, but still feeling very unaccomplished and frustrated
“I will not be defeated by a trip to get milk!” I said to Brian. Take me back up there and drive around while I shop so we don’t have to park. Alexander was still napping, and I already felt perfectly comfortable leaving the girls home to work on the computer while he and I left for a ½ hour. Kids much younger walk ½ a mile to and from school on their own everyday. It’s a beautiful feeling, safety.
He obliged, found parking, and $125 later we had our milk and 4 days worth of food as well. Won’t need to think about grocery shopping for almost a week! WooHoo! (We already have our dorm fridge packed like only an American housefrau can! My kitchen looks like a Costco warehouse compared to others. Mostly because we shipped cereal and ricearoni and BBQ sauce and such from home.)
After our shopping and a quick late lunch, we decided to go downtown to indulge Serena on my promise that we would try to rent bikes within our first two weeks here. To find a bike seat and kid bikes we were advised to go down to the lakeside area called Burkliplatz, though free bike rentals happen at train stations throughout the city
Getting lost all day takes a lot out of you. Brian had Alexander and himself asleep by 9pm, and the girls and I stayed up doing a little school work. I could hear what I thought was the neighbor’s music from downstairs, and opened the terrace to get a listen to what they had on.
“I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.”
Amen to that, brother Bono.
That is when it hit me… wait that sounds live… I read on the expat board that people have been selling U2 tickets all week. Could it be??? It is!! It is!! Holy cow, I can hear U2 live in concert form my terrace!!! I have to tell someone
Mom is a Party. That is what Serena wrote during our first mother daughter concert experience last night. I closed up the school work, and convinced her and Kayley to come out on the terrace and light some candles and enjoy our good luck, which we were so due. We looked up U2 on you tube (say that 3 times) so the girls could see who they were listening to. I was so excited I even tried to convince them to wander a bit closer so we could see beyond the trees on our property (Serena came along, Kayley stood guard from the terrace trying to mind us as we walked no farther than 100m from her, by her orders).
As the concert ended we noticed the carnival lights from the fair in town (Should we go tomorrow? Why; it’s something we would avoid at all costs back home), and enjoyed a light snack before heading off to bed.
Today we will head off to Lucerne to show the kids Mt Pilatus –the excursion that I insisted Brian take me to when we came to Europe in 2006. It is truly marvelous. This will be our first big expedition as a family
Our view of the world is getting bigger!
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